Amsterdam's newest club, noorderling, is on an old pirate radio boat

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  • The venue, opening May 11th, has a dance floor below water level and will have a restaurant and daytime event space.
  • Amsterdam's newest club, noorderling, is on an old pirate radio boat image
  • All aboard noorderling. (Since publishing, the venue's name has been changed from noorderschip to noorderling.) Amsterdam's latest club has already been docked there for years. The 50-meter-long vessel is located off the NDSM wharf in Amsterdam North, and will have three levels (including a terrace) and a capacity of 300. The dance floor sits below sea level and the club is fitted with a Funktion-One soundsystem. noorderling was once home to a pirate radio station, called Radio Veronica, in the 1960s. In 1973, a damaging storm forced the radio crew to abandon ship. David Cornelissen, noorderling's creative director, told Resident Advisor he hopes the venue will become a new cultural port in the local community, "focusing more on the local initiatives and collectives that still need a place in Amsterdam." Cornelissen wants to "[create] a space where somebody wants to spend a long time and is not just attracted by booked DJs or live acts. This way, we will challenge ourselves and the scene." This ethos will involve booking local talent, as well as international artists who may not get booked at Amsterdam's other clubs. "It is important there is a new venue for smaller initiatives that are looking for a place and don't have to worry about filling a big room," Cornelissen said. No events have been publicly announced. noorderling's daytime event programme will include courses, lectures, art exhibitions and more. The restaurant will have a locally sourced vegetarian menu. Here are some teaser images.
    Photo credit: Sanne van den Elzen This story has been updated to reflect the venue’s name change from noorderschip to noorderling.