The summer holiday is just around the corner, so get ready for the launch. Get ready for the magic. Get ready for an awesome series of festivals.

Boothstock Festival

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Boothstock Festival 2016 is the first event. Preparations for the event are in progress as we speak. It will also be Rotterdam’s largest festival this summer. Over 7,000 visitors are expected; visitors who will no doubt dance new life into the Kralingse Bos park area. The Boothstock event will take place for the fifth time on Saturday, 11 June. A ticket costs 37.50 euros. It’s a ticket to great food, a lot of good music and a great time in general. The music will range from techno and tech house to UK garage and a touch of hip hop.

If you’re ready for more after Boothstock, you can simply attend the official afterparty in The Boathouse Rotterdam (a glass pavilion that provides a splendid view of the Kralingen lake) for a mere 15 euros.

Modular Festival

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While somewhat smaller in scale, the Modular Festival 2016 will be just as much fun. The line-up is world class. For 29.50 euros, fans of techno and house will be able to enjoy themselves to the max in Park Maasboulevard on 18 June. With a phenomenal view of the Maas, visitors will be treated to the bangers of Kobosil, Palmbomen II, ROD and, a personal favourite, Âme.

An afterparty at which some of the performers will be present will take place in Bar. Admission costs only 5 euros.

Rotterdam Rave Festival

In my opinion, the festival of the season, the Rotterdam Rave Festival, will take place on 6 August. Suffice it to say that the event will be out of this world and you’ll probably need the rest of your holiday to return to earth. In principle, only major international headliners will be on the programme, so the quality of the house and techno music will be second to none. My own advice would be to join me and a few thousand other fans in the radiation area at Lloyd Multiplein, where we can cause minor earthquakes of our own to the sounds of AnD, Perc & Truss, Tommy Four Seven and legend Robert Hood.

Finally, little birds have told me that there will be an official afterparty for those who just can’t get enough.

Blijdorp festival

According to its organisers, the Blijdorp Festival is not only about the musical line-up. We want to create a place where you can spend a day in another world, lost in your dreams in the best sense possible.”

This festival is all about culture, happiness, art and of course electronic music. Connoisseurs therefore see this festival as one of the most innovative events of its kind. You can experience this source of joy for yourself in Roel Langerakpark, which actually adjoins the Blijdorp zoo, on 13 August. For 29.50 euros and with a bit of luck, you may therefore spot a few dancing monkeys from the Bokito stage.

Jeffrey Seij, 19, studies Public Administration at EUR, loves parties, festivals and the like. Over the next few months he will happily review and report on his party experiences, and will also provide monthly tips on the greatest parties thrown in Rotterdam.