Lowlands 2018 – the Netherlands’ biggest music festival in pictures

An hour’s drive from Amsterdam is the idyllic village of Biddinghuizen. Normally home to just over 6000 residents, every August it opens its gates to 60,000 punters for one of the Netherlands biggest music festival, Lowlands. On one of the most beautiful festival sites around (there’s a lake plonked around the corner from the main stage), some of the biggest artists in the world play to thousands of revellers, with 2018’s line-up featuring headliners Gorillaz, N*E*R*D* and Kendrick Lamar plus Dua Lipa, Brockhampton, Stormzy and countless more.

But Lowlands is about far more than killer music, priding itself on the friendly atmosphere and alternative activities. The Thursday night saw organisers hand out 20,000 pairs of headphones for a site wide silent disco; in the wee hours of Sunday morning we settled down in the Juliet theatre to watch experimental ballet, and over in Sexyland (a pop up version of the legendary Amsterdam club) there was the chance to take part in a Stars In Their Eyes-style talent show.

Here’s what happened at 2018’s edition of the festival: