Fader present Thomas Martojo's guide to running an Electronic Music Festival

Now entering its third edition, Dekmantel festival has so far sold out every year, doubling its initial capacity of 5,000 to a pretty healthy, but still intimate, 10,000. Despite sticking to its roots as a small, house and techno specialist event, it’s gone from being a mostly Dutch event to welcoming attendees from over 50 countries, as well as extending its night program in the popular Amsterdam nightclub Melkweg, and adding a prestigious opening concert (this year it’s an exclusive Autechre show). Dekmantel don’t do anything particularly fancy or attention-grabbing; they simply program a solid line-up full of their favorite producers and DJs, and each year, despite the fierce competition and their lack of previous experience in running festivals, it seems to be working out pretty great. The FADER spoke to Martojo to find out how to run an electronic music festival.

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