What is the 'Black Motocross'?
ZWARTE CROSS? WTF is that?
The Zwarte Cross is the festival that’s actually fun. It’s what your weekend would look like if God himself helped make it. This is the most exciting collection of music, camping, motocross and countless kick-ass stunts you’ll find. In just a few years the Zwarte Cross grew to be the biggest music festival in Holland and the largest motocross event in the world. However, there is sooo much more to live and love than just motocross and great Rock ‘n Roll. From theatre to reggae to poetry to hardrock/metal to quality EDM… all here! In 2013, there were 162.795 people who came to experience the most interesting and unique (and awesome) festival in The Netherlands.
In the pre-historic sands of time, maiden Tante Rikie declared in 1997 to have the first Zwarte Cross in the woods near Hummelo to find a suitable partner in MotoMarriage. Local rockband Jovink en de Voederbietels was allowed to perform and compete in the race that first year in exchange for a organizing that ZC and entering a blood-oath to put on every successive Zwarte Cross after that. One thousand wise prophets were witness to the start of time that first year, with time after the first Zwarte Cross known as A.Z.C. In the following years A.Z.C., the Zwarte Cross grew an average of about 10,000 people per edition, with Jovink still organizing and racing each year and each person coming for a relaxed yet exciting weekend of well-priced humor and fun.
The Festival and Program
The Zwarte Cross festival will be held July 25, 26 and 27, 2014. The camping guests will be welcome a day earlier, July 24th.
The terrain this year will be at Festivalterrein De Schans, Lictenvoorde. There’s 137.5 unique hectares of partying and fascination to be enjoyed. We always make sure to have an interesting and fun festival campus to ‘set the stage’ for a great weekend.
150 bands from home and abroad will perform on 24 stages over 3 days. As hinted above, there are 10 ‘pastures,’ each exclusively for pop, blues, dance, theatre/poetry, reggae, hardrock, disco, German-schlager/ Tiroler folkmusic aaand: Rock 'n Roll! For a complete line-up Click here !
The theatre program has become a permanent fixture for the Zwarte Cross. We’ve been blown away by the poetry, literature, music, dance, cabaret, stand-up comedy and art in the years past, but we are going to make this year the best ever! Come see the best culture in the region and find something new at the Zwarte Cross. For a complete line-up of the theatre acts this year, Click here!
The motor races include the Superclass, heavy-weight, 85cc, moped and more races. For some hilarious photos of the garage-Frankensteins, Click here !
For the stunt program in years past there have been backflips with a car, 20-meter-high motorcycle tricks over the mainstage, stunt airplanes, limousine jumps, high-wire acts and many more. Last year, 450 brave people ran in the ‘Naked Run for Freedom’ over the track wearing nothing more than a motorcycle helmet to raise awareness for Amnesty International.
(what to do with your) Kids
Zwarte Cross is all about kids! That’s why it’s important to us that kids under 1.40m are admitted free. Furthermore, they have exclusive access to the ‘Brat’s paradise’ (‘Blagenparadijs’ in Dutch) where they can have all the lemonade and excitement they (or you) can handle! But really, there’s art and music workshops, face-painting, games to enjoy and just a genuinely good time for the kids. We take it seriously that the next generation can have a great time, just like we do for all you adults and kids-at-heart!
Camping and Facilities
The Zwarte Cross camping site and its 20.500 villagers take pride in making a great atmosphere and creating the most elaborate display of caravans in the civilized world. The best feature of the Zwarte Cross camping is (by far) an extra festival day! For camping guests arriving Thursday, they will have access to the terrain, concerts, stunts and party on Thursday night. Also, the camping means that you don’t have to worry about driving home or missing out on anything cool. Stay at the camping where the action is. With its own supermarket, spa, barber’s shop, massage lounge, bathing facilities, campfire, Zwarte Cross pub and the renowned Rock 'n Roll Circus, there is a constant party exclusively for camping guests. Scouts’ honor, it’ll be worth it.
Starting in 2013 was the first Kampeerhotel Grasnapolsky. This luxury camping hotel arrangement includes a 2- or 4-persoon tent with inflated air-mattresses and sleeping bags, an electrical outlet, lights and a patio with furniture in front of your tent. Furthermore, the Grasnapolsky guests get access to their own bathhouse, sauna, and hot tub. Really, all you have to take is a toothbrush, clothes, and a good mood ready for fun!
The festival camping site will, just like last year, probably be sold out months before the festival takes place. Note that with a camping ticket you do not need a separate ticket for access to the festival; it’s an all-in type deal. Please see below for tickets. If you need any information on camping sites, hotels, etc. outside of the Zwarte Cross, please visit www.vvvlichtenvoorde.nl and choose the button 'overnachten' (overnight stay).
Ticket$ and Money Money Money!
Since we hate nickel-and-diming, the entrance price includes parking, toilets, etc. Like we said earlier, children below 1.40m are free. Also, youths above 1.40m and under 16 years old are just 10 Euros. Who says the Dutch are greedy?!
Click here for tickets!
Where is it?
Where is the Zwarte Cross and how do I get here? Click here.
To wrap it all up…
Most of this website is in Dutch, informing the reader of the participants, stunts, the history of the Zwarte Cross, etc. Don't understand Dutch? Don't bother! We don’t know Dutch either! Why not take a look at the pictures under ‘Media’ here.
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