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Best Kept Secret is a three-day music festival in Hilvarenbeek, The Netherlands. In 2021, the festival 8th edition will take place on June 11-12-13.

Best Kept Secret wants to bring you some great music. We don’t think only in terms of genres or styles, but simply care about bringing you the artists you would like to see live, regardless if they make indie rock, hip-hop, or electronic music.

What makes this festival so special?  Well, it’s the combination of great music being played in a unique and intimate environment! The festival is held around (not in!) the amazing Safari Park of Beekse Bergen, with stages scattered around and, in the woodlands. The open air main stage ONE, can be found right on the beach of a boating lake. As a visitor you can sleep on the on-site natural campsite, rent a cosy bungalow or stay in a log cabin at the bungalow park. Not only does Best Kept Secret deliver diversity and balance in its programming and facilities, there’s also a strong emphasis on providing delicious and sustainable food and drinks.

Best Kept Secret is all about giving you and your friends the opportunity to create your own festival experience. Most importantly, enjoy a weekend of great music and exciting performances with us!

The 8th edition of Best Kept Secret will take place on June 11-12-13, 2021 in Hilvarenbeek, The Netherlands.  

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At Best Kept Secret everyone is welcome. Young or old – everyone is welcome to enjoy the festival.
Do, however, keep in mind that there are no special baby/child facilities available at the festival – nor do we provide special discounts for kids. If you are under the age of 16, you will need to be accompanied by an adult.

That’ll be our head-programmer Roel Coppen. Every year, together with his collegue Marco Muhring, he tireless skids between clubs, festivals, record stores and music sites to surprise us all.

Robert Adriaansen of Loudmouth has been our guy from the get-go. Posters, wristbands, parking stickers: it all has his fingerprints on it. Well, not literally of course, but you get the idea.

We at Best Kept Secret want to use plastic as consciously as possible. We do this by reducing the use of single-use plastics as much as possible, and by searching for alternatives. Already at the first edition in 2013, we have used a deposit system for drinking cups.  All beers and beverages are poured into plastic cups, which you can immediately return to any bar before the next round of drinks. This way, we prevent the use of tens of thousands disposable plastic cups. All other waste is offered separately to a processor, so it can be recycled as much as possible. Also, Best Kept Secret has been a cashless festival for several years, which means you can pay with your debit or credit card everywhere and we don’t need to print thousands of plastic tokens.

All caterers (at the festival site and backstage) won’t use any plastic disposables in 2020. Instead of single-use plastics, we work with alternatives like cardboard and real tableware. We want to encourage the crew and the public as much as possible to use less plastic, such as disposable water bottles. One of the steps we take is to connect extra drinking water points, so visitors can bring their own refillable bother and refill it.

Best Kept Secret takes place in a beautiful natural area. Which has enormous advantages for the vibe at the festival site and the campsite, but there are a few disadvantages as well. For instance, nests of mosquitos, mice, ants, wasps and the oak processionary caterpillar can be present. The presence of these animals can’t always be predicted and is sometimes dependent on specific weather conditions. Like previous years, we will do our utmost best to reduce any possible inconvenience of vermin. The terrain manager (Beekse Bergen) will do extensive checks in advance of the festival and where possible, will take measures to reduce the presence of vermin. Any mention of vermin can be done at the information desks at the festival site and the campsite, or at the reception of the bungalow park. Always go to our Welfare tent when bitten or stung, just to be sure.

We are extremely thankful to be able to organize the festival in the amazing woodlands of Beekse Bergen. This is why we’re doing our best to preserve the environment as best as possible. Therefore, we employ a deposit system for drinking cups to avoid pollution. All beers and beverages are poured into plastic cups, which you can immediately return to any bar before the next round of drinks. We’ve been able to save almost two tons of plastic waste this way.

We offer all other waste separately to the waste processor. We’ve conferred about this with our vendors to reduce the amount of food waste. Whatever remains will be supplied to the local food bank.

A fair chunk of our stages and backstage production runs on fixed voltage. This reduces the use of generators and spares thousands litres of diesel fuel. Every year, we make a concentrated effort to become an environment-friendly festival. That’s why we urge you to treat the area as respectfully as we do.

Obviously, people with disabilities or physical impairments are welcome at Best Kept Secret. We put effort in making the festival grounds accessible and feasible as possible, especially when it comes to the visibility of the stages. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that every area in the woodlands is accessible for people with mobility impairment and/or in wheelchairs. Please send us an email at info@bestkeptsecret.nl so we can send you special credentials and instructions.

Without volunteers, there is no Best Kept Secret, it’s as simple as that. Since there’s much interest every year, the volunteer team for Best Kept Secret is normally already complete well in advance of the festival. Would you like to be contacted in case a spot opens up? Please send us an e-mail at volunteers@bestkeptsecret.nl.

Wait… I didn’t catch all that. SAY AGAIN? Just kidding! It is in everybody’s own interest to take care of your ears, so you can enjoy (live) music for many years to come! Best Kept Secret uses state-of-the-art systems to monitor volume and are keen to abide the law enforced noise limits.

That said, we’d like to stress that you still wear some form of ear protection when you’re near one of the stages. Once the music jumps above 87dB, we recommend buying plugs with special music filters. That way, you can enjoy the music and still hear the people you’re talking to. At ILoveMyEars.nl you can find some useful tips how to protect your ears. A pair of good quality earplugs, which will protect your ears at the festival, you can get at the information desk on both the festival site and campsite. Cheaper basic plugs are for sale at every bar.

The organisation of Best Kept Secret, Friendly Fire, will be making video and audio recordings during the festival. We use this on our website or for social media like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube. Also, our media partners are recording video and audio for usage on their media channels, including radio and television. Recordings which are made for crowd monitoring can be used by Friendly Fire for safety reports. More info can be found in our Privacy Statement (Dutch only).

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