September Guide: ClinkCREATIVE at ClinkNOORD

Life is better when it’s filled with music, art and creativity. That’s our take on it at least. ClinkCREATIVE is our collection of programmes set up to engage guests and local communities with artists, musicians and creatives in exciting cities.

Check out our guide to see what’s going on at ClinkNOORD in September!

XYZ AMS at C-Lab

C-lab. We’ve got some nifty little spaces in our hostels – perfect ‘pop-up’ spots, if you will. C-Lab is a multi-functional space that we offer up to those who’ve got a winning idea they want to shout about, an inspiring project they want to work on or an exhibition they want to share.

XYZ AMS is a creative collective that provides creative co-working spaces to a diverse bunch of artists. We’ve teamed up with them, offering up the C-Lab as a studio space. A few XYZ AMS artists have set up here and are currently working on different projects. The team at Noord love to stop by to see what they’re up to and all our guests are encouraged to do the same! Artistic freedom and collaboration is what it’s all about with the XYZ AMS collective, so you can expect an inspiring crossover of art, design and photography. If you’re staying with at ClinkNOORD between now and the end of the year make sure you drop by to see what they’re working on.


Artist in Residence: Gerson Main

ClinkAIR is our Artist in Residence Programme run in conjunction with the City of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst and the Bureau Boedplaatsen. It gives three artists a year the opportunity to stay in the hostel, space to create and space to exhibit or perform their work.

We’ve just got a new Artist in Residence on board and we’re all super excited to have him staying at ClinkNOORD for the next year! Gerson Main played in the bands of Dutch artists Typhoon, Dio Typhoon and Sarah Jane but has now spread his wings to pursue solo stuff. Last year he was a finalist in Dutch TV show ‘De Beste Singer-Songwriters van Nederland’ (The Best Singer-songwriter of The Netherlands), charming the crowd with his poetic lyrics and danceble rhythms. Since then Gerson has played a good few festivals including Lowlands, Solar and Reggea Geel.  He’s also been a much-loved guest on the big Dutch radio stations like 3FM, 538 and Radio 2. Gerson recently launched his debut album named, in his characteristically tongue-in-cheek way, ‘De Slechtste Singer-songwriter van Nederland’ (The Worst Singer-songwriter of The Netherlands). This autumn, Gerson is working on his first theatre performance.

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Photo by Elbert Fliek 

If you’re lucky, you might catch Gerson playing his guitar and trying out some new songs in the communal areas of ClinkNOORD. You will recognize him from his big smile. We’ll be catching up with Gerson later in the year to find out what he’s been up to, so keep your eyes peeled for that interview.

Stay & Play Will Whisson

For bands and artists hoping to make it in the music industry, touring is the best way to build a fan base and play to new audiences. However, it doesn’t come cheap and that means that some great acts miss out on playing in Europe’s buzzing music capitals. The idea behind Stay & Play is simple – a band or artist performs for our guests at one of our in-house bars and we put them up for a night or two!

Will Whisson is a singer / songwriter from the U.K who, over the years playing lead guitar in Rock/ Pop band Electric River, has honed his craft for catchy melodies, poignant lyrics and honest songwriting. Now stepping out on his own, he’s taking his gentle but optimistic sound on tour as he plays to intimate audiences across Europe. If you like Ben Howard, Newton Faulkner and Benjamin Francis Leftwich then catch Will Whisson whilst you can! He’s playing at ZincBAR on September 15th.

Check out Will’s facebook and soundcloud and if you’re a band looking to get some international exposure in some of music’s most important cities, then Stay & Play might be for you too – get in touch! [email protected]


Remember, if you don’t want to miss out on all the cool, creative stuff happening at ClinkNOORD this September, book your bed now! We’re offering 10% off on beds booked by 16th September … just use the code AMS10 when booking.