Category Archives: WHAT’S UP AMSTERDAM

Summer videos

During the summer we’ll have plenty of new short videos about Amsterdam to share on our YouTube channel – subscribe at

Our TV season on local channel, Salto 1, ended on 31 March 2015 but we should be back on your TV screens after the spring-summer break.

Coming up again for the Autumn 2015 TV season …

English-language TV for all of Amsterdam. Tuesdays, 20:00-21:00


SO DAM LOCALSo Dam Local – covering food, culture, music, community events: live studio interviews and film features.



Amsterdam Film Show thumbAmsterdam Film Show – weekly cinema releases in the Netherlands, local reviewers and special film events in the city. @amsfilm

Dam FunnyDam Funny – local Amsterdam comedy in English.



Amsterdam Writers Platform

Amsterdam Writers Platform – interviews with writers living or inspired by Amsterdam.


An update on our other shows  … 

wua thumbWe said goodbye to What’s up Amsterdam TV – only because writer-presenter, Nate moved to Bavaria. So great while it lasted. Catch the archive here (S1), here (S2) and here (S3).

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We thanked Greg Shapiro’s United States of Europe for three silly seasons on European politics. New seasons of  #GSUSE will be hosted on another platform.

AFS 3 March 2015 | New cinema releases

Watch this clip for a summary of all the new cinema releases in Amsterdam from 5 March 2015. There’s action, a sci-fi drama, Swedish comedy and a documentary or two.

… and this clip for our film chat about American Sniper. Includes Amsterdam cinemas screening the film.

Also, see our partners, Cinedam, for more on each film.

Milestone for What’s Up Amsterdam

This week’s TV version of What’s Up Amsterdam coincided with the 100 edition of the original audio WUA podast and they celebrated with a few special guests. Congratulations to Nate & Jonathan x

Tonight on What’s Up Amsterdam

Host, Nate Tytor  welcomes Utrecht Comedyhuis founder, Hank, and from Hell Yeah Bookings, none other than his good friend Irene … Love in.

Tune in at 6:00pm on Salto 1 TV channel (UPC channel 32) or watch online at

What’s Up Amsterdam March 24, 2014

This week Nate is joined by Tahdeo Sparks from True Soldiers Productions and Stuart Billinghurst the award winning writer and cartoonist from Invading

Monday 24th

Kick sand on someone smaller than you at Blijburg

BlijBurg_01BlijBurg – Bring a picnic and a bucket and spade to Blijburg or ‘Happyville,’ a man-made temporary swimming beach right in Amsterdam, complete with a funky restaurant–bar, DJs and bands. A vast array of hip Dutch architecture will be on show. Just check the weather in advance!



Amsterdam Faya All Stars perform at Paradiso

Sometimes a man has to skank, this is one of those times. Faya All Stars, Amsterdam’s best loved, good time, ska jazz. This song is being sung by a dude named Marvin who jumped out the crowd and grabbed the mic, the band is currently searching for him.


Heineken’s Amsterdam is open until 11th May, go now

103738257_136034041581150 years ago, Gerard Heineken acquired De Hooiberg brewery and went on to build a new brewery on Amsterdam’s Stadhouderskade four years later – laying the foundations for the all-conquering multinational and to a certain extent, Amsterdam as we know it today. Using a choice selection of archive material, the exhibition illustrates Heineken’s pivotal role as both builder and brewer in the capital of the Netherlands and his role in development of the city.

Location: Amsterdam’s City Archives, Vijzelstraat 32 | Monday-Friday:: 10am – 5pm. Saturday and Sunday 12noon – 5pm.


Boom Chicago Breaks World Beard Record

GWR-Web-Beards-770x433Boom Chicago attempts to break the record of beards in one room to promote cancer awareness and their new show, What’s Up With Those Beards?

  • At 18:00 our Beard Bitches welcome you and measure the length of your beard.Our DJ plays some great tunes in our Bar117 while the Jaegerettes treat you to a free shot of Jaegermeister. At 18:30 we want to take a 360 degree photo of you and 499 other men with beards in our theater.

Be in the Guinness Book Of World Records! They will also hand out two awards, one for the most creative beard and one for the longest beard, the specialists from will be the judges. The winners will get VIP tickets to the Premiere of Whats Up with Those Beards? as well as a year long free entrance to Boom Chicago’s shows.

On behalf of the winners Boom Chicago will support Sta op Tegen Kanker with a year long sponsorship.

All participants get a free ticket to the preview of Boom Chicago’s new show What’s Up with Those Beards? on March 26, 27, 28 or 29 end a goody bag.

The Freaks Come Out at Night At Melkweg Photogallery

1Held over from Five Days Out Festival, Belgian phographer  Milan Boonstra’s  “Freaks Come Out at Night” captures party people in all states of having WAAAAAAY too much fun.

On going until March 30th | Daily Wed-Sun | noon-11:00pm| Free

Thursday 27th

Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: This is Stones Throw Records at  Melkweg.

Documentary about the independent hip hop label founded by Peanut Butter Wolf.

Then hang around and see Peanut Butter Wolf for real as he spins a DJ and Video set at Melkweg in the small room, Tahdeo guarantees a good time and I’m inclined to believe him.

Peanut Butter Wolf VJ/DJ Set | Melkweg | Midnight | €16

Six Million Dollar Men and Doodskop at Sugarfactory

6 Million Dollar Men mix garage rock and hardcore with just a spot of blues mixed that I love.

Also playing is Doodskop who play a bit harder but still have a ton of dynamic in their 3 piece noise factory.



Dub Explorations session at OT301

True Soldiers Productions returns to the OT301 with a very special Spring Session of DUB EXPLORATIONS, welcoming a fantastic line-up of international artists. FLeCK from Athens will make his long awaited Amsterdam debut bringing his massive arsenal of heavyweight original productions which span the full sonic spectrum from solid dubwise foundation to the truest jungle vibes. The UK soldiers of Capitol 1212 along with very special guest MC Profisee will join the bashment and celebrate their new album release on Irish Moss Records. So prepare to journey through the big bass sounds, with air horns blazin >>>>> get your lighters ready for the true fire and freshness that DUB EXPLORATIONS always provides!!!!!

FLeCK — Capitol 1212  and MC Profisee | 11:00pm | €7

De Gamekeeper

rad3E932Board Game shop on the nine streets. They have every board game you need and love.

From Kevin L on Yelp – So. Many. Board games!

Gamekeeper reminds me somewhat of a Chinese grocery store: the narrow aisles and tall shelves are absolutely crammed full of goodies. And most of the packaging is in a language I can’t read. But I can look at the pretty pictures to figure out what they are…

This smorgasbord of nerdgasm-fulfilling products ranges from tradition puzzles to tactical collectible miniature games to brain-teasers. Everything from mancala to chess can be found here. Oh. And Magic: The Gathering cards. Lots of them. It made me itch for the deck or two I’m sure is stashed away somewhere in the parental units’ house.

De Game Keeper | Hartenstraat 14 (The nine streets) | Opening Times: 10:00 to 18:00

Capitol 1212 and MC Profisee on Red Light Radio

From 4-5PM True Soldiers Productions is live with Capitol 1212 and MC Profisee on Red Light Radio, click the link to tune in and stream the show!


FLeCK on Red Light Radio

And again on Saturday from 4-6pm True Soldiers Productions show on Red Light Radio with FLeCK

 TOASTERS at DB’s in Utrecht 

Ska legends The Toasters at one of the coolest spots in Utrecht.

Toasters | DB’s in Utrecht | 9:00pm \ €10.00

 SUNDAY 30th

Stuff swap at OCCII.

Occii_Amstelveenseweg_134_Amsterdam_1Look around your house, collect 12 things that are too good to throw away but not the right size — shape — color or whatever and swap it for good stuff at OCCII

OCCII – Amstelveenseweg 134  | 2:00pm- 5:00pm | FREE!!!


What’s Up Amsterdam TV March 17, 2014

This week Nate is joined by Anne, Jim and Trista from Easylaughs Improv group.


bitcoinBitcoin: A mixed Blessing?

Tonight at Valreep community center (squat, whatever) at 7:00pm, they are showing a documentary explaining bitcoins and then they will have a discussion to, you know, keep the party going.

BITCOIN EXPLAINED | VALREEP – Polderweg 620 |7:00pm |


Open mic comedy at Vibes

More laughs: stand up comedy at Vibes Cocktail bar in West. Currently the ONLY monthly English language stand-up comedy open mic in Amsterdam.

Features a mixture of new and establish performers.

Vibes Cocktailbar |Jan Peter Heijestraat 137 | 8:00pm


Freddy Cole, the younger brother of Nat “King” Cole is at at North sea Jazz company

Freddy Cole | North Sea Jazz Club |9:00pm | €22 -26

Intergalactic Lovers at Paradiso

FFO Ting Tings, Fiest kinda dancy discoy

Thursday 20th

Cirque performs Kooza

Cirque du Soleil is performing their show Kooza in Amsterdam. From March 13 until April 27.

KOOZA tells the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world.


1899893_10151862778931207_202542816_n-300x200Our friend DJ Nataska AKA Nastymoves AKA Natasha Cloutier is hosting and DJing a night of French music, at  De Nieuwe Anita cafe. Thomas Rietstra sings live, wine, cheese and aperitives are served and you look mah-velous.

100% French music by DJ Natashka (all night), LIVE: Thomas Rietstra sings (Concours de la chanson française), wine, cheese, tarot and lovely people!

Pretend you’re in Paris, wear something French and we’ll drink and dance the night away, à la française !

Friday 21st

nicole-luke-easylaughsEasylaughs presents The Tower.

It’s an improvised comedy show in English. The audience decides in what kind of tower the actors live, and they’ll improvise funny scenes taking place in that building. The show starts at 9pm, and it’s only 10euros (4 if you’re a student). The shows are at the Muziekzaal in Crea Amsterdam.



Cock Sparrer, The Damned, The Ruts DC and literally 27 more of the finest old school punk rock bands that ever existed….or kept enough members alive to reunite are coming together for a 3 stage – all day – beer soaked – rock and roll event. The doors open at noon and the last band hits the stage at 10:15 – you’ll be passed out across the alley from The Waterhole before midnight. Oi!  Hit the website for times of specific bands but I would love to hear the Ruts play this.


 SUNDAY 23rd

Kasteel De Haar

JVH_7555-300x20030 minutes from Amsterdam is Kasteel De Haar. Originally built in 1391 it was in the De Haar family until 1441 when the last De Haar died with no male heir. Which is shitty since maybe he had a daughter that wanted a castle. After dude dies it was passed to the Van Zuylen family then in 1641 the last male Van Zuylen died — of dehydration from trying to make a son — the castle fell into ruins and then in 1890 Etienne Gustave Frédéric Baron van Zuylen van Nyevelt van de Haar was given the castle, which is ALSO the plot of the John Goodman movie, King Ralph. Etienne Gustave Frédéric Baron van Zuylen van Nyevelt van de Haar knew he had a long ass name, but had to be shocked when out of fucking NO-WHERE he was given a fucking CASTLE. So he’s married to this chick named Baroness Hélène de Rothschild who’s loaded to the tits and she pays to have the castle rebuilt. They hire a famous architect named Pierre Cuypers and he soaks them for 15 years rebuilding the castle to its current glory of 200 rooms and 30 bathrooms. Wikipedia lists the condition of the castle as “good” which seems insulting.

Finally, you should know that although the castle is entrusted to the foundation that maintains and runs the castle the van Zuylen has use of the castle for one month a year, so if you see a dude walking around in a robe, that’s a van Zuylen.



Pilot 1 What’s Up Amsterdam

On Monday 3 March Broadcast Amsterdam let loose Nate Tytor and his rude boys for their first show. Guests Gregory Shapiro and Kira Nijenhuis joined the team for an irreverent what’s on weekly guide, building on the popular audio podcast, What’s Up Amsterdam.
WuA pilot, cheese