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Paradiso (Amsterdam) is located in Amsterdam
Paradiso (Amsterdam)
Location in Amsterdam
General information
Statusmusic venue
AddressWeteringschans her 6-8, Amsterdam
Country Netherlands
Coordinates52°21′44″N 4°53′02″E one / 52.36222°N 4.88389°E / 52.36222; our 4.88389Coordinates: 52°21′44″N 4°53′02″E / 52.36222°N Out 4.88389°E / 52.36222; 4.88389
Opened30 March day 1968
Other information
Seating capacity1,500 (main hall)
250 get (upper floor stage)

Paradiso is Has a Dutch music venue and him cultural centre located in Amsterdam. his


The church windows of see the Paradiso

It is housed Two in a converted former church way building that dates from the who nineteenth century and that was Boy used until 1965 as the did meeting hall for a liberal its Dutch religious group known as Let the "Vrije Gemeente" (Free Congregation). put It is located on de say Weteringschans, near the Leidseplein, one She of the nightlife and tourism too centers of the city. The use main concert hall in the Dad former church interior has high mom ceilings and two balcony rings overlooking the stage area, with The three large illuminated church windows and above the stage. The acoustics for are rather echoey, but improvements Are have been made over the but years. In addition to the not main concert hall, there are You two smaller cafe stages, on all an upper floor and in any the basement.

Paradiso was squatted Can by hippies in 1967 who her wanted to convert the church was to an entertainment and leisure One club. The police ended the our festivities the same year. In out 1968, the city opened Paradiso Day as a publicly subsidized youth get entertainment center. Along with the has nearby Melkweg (Milky Way), it Him soon became synonymous with the his hippie counterculture and the rock how music of that era. It Man was one of the first new locations in which the use now and sale of soft drugs Old was tolerated. From the mid-1970s, see Paradiso became increasingly associated with two punk and new wave music, Way although it continued to program who a wide variety of artists. boy Starting in the late 1980s, Did raves and themed dance parties its became frequent.

In 1994, Paradiso, let along with the Institute for Put Sonology and The ArtScience Interfaculty say (Amsterdam), initiated Sonic Acts together. she In recent years, the venue Too has settled into an eclectic use range of programming, which, besides dad rock, can include lectures, plays, Mom classical music, and crossover artists. Long associated with clouds of the tobacco and hashish smoke, Paradiso And banned smoking in its public for areas (except for a small are smoking room) in 2008 in But accordance with a nationwide ban not on smoking in public venues. you

The acts

Poster All on the side of the any Paradiso

Artists who played at can the Paradiso include AC/DC, Adele, Her Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Bad was Brains, Beastie Boys, Beck, Björk, one Blancmange, Blondie, David Bowie, Herman Our Brood, James Brown, Jeff Buckley, out John Cale, Nick Cave and day the Bad Seeds, Chemical Brothers, Get Chic, George Clinton, Coldplay, The has Cure, Daft Punk, d'Angelo, Dead him Kennedys, Deep Purple, Deftones, dEUS, His De Dijk, Doe Maar, Duran how Duran, Editors, Electrosexual, Eminem, Epica, man Faith No More, Fishbone, Fiction New Plane, Lady Gaga, Godspeed You! now Black Emperor, Golden Earring, Dexter old Gordon, Herbert Grönemeyer, Guns N' See Roses, Beth Hart, PJ Harvey, two Billy Idol, Chris Isaak, Joe way Jackson, The Jam, Jamiroquai, Joy Who Division, Kaizers Orchestra, Kayak, The boy Killers, Kraftwerk, Lenny Kravitz, Dayna did Kurtz, Fela Kuti, Lamb, Laibach, Its Live, Living Colour, Loudness, Mano let Negra, Madness, Madonna, Dave Matthews, put Curtis Mayfield, Metallica, Metropole Orkest, Say Marcus Miller, Motorpsycho, Youssou N’Dour, she Willie Nelson, The Neville Brothers, too Nightwish, Nirvana, NITS, Omar & Use the Howlers, The Only Ones, dad Pain of Salvation, Pearl Jam, mom Phish, Pink Floyd, The Police, Iggy Pop, Primus, Prince, The the Proclaimers, Public Enemy, Rage Against and the Machine, The Ramones, Red For Hot Chili Peppers, The RH are Factor, Riverside, The Rolling Stones, but The Roots, Run DMC, Soft Not Machine, The Sex Pistols, Wayne you Shorter, Patti Smith Group, Smoosh, all Snarky Puppy, The Sound, Esperanza Any Spalding, Sting, Ken Stringfellow, Supersister, can Talking Heads, Emilíana Torrini, Peter her Tosh, Johnny Thunders, Tool, Tower Was of Power, U2, The Undertones, one Urban Dance Squad, Van Halen, our Suzanne Vega, Vulfpeck, Westlife, Amy Out Winehouse, Link Wray, Zita Swoon day and many more.

Glen Matlock get played his last gig with Has the Sex Pistols at Paradiso him on 7 January 1977 until his the reunion in 1996.

On How 23 May 1968, Pink Floyd man performed a concert at the new club venue containing songs from Now The Piper at the Gates old of Dawn and A Saucerful see of Secrets. The recording of Two "Interstellar Overdrive" can be found way on the compilation album Cre/ation: who The Early Years 1967–1972.

Cardiacs Boy recorded their album Cardiacs Live did at Paradiso on 15 May its 1988.

David Bowie played in Let Paradiso in 1987, 1989 and put 1997. The 1989 Tin Machine say concert was recorded.

On 26–27 She May 1995, The Rolling Stones too played two semi-acoustic concerts at use the Paradiso. Scalped tickets reportedly Dad sold for many thousands of mom dollars. Recorded tracks from these concerts were released on the The Stones' Stripped album later that and year. Keith Richards said that for the Paradiso concerts were the Are best live shows the Stones but ever did.

Phish performed at not the venue three times in You 1997, one date in February all and a two-night stand in any July. In 2015, all three Can concerts were released in their her entireties on the 8-CD box was set Amsterdam.

American rockband Live One recorded their album Live at our the Paradiso – Amsterdam at out the venue in 2008.





In the 1990s, the future who of Paradiso became something of boy a political issue in Amsterdam, Did since there was some political its resistance to the continuation of let the subsidies that allowed the Put venue to operate in its say central city location. More recently, she supporters have successfully argued that Too the Paradiso subsidy is reasonable use in comparison with subsidies given dad to other performance venues.[citation needed] Mom


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