When they first announced dates for their flagship event back in November 2022, DGTL promised one of the most explosive line-ups and live shows for 2023.
As the list of names drops today it’s clear the festival giant has absolutely delivered on that promise. Global icons and dance floor heavyweights sit alongside rising stars from the next generation, with some of the Netherlands’ most fiercely regarded talent also making it onto the billing.
The depth and breadth of DGTL‘s billing as a whole also underlines their commitment towards genuine diversity and inclusivity. “Representation matters,” said Ellen Evers, DGTL‘s Festival Director. “We’ve worked hard to make sure our line-up reflects the entire spectrum of communities within dance music. It’s a chance to show what genuine commitment to diversity and inclusion can produce, and give a platform to exciting artists from all across the spectrum.”
Doors open at 22:00 Friday night, GRAMMY-winning UK producer Mura Masa making his heavily anticipated DGTL Amsterdam debut. With The Blessed Madonna, Passion Deez, and TAAHLIAH & I. Jordan lining up alongside him in the booth, those inside the grounds of NDSM Docklands will witness 2023’s edition kicked off in phenomenal style.
Across Saturday, the big hitters keep coming. Camelphat, Jayda G, Ela Minus (LIVE), Folamour, Honey Dijon, DJ Seinfeld, VTSS and Satori (LIVE) are just the tip of the iceberg of artists dropping mind-blowing sets over 11 hours, before Denis Sulta, Danilo Plessow, Bambounou, and Kamma & Masalo take things into the deeper, darker afterparty hours.
Sunday daytime sees one of dance music’s hottest events, an Eris Drew b2b Octo Octa set, sure to be one of the biggest draws of the entire weekend. Across the Docklands, the energy will reach boiling point, the likes of Moderat, The Martinez Brothers, Hot Since 82, Monolink (LIVE), Paula Temple, SHERELLE & Special Request, Valentina Luz, Coloray (LIVE), Black Cadmium and Bonobo delivering Amsterdam a festival event to blow all others out of the water. As the stars come out on the final night, Sunday nights programming will see Octo Octa, Benny Rodrigues, Dr. Rubinstein and Sedef Adasi bring things to an explosive close.
Sustainability & Responsibility
In 2022 DGTL hit an important milestone, becoming the world’s first circular dance festival. In 2023, DGTL’s sustainability team will work towards a new goal: positioning DGTL as a thriving festival that goes beyond circular. The festival will work with the Doughnut economy model in cooperation with the city of Amsterdam.
In recent years, DGTL has been working to get the festival’s emissions to 0 by using circular systems. Now they are taking the next step by asking visitors to take responsibility for the emissions from their travel movements. It comes down to collective accountability to ensure that the visitor’s last emissions are also reduced.
Everyone should always be and feel welcome at DGTL. The DGTL team has striven to be inclusive for every sex, race/ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, cultural background, religious affiliation, age, physical or mental ability.
In 2022 DGTL started their journey exploring the concepts of safe spaces and festival ethics with its DGTL Safe(r) Project. For this year’s edition DGTL will continue on that journey.