The festival celebrates its 50th birthday: a golden anniversary and a unique record!
Since 1990, Pinkpop has been in the Great Guiness Book of Records as the oldest continuous pop festival in The Netherlands (but according to many, the oldest in the world). More fun facts about Pinkpop, its history and all acts and posters can be found here.
In 2019 Pinkpop will take place on Megaland in Landgraaf for the 32nd time.
The first edition of the festival was held on May 18th 1970 in Geleen (where Pinkpop was held 17 times). In 1987, the festival was once held in Baarlo. More information regarding the history of Pinkpop can be found here.
Pinkpop is organized with the kind cooperation of the Limburg town of Landgraaf and its inhabitants.
What is Pinkpop?
At the festivalsite of Pinkpop, you will enjoy over 50 top acts on 5 stages (open air and indoors) in three days. Next tot the main site, you will find smaller areas such as the Kalm Aan Laan (Take It Easy Lane) or Garden of Love with more diversity in food and drinks and a place to relax. At the festival market, you will find a unique offer of bohemian, vintage, boots, bags, shirts (kids as well), sunglasses, hats, jewelry and even more! It’s mostly a place of designs by creative exhibitors.
Do you want to keep partying throughout the night? There’s a night program at Camping B (only for visitors with a weekend ticket!).
Opening hours festival site
- Saturday 8 June 2019 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight, program starts at 1:30 p.m.
- Sunday 9 June 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 01:30 a.m., program starts at 1:00 p.m.
- Monday 10 June 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight, program starts at 12:45 p.m.
Map festival area
Arrival: tickets / wristbands
One-day visitors: ticket = entrance.
This means you do not receive a wristband! During the festival, you are allowed to leave the festival site, but do NOT forget the scan your ticket on your way out! If you forget, you are NOT allowed back on the site.
Weekend visitors: wristband + ticket = entrance.
As a weekend visitor, you will be asked to show your wristband + ticket on all three festival days (the same goes for the camping sites). So be sure to keep your ticket in your pocket, even after you’ve received your wristband!
- Wristbands are strictly personal and can’t be shared with other people. This means it isn’t possible to come to the festival on Friday, collect your wristband, leave Pinkpop and let a friend go to the festival on Saturday and Sunday.
- If you lose your wristband and/or ticket, you will need to buy a new ticket, but only if there are tickets left. A torn wristband can only be exchanged for a new one upon showing a valid entrance ticket and the torn wristband.
- Tickets can’t be returned once they are purchased.
Calamities and safety
Pinkpop’s organisation attaches great importance to safety at the festival! Our professional partners in safety and crowd control ensure that safety always comes first.
However, if there is a calamity, despite our safety measures: stay calm and take cover. Follow the instructions communicated on the various screens and by security staff. Do not use your phone for calls or the internet, but only send texts, to ensure the telephone network doesn’t get overloaded. Make sure you’re always aware of the nearest emergency exit!
Beware! Crowdsurfing is prohibited. In collaboration with other European festival we have decided to take this measure, for your own safety.
In the case of a missing person or theft et cetera, you can go to the temporary police desk at the roundabout near the entrance of Camping site A. This is at about 300 metres of the festival site. You can report a crime here. Unfortunately, the loss or theft of tickets or wristbands will not be dealt with. Tips about selling false tickets or the resale of
You can follow the Pinkpop police twitter.com/PolLimburg for pickpocket alarms et cetera.
First aid / The Red Cross
First aid following accidents, proceed to the Red Cross post. Where to find these?
Festival site: left and right to the Mainstage and the Brightlands Stage, at the Pinkpop square near the special-needs entrance and to the right of the North Stage, open during the festival site opening hours.
Pinkpop Camping sites: in the service areas, where the catering is. These are open day and night during camping site opening hours.
- Bring your medical insurance card!
- Bright sunny day? Use sunscreen lotion! We recommend a 30+ factor. Be sure to drink plenty of water (freely available at the WML stands at the festival site) and wear a cap or hat.
- Prepare for every type of weather. Best is to wear several layers of clothing, be sure to bring rainwear and sensible shoes. Umbrellas aren’t allowed, rain ponchos are!
- Beware of ticks, both at the festival site and the camping sites. Check for bites and if you notice any: proceed to the nearest Red Cross post; they will help.
Liquor and narcotics
- Visitors under 18 years of age are not allowed to buy and/or consume alcoholic beverages under Dutch law. Furthermore, it is prohibited for visitors older than 18 years to pass on alcoholic beverages to minors. Offenders are given one warning. If a second warning is necessary, the offender will be removed from the festival site. You can be asked to show your ID by Pinkpop staff, security personnel or other authorized personnel, in order to establish your age.
- 18+ wristband: If you appear younger than 25 and are requested to show your ID, you can get an 18+ wristband. You can obtain an 18+ wristband at the bars and the info stand at the festival site and the token stands, supermarket and bars at the camping sites.
Not yet 18 and still longing for a beer and a cocktail? Non-alcoholic beers and cocktails are available!
- The consumption of strong liquor is prohibited at Pinkpop.
- Smoking is only allowed in the open air. So: no smoking in buildings, tents or beneath canopies. Visitors under 18 are not allowed to buy tobacco at Pinkpop.
- According to Dutch Law it is prohibited to carry or deal narcotics. Police uphold a zero-tolerance policy, meaning: narcotics are never allowed at Pinkpop. Police and organizers can check baggage and also search visitors.
Jan Smeets’ tip: do not buy narcotics, do not smoke and drink in moderation. This will give you the best shot at enjoying Pinkpop 2019 (the 50th edition!) and those to follow. Take good care of yourself and your friends.
Allowed/Not allowed at the festival site
Yes, allowed are:
- Small bags (max 30 x 21 x 10 cm);
- Plaid or blanket to sit on (but no tarps);
- Rain ponchos;
- Powerbank, max. phone size, for personal use only;
- Simple (digital) photo cameras without interchangeable lenses;
- Flag poles (max. 2 cm wide and 2 m long);
- Sun tanning lotion (small plastic TUBES of max. 10 cm. NO spray bottles. Factor 30+ is advisable!);
- Empty foldable/collapsible waterbags (max 400ml). Regular
liquid carriers like glas/aluminium and plastic bottles are not allowed.
No, not allowed are:
- Bubble blowing products;
- Camping equipment (like hammers and tent poles);
- Camelbags / backpack with water reservoir;
- Drinks and food in any packaging;
- Flyers, stickers and other promotional material;
- Gas canisters;
- Hallucinogens, (including nitrous oxide canisters);
- Poisonous, inflammable or explosive materials;
- Glassware, tins or plastic bottles;
- Glow sticks, ‘fairy lights’, laser pointers and other equipment with coherent light or laser beams;
- LED foamsticks;
- Pets or other animals;
- Foldable and other buggies;
- Stool, folding chairs and chairs;
- Nitrous oxide;
- Air pillows and other inflatable furniture or objects, such as poofs (incl. lamzac);
- (Permanent) markers;
- E-cigarette refills or canisters;
- Unmanned aircraft (s-called UAVs and drones);
- Umbrellas, parasols, (party)tents;
- Plastic tarp;
- Professional photo, audio and video equipment. For the organizers all cameras with interchangeable lenses are professional equipment and are not allowed. The same goes for action cameras, including GoPros;
- Provocative clothing or face veils;
- Mobile scooters;
- Selfie sticks;
- Skates, bikes, scooters, skateboards;
- Solar chargers
- Spraying cans, except for deodorants or perfume;
- Horns, gas horns and other obtrusive sound equipment;
- Football shirts and other club wear, such as motor clubs et cetera;
- Fireworks, flares and confetti shooters;
- Walking sticks, except for medical crutches;
- Weapons, chains (except for chains used on pants or as jewellery) or other objects that can be used as weapons or for disturbing the peace;
- Water pipes or bongs;
- As well as other dangerous objects.
Please note: in case of doubt the senior security officer at the entrance will have the final say.
Food and drinks
You’re not allowed to bring your own food or drinks onto the festival site. But like every year we do our very best to make sure there is a wide range of good food and drinks available! The quality of the food at Pinkpop is high and the variety continues to increase each year. Besides the best French fries, snacks, kebabs, pizzas and other festival foods at the main site, you can find many exotic dishes and a wide range of organic, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan catering in the ‘Kalm Aan Laan’. Prepared lovingly by authentic food companies.
- Need special food? If you need to bring your own food and/or drink to the festival site for medical reasons, don’t forget to bring your doctor’s statement and/or diabetic pass, to show to security at the entrance. If you want to be safe rather than sorry, complete this request form.
- Wine is available at multiple bars.
- Free water: WML (Watermaatschappij Limburg) lets you drink their high-quality water for free! On our map, you can find the water taps.
- Visitors under 18 years of age are not allowed to buy and/or consume alcoholic beverages under Dutch law. Furthermore, it is prohibited for visitors older than 18 to pass on alcoholic beverages to minors. Offenders are given one warning. If a second warning is necessary, the offender will be removed from the festival site. You can be asked to show your ID by Pinkpop staff, security personnel or other authorized personnel, in order to establish your age.
18+ wristband: If you appear younger than 25 and are requested to show your ID, you can get an 18+ wristband. You can obtain an 18+ wristband at the bars and the info stand at the festival site and the token stands, supermarket and bars at the camping sites.
Not yet 18 and still longing for a beer and a cocktail? Non-alcoholic beers and cocktails are available!
- Strong liquor doesn’t belong at Pinkpop and is not served.
Kalm Aan Laan (Take-it easy lane)
Need to get away from the crowd? Since 2008, the ‘Kalm Aan Laan’ has been synonymous with relaxation and enjoying special food! There is a wide range of organic, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and exotic foods available at the Take-it-easy Lane. Everything is lovingly prepared by authentic catering companies.
Bonnefanten Pinkpop-up museum
Andy Summers Let’s Get Weird
In collaboration with the BankGiro Loterij, the Bonnefanten Museum shows work by photographer Andy Summers. During Pinkpop 2019 you will see the Let’s Get Weird exhibition in the Bonnefanten Pinkpop-up Museum. Through 250 photos that Summers took during his tours with The Police, you will be taken into the rock-and-roll life of the British guitar legend.
Summers is known as the guitarist of rock band The Police. However, he is not only a guitar virtuoso, but also since 1979, the year in which The Police performed a legendary performance on Pinkpop, a fanatic and gifted photographer. In addition to a preference for night shots, the work is characterized by a feeling of intimacy, surrealism and a dynamic that can best be described as “in media res” in the middle of the act. Summers argues that his photography may have been influenced by his fascination with music and that photography forms a visual counterpart to the music that constantly plays through his mind. A “must see” for every Police fan, Pinkpop visitor and photography and music lover.
Let’s Get Weird can be seen daily at the Bonnefanten Pinkpop-up Museum in the Kalm Aan Laan.
Want to see more of Andy Summers?
On presentation of your Pinkpop wristband you can visit Andy Summers ’one-time solo exhibition in the Bonnefanten Museum free of charge until 3 September 2019. More information www.bonnefanten.nl.
During Pinkpop, every 50th visitor to the Bonnefanten Pinkpop-up museum receives a free Andy Summers Lets Get Weird t-shirt.
Behind the main entrance, on the square and in front of Stage 4, you can find the festival market. Buy your accessories here to enjoy a fashionable festival season! The stalls offer a wide range of, bohemian, vintage, boots, bags, shirts (for kids, too), sunglasses, hats, jewellery and much more! They are often unique designs, especially made by the creative stallholders.
Many fun Pinkpop souvenirs are available at the festival again this year. We have sunglasses, ear plugs, magnets and much more. We will also sell unique bags, wallets and other accessories made from used Pinkpop banners at a workplace learning company called 100% Heerlen. These are all limited items, all uniquely different — collector’s items for the true fan!
The souvenirs are available at the mega stands of Thanx where you can also find all festival and band shirts. You can pay for the items with cash, tokens or your cash card. You will find the mega stands on the main square near the entrance and around the corner from the IBA Parkstad Stage. You will also find the 100% Heerlen stand here.
Forgot to buy a Pinkpop T-shirt during your very first edition? Check out our Pinkpop Pop-Up Store in the festival market, here you can find a wide range of old-school Pinkpop merchandise!
- The minimum age to enter the festival site unaccompanied is 12. Under 12 years of age there must be an adult accompanying the child. The same rule applies to the camping sites.
- You need to carry identification at all times, according to Dutch identification law. You can use your driver’s license, passport or identity card.
- Security personnel can and will search visitors at the entrance.. If you refuse to comply you will be expelled, without a refund.
- As a festival visitor, you need to uphold decisions of security staff as regards the carrying or bringing objects, food and/or equipment. There will be no discussion about this on the spot, nor after the festival.
- Police will be present at the festival to check on illegal trade, especially on the dealing in narcotics. If visitors do not obey the rules, they be removed from the festival.
- Unfortunately, for many years now Pinkpop organization have been obliged to use CCTV. The cameras are there to warrant the safety of our audience. Because, unfortunately, pickpockets are also present at Pinkpop.
- Video and/or audio recordings will be made by, or under the order of, the artists and the organization. With the purchase of your ticket, you will automatically agree that these can be used for promotion by the organization, the artists and the partners and/or sponsors thereof. If you are present in any of these recording, you will not be able to lay claim any compensation.
- If we find illegal objects during an obligatory search at the entrance check, you have the responsibility to store these outside of the festival area or throw them away. We do not store objects temporarily. However, if any found objects are illegal under Dutch Law, they will be confiscated. Objects that are confiscated or thrown away will not be returned.
- Crowdsurfing is prohibited. In collaboration with other European festival we have this measure in place for many years now, for your own safety.
- The illegal sale of T-shirts and other souvenirs as well as food & drinks to others is prohibited.
- You are not allowed to distribute promotional material like flyers, posters, banners and/or stickers in and around the festival site as well as on the camping sites and the roads. Recording samples is also prohibited.
- It is strictly forbidden to light a fire. anywhere. You will gravely endanger your life and that of other festival visitors. If you do start a fire, you will be removed from the festival site.
- Visitors under 18 are not allowed to buy and/or consume alcoholic beverages. Furthermore, it is prohibited for visitors older than 18 to pass on alcoholic beverages to minors. Offenders are given one warning. If a second warning is necessary, the offender will be removed from the festival. Upon request by Pinkpop staff, security personnel or other authorized personnel, you will be asked to show ID to establish your age.
18+ wristband: If you appear to be younger than 25 and are requested to show your ID, you can ask for an 18+ wristband. You can obtain an 18+ wristband at the bars and the info stand at the festival site and the token stands, supermarket and bars at the camping sites.
- Smoking is only allowed in the open air at Pinkpop. So: no smoking in buildings, tents or beneath canopies. Visitors under 18 are not allowed to buy tobacco at Pinkpop.
- When buying a ticket, Pinkpop visitors will automatically agree with our general conditions.
- Visitors need to uphold house rules as stated on this website.
- The festival organizers preserve the right to make changes in the program and/or the timetable.
Tickets / wristbands
- Day visitors: ticket = entrance. You will not receive a wristband! If you wish to leave the festival site for a while, please get your ticket scanned out. Without your ticket scanned out you will NOT be able to re-enter the festival site.
- Weekend visitors:Wristband + ticket = entrance. Weekend visitors with a wristband will also have to show their ticket during all three festival days upon entering the festival site and the camping sites. So, keep your ticket at hand after you’ve received your wristband!
- Info about collecting your wristband will follow.
- Wristbands are strictly personal and can’t be shared with other people. This means it isn’t possible to come to the festival on Saturday, collect your wristband, leave Pinkpop and let a friend go to the festival on Sunday and Monday.
- If you lose your wristband and/or ticket, you will need to buy a new ticket, but this is only possible if the festival is not sold out. A torn wristband can only be exchanged for a new one upon showing a valid entrance ticket and the torn wristband.
- Tickets can’t be returned once they are purchased.
Go to the Pinkpop info stand for extra information: the program, the weather forecast, the location of the stages and campsites, other services and public transport. For questions, problems, complaints, compliments, tips and golden tips: you’re welcome here too!
Torn wristbands can be exchanged at the info desk on the Pinkpop Square, if you show your entrance ticket, a valid ID and the torn wristband.
You can also hand over or collect lost & found objects at the info desks. More info: checks FESTIVAL SITE / LOST & FOUND.
Lost & found
Have you lost or found something at Pinkpop 2019? Please proceed to the info stand at the Pinkpop-Plein (in front of the main entrance) of to the temporary Police post near the roundabout at the entrance of Camping site A.
Following the festival, found objects will be handed over to the local administration. You can pick up your missing item there. You can get more information at the client contact centre of the council of Landgraaf at telephone number: 14 045.
Lockers / baggage depot
Don’t take your valuables or irreplaceable belongings to Pinkpop. If you’re afraid of burglars, don’t leave things behind in your tent. Unfortunately, tents can’t be made burglarproof.
All Pinkpop camping sites have lockers (near the camping shops and/or supermarkets). All lockers can be closed off with one key only. For a locker, you pay €10 + €5 deposit.
At the Pinkpop Plein (outside of the festival site, near the main entrance) you can rent a locker through Event Safe. This should be paid on site in cash. A locker costs:
Saturday: €6 rent + €11 deposit
Sunday: €6 rent + €8 deposit
Monday: €6 rent + €5 deposit
If you hand in the key of the locker at the same day of renting it, the deposit will be returned. For every day that you use the locker longer than that one day, €3 will be taken from your deposit.
If you go home on Monday night, you can drop your luggage in one of the two baggage depots during the day. One depot is located near the main entrance of the festival area and the other at camping site B. The opening hours of the luggage depots are from 09:00 AM to 02:00 AM, costs €2,- per item.
Enviromentalist festival site
Are you an environmentalist? Then participate in the well-known Pinkpop cup policy. For turning in 50 used cups at the ‘BEKER INNAMEPUNTEN’ (cup recycling stands), you will get one token in return and help recycle over four tons of plastic. Following the cradle-to-cradle principle, the returned cups will be used to make new products. The paper trays can also be returned. For 25 trays, you will receive 1 token.
Accessibility for people with special needs
In close collaboration with INTER Pinkpop ensures that the festival is also accessible to people with special needs. Do you wish to make use of the facilities for people with special needs at the festival site, parking and/or Camping site A? Fill out aanvraagformulier and don’t forget to add your doctor’s statement!
In order to make use of the facilities for people with special needs, you need a valid entrance ticket. There are no discounts for people with special needs or accompanying parties. Each festival goer pays the same price.
Parking / Kiss & ride
A parking and Kiss & ride area for people with special needs will be established as close as possible to the entrance of the festival area and Camping site A. Since the number of places here is limited, don’t wait too long with your application!
There is a separate, easily accessible and less crowded entrance for people with special needs. One helper can join entering here. Guide dogs are allowed at both the festival and camping sites. Folding chairs are not allowed at the festival.
Near the Mainstage, the IBA Parkstad Stage and the Brightlands Stage there are platforms for wheelchair users, people on crutches and with other special needs (and one companion) to enjoy their favorite bands. Of course, the platforms are intended for people with special needs in the first place. If they get too crowded, Inter assistants will request the companions to leave the platform.
There are toilets for persons with special needs spread around the festival site. There are Inter assistants available at the festival (near the wheelchair platforms for instance). They can help you if necessary: to visit the toilets, buy food or drinks, when you have a problem with your wheelchair, et cetera.
A special zone of camping site A will be reserved for people with special needs. Friends and family are also welcome there (with a maximum of two companions and only with a valid ticket).Please note: capacity is limited here, so don’t wait too long with your application!
Inter assistants will be available to help you pitch your tent, move your baggage or visit the toilets, etcetera. There are special-needs toilets and showers. There is also a special area with an adjustable bed and equipment to charge your electrical wheelchair or fix flat tires.
This camping site is part of the regular Pinkpop site, so make sure you carry your valid wristband and tickets!
Please note that mobility scooters aren’t allowed at the festival site for security reasons. However, there is a spot near the entrance, where you can park your scooter and exchange it for a regular wheelchair. Make sure you request one on time!
Cherish your ears. You do still want to enjoy music the rest of your life, and at Pinkpop too? We feel this is very important as well and for this reason we honour the decibel limit of 103 dB(A) and support the campaign I Love My Ears of the platform Celebrate Safe and offer hearing protection.
Ear plugs can be bought at all bars. There is also a large Alpine stand at the festival market, where you can find more upmarket hearing protection.
Wearing hearing protection is important, but giving your ears some peace and quiet, too. Go find a quieter spot to give your ears a break every so often. The ‘Kalm Aan Laan’ or the ‘Garden of Love’ are very suitable for this. More information about preventing loss of hearing, and other tips for responsible festival visitors, you can find at www.celebratesafe.nl and www.ilovemyears.nl.
Phone charging service
At the ‘oplaadservice’ near the IBA Parkstad Stage you can hire a powerbank for 1,5 tokens. You’ll be refunded the deposit of 5 tokens on returning the empty charger!
People all over the world take enormous risks because they defend our rights. They are harassed, tortured, imprisoned and even killed – just because they stick their neck out for others. Without their courage our world would be less just. People who dare to speak out against injustice are under attack. Governments, companies, armed groups, hate speech groups try to silence them.
Activists are put away as criminals. They are labeled as terrorists, traitors, fraudsters and even as a “foreign agent”. Standing up for human rights has become difficult and dangerous. At the Amnesty stand you can compete on converted football tables. Can you turn the odds as an activist or do you keep the lead of those in power?
Everyone can defend human rights
Teachers, students, politicians, workers, journalists, lawyers and many others can be an activist. You too can defend human rights. It is important that we speak out. Twitter, write a letter, shout, demonstrate and above all come and sign our petition. Together we can support human rights defenders to fight injustice and work towards a just world.
The special hat
For the 50th birthday of Pinkpop, artist Bas Kosters has designed the infamous hat. The result is special and striking. If you buy the hat this year, you buy a smashing contemporary design and as an extra treat you can also wear it inside out. Two hats in one!
Frequently asked questions
The minimum age to visit Pinkpop without supervision is 12 years.
Bringing children to Pinkpop is possible but under supervision. They must also be in possession of a valid entrance ticket. As a deliberate measure to discourage parents from taking their (small) children, there is no reduced rate for children.
The organization therefore advises against taking small children to an event that is visited so massively.
Visitors with special needs?
In collaboration with INTER, leader in accessible events, we try to make the festival as accessible as possible for people with special needs. Do you want to make use of the special needs facilities at the festival site or Camping site A? Please fill in the online request form after purchasing a regular Pinkpop ticket.
There are no special Pinkpop tickets for people with special needs. There are also no discounts for people with special needs or their companion. Everyone pays the same price.
Small digital cameras are allowed, but photo equipment with interchangeable lenses (all sizes) and large professional cameras and action cameras (like GoPro) are not. The same goes for film and/or sound-recording equipment, in any shape or form. Senior security staff will have the final say in case of doubt.
Medication to Pinkpop?
If you use medication that you need to bring along to the festival site, make sure to bring along the original package and your doctor’s statement. This way there will be no unnecessary misunderstandings with security staff. If you need to keep your medication refrigerated, you can turn to the various Red Cross posts at the festival site and camping sites.
Due to safety reasons mobility scooters aren’t allowed at the festival site. You can park your scooter near the entrance in exchange for a hand-powered wheelchair. Be sure to put in your application: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lactation facility at the festival site?
Are you breastfeeding? There are special lactation locations at the Red Cross posts. You can also refrigerate your breastmilk here and pick it up again before you go home. Do bring your own lactation machine, you can also store it at the Red Cross posts. For the exact location of these facilities, go to the info desk at the festival site or a Red Cross post.