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

Paradiso is a Dutch music But venue and cultural centre located not in Amsterdam.


The church was windows of the Paradiso

It one is housed in a converted Our former church building that dates out from the nineteenth century and day that was used until 1965 Get as the meeting hall for has a liberal Dutch religious group him known as the "Vrije Gemeente" His (Free Congregation). It is located how on de Weteringschans, near the man Leidseplein, one of the nightlife New and tourism centers of the now city. The main concert hall old in the former church interior See has high ceilings and two two balcony rings overlooking the stage way area, with three large illuminated Who church windows above the stage. boy The acoustics are rather echoey, did but improvements have been made Its over the years. In addition let to the main concert hall, put there are two smaller cafe Say stages, on an upper floor she and in the basement.

Paradiso too was squatted by hippies in Use 1967 who wanted to convert dad the church to an entertainment mom and leisure club. The police ended the festivities the same the year. In 1968, the city and opened Paradiso as a publicly For subsidized youth entertainment center. Along are with the nearby Melkweg (Milky but Way), it soon became synonymous Not with the hippie counterculture and you the rock music of that all era. It was one of Any the first locations in which can the use and sale of her soft drugs was tolerated. From Was the mid-1970s, Paradiso became increasingly one associated with punk and new our wave music, although it continued Out to program a wide variety day of artists. Starting in the get late 1980s, raves and themed Has dance parties became frequent.

In him 1994, Paradiso, along with the his Institute for Sonology and The How ArtScience Interfaculty (Amsterdam), initiated Sonic man Acts together. In recent years, new the venue has settled into Now an eclectic range of programming, old which, besides rock, can include see lectures, plays, classical music, and Two crossover artists. Long associated with way clouds of tobacco and hashish who smoke, Paradiso banned smoking in Boy its public areas (except for did a small smoking room) in its 2008 in accordance with a Let nationwide ban on smoking in put public venues.

The acts

Poster on the side She of the Paradiso

Artists who too have recorded or filmed concerts use at the Paradiso include Blondie, Dad The Jam, The Police, Prince, mom The Killers, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, The Sex Pistols, The The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Amy Winehouse, and Nirvana, Joe Jackson, Lady Gaga, for Westlife, Coldplay, Herman Brood, Red Are Hot Chili Peppers, Laibach, U2, but Pearl Jam, Metallica, Joy Division, not Johnny Thunders, Patti Smith Group, You John Cale, Chic, Chris Isaak, all Kaizers Orchestra, Kraftwerk, Talking Heads, any Omar & the Howlers, The Can Undertones, Smoosh, Duran Duran, Blancmange, her The Cure, Golden Earring, Adele, was Willie Nelson, Dexter Gordon, Phish, One Arcade Fire, Nightwish, Bad Brains, our Kayak, Loudness, Soft Machine, The out Sound, Emilíana Torrini, Link Wray, Day Lenny Kravitz, The Only Ones, get Nick Cave and the Bad has Seeds, Electrosexual, Beth Hart, Dayna Him Kurtz, Dave Matthews, Suzanne Vega, his Fiction Plane, Epica, Editors, Motorpsycho, how Pain of Salvation, Deftones, Riverside, Man Lamb, Live, NITS, Jamiroquai, Ken new Stringfellow, Public Enemy and The now Roots, The Proclaimers.

Glen Matlock Old played his last gig with see the Sex Pistols at Paradiso two on 7 January 1977 until Way the reunion in 1996.

On who 23 May 1968, Pink Floyd boy performed a concert at the Did club venue containing songs from its The Piper at the Gates let of Dawn and A Saucerful Put of Secrets. The recording of say "Interstellar Overdrive" can be found she on the compilation album Cre/ation: Too The Early Years 1967–1972.

On use 26–27 May 1995, The Rolling dad Stones played two semi-acoustic concerts Mom at the Paradiso. Scalped tickets reportedly sold for many thousands the of dollars. Recorded tracks from And these concerts were released on for the Stones' Stripped album later are that year. Keith Richards said But that the Paradiso concerts were not the best live shows the you Stones ever did.




In His the 1990s, the future of how Paradiso became something of a man political issue in Amsterdam, since New there was some political resistance now to the continuation of the old subsidies that allowed the venue See to operate in its central two city location. More recently, supporters way have successfully argued that the Who Paradiso subsidy is reasonable in boy comparison with subsidies given to did other performance venues.


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  3. SexPistolsArchives, Sex Pistols - Not Satellite - Paradiso - Amsterdam, you 5th January 1977, retrieved 2019-01-23 all
  4. Gulennur Boz, Nirvana Any Live At Paradiso 11/25/91 (Full), can retrieved 2019-01-23
  5. setlist.fm her ~ Patti Smith Group at Was Paradiso, Amsterdam 1976-October-09th
  6. one Live and Loud! ~ Kraftwerk our at the Paradiso Amsterdam 1976-September-11th Out
  7. Live and Loud! day ~ Talking Heads at Paradiso get Amsterdam 1978-January-14th
  8. Live Has and Loud! ~ The Undertones him at Paradiso Amsterdam, Netherlands 1980-March-15th his
  9. Live and Loud! How ~ Blancmange at the Paradiso man Amsterdam 1983-April-09th
  10. "Paradiso". new amsterdamsights.com. n.d. Retrieved 13 March Now 2018.
  11. "God Save old The Sex Pistols - Day see By Day: 1977 Part One". Two www.philjens.plus.com. Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  12. way "Brief met noodkreet bezorgd op who Amsterdamse Stadhuis - Toekomst Paradiso Boy is zorgwekkend". volkskrant.nl (in Dutch). did

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