De OCCII (pronounce “okki”): an independent music venue – one of my regular spots to see live bands. Nothing much more than a music venue. It is not a bar, you should check it out when there an event. But the Subbacultcha events circle around a couple of locations, and the OCCII is one of them. They have a programming of their own, and you should check the event calendar to be up to date. I finally got a good pic of the bar and the location (by Kasper Vogelzang) – usually in this location I am right in front of the stage.
Well, everything about Amsterdam is small, and a venue with about 200-250 m2 is considered a large space, even if it is not, if you are accustomed to spaces in other cities. If you think of a larger garage you come pretty close to what the OCCII originally was: It used to be one of the first (horse-) tram sheds in Amsterdam. Squatters occupied it in 1984, and it now operates as a volunteer-run, independent concert/event hall.
The programming is done by different independent groups of organizers which I haven’t checked all checked out yet, but the Subbacultcha, and Indie Indie events are definitely not to be missed (I wrote about Indie Indie earlier when they had their sessions organized in illegal basements) – Open Series also does meet my style mostly – the other groups go more into either punk/hardcore or dance events. Check their website!