ID&T NL (who own Awakenings and Mysteryland) have just bought a big shareholder stake in Apenkooi (who own DGTL). It’s a huge move and is going to give the team behind DGTL a massive injection of money as well as infrastructure to push the project to an entirely new level.
The Apenkooi journey started in 2004 with a local party in the Utrecht-based “Club Monza”. Two decades later, Apenkooi has grown into one of the leading electronic music promoters in The Netherlands, and today its portfolio of events includes acclaimed brands such as DGTL, STRAF_WERK, Pleinvrees, Amsterdam Open Air and The Gardens of Babylon. Apenkooi also organizes festivals internationally and promotes the elrow events in The Netherlands. In addition to continuing to run its flagship events, the partnership with Superstruct and ID&T will unlock new opportunities for the group in the areas of brand partnerships activation and events sustainability, building on the success of DGTL – the world’s most sustainable dance festival.
“We are delighted to partner with Superstruct and ID&T. Joining a global platform of industry-leading, like-minded entrepreneurs will take Apenkooi to the next level and enable our company to seize the numerous growth opportunities within electronic music events brand partnerships and sustainability.”
— Jasper Goossen CEO and co-founder of Apenkooi
“We are very happy and proud to welcome so many talented and passionate people to our family. Not only does Apenkooi have an amazing portfolio with brands such as DGTL, STRAF_WERK and Pleinvrees, we also have been partners already in several festivals such as Amsterdam Open Air, Valhalla and By the Creek for many years. In addition to the many popular festivals, their in-house brand partnership agency will also become part of the group. For the ID&T brand partnership team this is a very important step to further expand the partnership portfolio with commercial and qualitative propositions“
— Ritty van Straalen, CEO of the ID&T Group
About Superstruct Entertainment
Superstruct Entertainment is a global live entertainment platform that owns and operates large scale music festivals and live events. Superstruct’s portfolio includes international brands such as Sziget, elrow, Parookaville, Wacken Open Air, Sónar, Mysteryland, Boardmasters, Zwarte Cross, Awakenings and Defqon.1 Weekend Festival.
Apenkooi was founded in 2004 and is known for organizing events with a strong focus on electronic music, creativity and sustainability. The ambition of the Amsterdam-based company has recently led to a worldwide expansion. Since 2015 Apenkooi organizes events in many countries such as Spain, Israel, Brazil and India. The Apenkooi Group includes brands such as DGTL, Straf_Werk, Pleinvrees, The Gardens of Babylon, Amsterdam Open Air, Valhalla, De Zon and By The Creek.
About ID&T Group
ID&T was founded in 1992 and organizes approximately 70 events a year. The ID&T Group includes the companies B2S, ID&T Events, Q-dance, Monumental (Awakenings), Air Events, Art of Dance, and VD Events and events such as Mysteryland, Amsterdam Open Air, Milkshake, Vunzige Deuntjes, Thunderdome, Defqon.1 Weekend Festival, Awakenings, Decibel Outdoor and Masters of Hardcore. Their events attract more than one million visitors a year. The ID&T Group also encompasses Platinum Agency and Most Wanted DJ, two of the world’s largest hard dance booking agencies.