Zwarte Cross – A Connected Festival

June 16, 2023
irfan ullah

In the heart of the Dutch countryside, a unique fusion of music, motorcycles, and merriment unfolds annually, known as the Zwarte Cross festival. For a quarter of a century, this event has been a beacon of entertainment, attracting hundreds of thousands of attendees over a span of four days.

The festival’s charm lies not only in its eclectic mix of live performances across 38 stages but also in its commitment to providing a seamless digital experience for its patrons. In an era where sharing experiences on social media is as integral to an event as the event itself, Zwarte Cross has recognized the importance of a robust, high-quality network.

Partnering with Extreme Networks and other tech giants, the festival has taken a leap forward, creating a visionary foundation for a truly connected festival. As we delve deeper into this fascinating blend of tradition and technology, we turn our attention to two key figures: Ronnie Degen, Co-Owner of Feestfabriek/Zwarte Cross, and Michael Lane, Global Engineer – Wireless Technologies at Extreme Networks. Their insights and experiences will further illuminate how this Dutch festival has become a global leader in creating a connected, immersive event experience.

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