3 December 2016 | MECC Maastricht

We present to you: Essential | The Experiment of Times!

Fellow citizens, I have travelled 500 years with one question and one question only - finally to be answered! To finally complete the experiment of my lifetime! To determine once and for all if you are ... Essential!

I want YOU! Join the experiment of Times: December 3rd at the MECC! Will you choose fire or water?!

Date and openinghours

Essential [INDOOR] | The Experiment of Times 2016 will take place on December 3rd - 21:00 till 05:00!


Essential [INDOOR] took place at MECC Maastricht in 2014 & 2015 and will return to the magnificent venue in 2016! There will be two area's. One area is called WATER and represents the edm/house genre and one area is called FIRE representing the hardstyle genre. The WATER area will be at the Noordhal and the FIRE area will be at the Westhal.

MECC Maastricht
Forum 100, Maastricht

2 stages

Essential [INDOOR] will have 2 stages/area's and both stages will be designed within their own theme WATER or FIRE:

  1. WATER (mainstage)
    Genre: EDM/house
    Stage will be at the Noordhal
  2. FIRE (mainstage)
    Genre: Hardstyle
    Stage will be at the Westhal


The line-up of Essential [INDOOR] will be released in phases. The first names of the line-up will follow soon. Line-up of the indoor experience in 2015: Blasterjaxx, MOTi, DBSTF, Feestdjruud, Tony Junior, La Fuente, Morello Twins, Stanley More, AIZY, DJ AK, MC Mitch Crown, Wildstylez, Frontliner, Radical Redemption, Crypsis, Warface, Peckman and MC Tha Watcher.

Other changes

Both stages/area's will have their own unique theme and design;
Both stages/area's will have much more LED screens than in 2015;
Both stages/area's will have their own thematic intro's before the DJ's start;
Both stages/area's will have their own grand opening at 00:00;
The line-up in 2016 will be huge;
Toilet use will be free at Essential [INDOOR] 2016;
More toilet groups (less walking distance);
More entertainment (more detailled info soon);
Different and bigger set-up of the festival terrain.

Minimum age

The minimum age of Essential Festival is 16, no exceptions will be made.

Official Aftermovie online!

This was Essential Festival 2016! We shared unity, love, diversity and peace! Good times come and good times go but these memories will last forever!

&Never forget: only together we are ... Essential! ♡