How to survive Full Circle
It’s that time of year again… Full Circle is back! This city-wide festival celebrates Antwerp’s night life by uniting some of Antwerp’s biggest night clubs and Belgian DJ’s. This year’s edition counts twelve different party locations. With the following tips, you will dance the night away like there’s no tomorrow.
Tip 1: Public transport
Full Circle is spread across Antwerp’s city centre, so you better figure out how you are going to get to all the different locations. There are many ways to get around Antwerp. To get to the city centre, the best option is to take the train to Antwerp Central railway station. From there you can take the bus or tram. The former two methods of transportation are all owned by the Flemish public transport company ‘De Lijn’, so it’s one ticket for all.
Tip 2: Get sporty. Ride a bike!
If you don’t want to depend on public transport, you can also take a bike. ‘Velo Antwerpen’ is the official bike rental service of Antwerp. With these city bikes, you can move fast throughout Antwerp and its surrounding districts. When you arrive at your destination, you can just leave your bicycle at a nearby bike station. There are more than 300 of these stations all over the city of Antwerp. You can also use the ‘Velo App’ to look up in which Velo stations there are bikes available and to look for the nearest Velo station. A day pass will cost you four euros. If you want to learn more about eco-friendly ways to get around Antwerp, go check our article on ‘How to travel easy & sustainably during Full Circle’.
Tip 3: Where to stay?
After a rough night, nothing feels better than to hop into a comfortable bed. In Antwerp, there are numerous original stays right in the heart of the city centre. You can even sleep on an authentic sailboat overlooking the MAS museum. By the way, staying at a sailboat will also come in handy if you want to attend one of the boat parties at Full Circle. However, there are plenty of other options such as cozy airbnb’s or hostels. You’ll definitely find a unique spot.
Tip 4: Make a schedule
Twelve venues in one day may seem ambitious, but it is really not that hard if you plan everything well. We would recommend you to make a list and timetable of the artists you want to see and the events you want to join. It will save you so much time in the end. You can also check the official timetable of Full Circle.
Tip 5: Eat fancy street food
The Jane is a two Michelin star-restaurant offering top notch gastronomy in the former chapel of the Military Hospital of Antwerp. This makes a special location for even more special food. At Full Circle, the restaurant will exclusively open its doors to serve you tasty and qualitative street food. At the same time, DJ’s will take care of good music. You can’t go partying on an empty stomach!
Tip 6: Always stay together
Horror movies teach us that it is always a bad idea to split up. So, remember the golden rule: always stay together with your friends while partying since it can be difficult to find them back in busy crowds.
Tip 7: Dress for every circumstance
We get it. You want to look good while partying. Maybe you can score a cool party outfit at the clothes swap at the MAS museum? Also, don’t forget to dress warm enough and always be prepared for the rainy Belgian weather, because you will have to cover some distances to get from one location to the next.
Tip 8: Put on your dancing shoes
Full Circle is the perfect opportunity to get to know Antwerp’s music scene. Since the line-up exists out of 100% Belgian artists, you’ll discover loads of local talent. Whether you’re a raver, a house freak or a drum ‘n bass lover, the DJ’s at Full Circle will treat you to an unforgettable experience. So, put on your dancing shoes and dance day ‘n night to the best Belgian music.
Full Circle takes place on November 10. Ticket sale is going fast, so hurry up!
Text by Anella Sepp
Pics by Anella Sepp & Full Circle x This is Antwerp