Sea Island Fortress Transforms Into New Music Event in Amsterdam


It may not be the party capitol of the world like Ibiza, But at least Amsterdam has their own EDM party Island they can now call home.

Popular European house music record label Innervisions is on their way to creating a 375 year old Spanish sea fortress into a new EDM Festival/nightclub on the artificial island Pampus.


Pampus is part of the Defense Line of Amsterdam, a system of defense works constructed between 1880 and 1920. It consists of a ring of forts, dams, locks, dykes and ramparts around Amsterdam. By flooding the surrounding area, Amsterdam could be secured against invasion within 48 hours. The system of 46 island forts presented a formidable obstacle to any enemy trying to capture the city. The Defense Line of Amsterdam was placed on the World Heritage List in 1996.

Pampus is situated in the former inland sea the Zuiderzee at a stone’s throw from Amsterdam. At low tide it used to block the access of seagoing ships to the Amsterdam port. It was quite a handicap for the VOC, the Dutch East Indian Trading Company. Late in the 19th century an island fort was built at the site as one of a ring of 42 fortifications surrounding Amsterdam. The fort was abandoned in 1933 when the Zuiderzee was closed off from the North Sea by a dam and became the lake Ijsselmeer.

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In 2007, the sea fortress was somewhat restored. The island is now open to the public for about € 17.50 admission includes both fort and round-trip ferry from Muiden. The island is roughly three kilometres from the coast and the Muiden ferry takes around 20 minutes to get there. There are also direct ferries from Amsterdam, You can also reach the fort by private vessel.

Source: Innervisions

Source: Wikipedia

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