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Rotterdam Beats is the international business platform and showcase festival for urban bass & beats. Our fifth edition takes place November 14 and 15, 2014.

Rotterdam Beats is an annual initiative in The Netherlands to promote urban bass & beats culture in Europe and to encourage the creation of strong international networks within the urban music industry worldwide. As with likeminded Dutch music festivals Amsterdam Dance Event and Noorderslag Groningen, we aim to become the main European platform and networking festival for our genre.

Rotterdam Beats is a business platform and a showcase-festival. During our business conference we invite guests and speakers from the international music industry for exclusive networking sessions, panel discussions and Q&A’s to share their knowledge and create new connects. During our showcase festival we highlight the newest trends, sounds and talent, from groundbreaking headliners to massive talent on the come-up. Rotterdam Beats hosts a vibrant program for upcoming talent as well, with our Beats Pitches, workshops, master classes, network sessions and many other exciting program details.

“I am very impressed with what I’ve seen here. Nowhere else in the world is there a conference like this.”
Riggs Morales, VP of A&R, Atlantic Records (before: Shady Records, The Source Magazine)

“The real eye-opener in the European festival calendar last year was Rotterdam Beats.”
Joe Muggs – The Guardian

“Rotterdam Beats is on the verge of something big. Each year it’s a step closer to becoming an event every rapper, producer, promoter, or journalist should attend on an international scale.”
Carl Chery – Beats Music / Beats By Dre (before: XXL Magazine)


DAY and NIGHT locations of Rotterdam Beats

RB Info & Ticket Centre:
Schiekade 203
3013 BR Rotterdam
Opening hours: 12:00 – 22:00

On Friday November 14th and Saturday November 15th, the Rotterdam Beats info & tickets center will be available for all your enquiries. Next to all the info and advice we can give you about the Rotterdam Beats program, this is where you can buy your Rotterdam Beats All Access ticket, Rotterdam Beats by Night Festival passe partouts and individual tickets for the Rotterdam Beats by Night program. Rotterdam Beats delegates will be able to collect their badge & wristband here.



Schiekade 201

3013BR Rotterdam

Opening hours:
12:00 – 05:00

Delftsestraat 19A

3013AD Rotterdam

Opening hours:
12:00 – 23:00


Schiekade 201

3013BR Rotterdam

Opening hours:
12:00 – 05:00

Raampoortstraat 26-28

3032AH Rotterdam

Opening hours:
12:00 – 05:00
Delftsestraat 15

3013 AC Rotterdam

Opening hours:
20:00 – 05:00
Mini Mall

Raampoortstraat 30

3032AH Rotterdam

Opening hours:
12:30 – 05:00
Schiestraat 42

3013AH Rotterdam

Opening hours:
20:00 – 06:00
Kruiskade 26

3012EH Rotterdam

Opening hours:
23:00 – 05:00




Rotterdam Beats by Day

Our DAY program consists of an international business conference and an exciting talent program. In our past four editions we had talks by Whoo Kid (G-Unit), Kendrick Lamar’s manager Dave Free, reggae superstar Shaggy, riddim pioneer Cleveland ‘Clevie’ Browne, representatives from The Fader/Cornerstone, Interscope’s Jericho Adams, Shady Records, Soundcloud, SBTV, XXL Magazine, OkayPlayer, Atlantic Records, Southport Weekender, Hip Hop Kemp, Geffen, Boiler Room, splash!, Dirty Dutch, Konvict Music, BBC Radio 1Xtra, 22 Tracks, Mixcloud, representatives from the main European labels and festivals in our genre and many more.

Highlights included our popular Beats Pitches, with Riggs Morales (for Shady Records), Jonathan Christiansen (for American TV show Power with 50 Cent) and leading Dutch record label Top Notch looking for new production talent; keynote speeches on the Dutch Caribbean roots of international club music by US professor Wayne Marshall and DJ Moortje and workshops by MPC-developer Roger Linn, Om’Mas Keith, Black Milk, hip hop writers Saul van Stapele (NRC/Rotterdam Beats) and Carl Chery (XXL/Beats Music) and many more.

Rotterdam Beats by Night

Our NIGHT program offers a showcase-festival and many exciting parties and aims to present new trends, sounds and talent, from groundbreaking headliners to massive talent on the come-up. In our past four editions we presented shows by Hudson Mohawke, 2 Chainz, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, Mr. Probz, Munchi, Quadron, Hiatus Kaiyote, Pac Div, Lunice, Sevdaliza, Charles Bradley, A-Trak, Dope D.O.D., Camo & Krooked, Rockie Fresh, the 25-year anniversary of bubbling with DJ Moortje, MC Pester, MC Problem Child and Coversquad, Coely, Kraantje Pappie, Hef, Pink Occulus, Nouveau Riche Music, Zebra Katz, Mount Kimbie, Monsieur Nov, Syron, Gappy Ranks, Szjerdene, L’Entourage, Piff Gang, Jiggy Djé, Marfox, Pete Philly, Sef, Typhoon, VSOP, Fresku, Zwart Licht, De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig, La Melodia, Watsky, Black Coffee, Gorgon City, Maydien, Dream Koala, S O H N, Oddisee, Ryan Hemsworth, Sir OJ, Full Crate & Mar, Machinedrum, Jameszoo, Hopsin, Lil Silva, Skip & Die, NoizBoiz, DuvelDuvel, Ntjam Rosie, Foreign Beggars, Bert on Beats, Benny Page & Zero G, Akkachar, Cinnaman, Nick Waterhouse, Modestep, ELOQ and many more.

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