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Music | 4 Dutch acts you should listen to right now


Heading to Cologne in Germany later this month are four Dutch acts looking to showcase their music to wider audience, a type of showcase for music from the Netherlands, a concept we have seen here before that works.

Dutch Impact Showcase at c / o pop festival in Cologne, Germany will this year feature international names like Jake Bugg, Local Natives, and many more. So for these rising acts, the opportunity presents a wealth of exposure in their own right.

Starting on Friday, August 26 in Cologne’s city garden hall. Rats on Rafts, Bombay and Pauw also Weval will perform, with the details of their shows here. But for now, let us take a listen and a read about each act.


Amsterdam based indie rock trio Bombay are lo-fi indie rock that is gathering momentum. Statements of intent can be seen by the list of slots already accomplished at Best Kept Secret, SXSW, The Great Escape. Their latest LP “Show Your Teeth”, combines post punk, nineties grunge and pop hooks.


Dutch Psych rockers, PAUW released their debut album after Eurosonic Noorderslag this year. Mixing influences of Earth, Wind & Fire, Pink Floyd, Tame Impala and Temple in a dreamy state. Drowned In Sound wrote: “Macrocosm Microcosm ‘is a perfect and daring Album that works on every level.”

Rats on Rafts

Rotterdam outfit Rats on Rafts formed from various different bands on the fringe scene in their city. There second, long-awaited and completely produced in-house album is to appear later this year. The band also take to Europe later this year with dates in Ireland in September.


This Dutch duo flows through a rare pop magic. Their self-titled debut, the band enters an acoustic expedition in 2016 still deeper into uncharted territory. Syncopated beats, electronic ambience, and a whole lot of fun.