Grounded connects people to celebrate a tangible sustainable culture. We are a diversely skilled community, driven by the common goal of regenerating our social and ecological system. Grounded is a community that stimulates connection, competence and autonomy by giving people the opportunity to create value-based initiatives. At Grounded, we engage people with culture and empower them to co-create projects surrounding food, education and art. Together we can have fun, without causing harm.


Fort bij't Hemeltje

The festival will be organised at a truly enchanting location: FORT ‘T HEMELTJE.On the west of the Fort you can see agricultural landscapes. On the eastside you can see Utrecht city. This location shows you how urban life is truly embedded within the natural environment. It is a social and biodiverse spot, providing you with an environment to reconnect.  As the Fort has always stood to protect the fertile grounds behind, so will we use it again.

This Fort has a rich history. In the past it has hosted up to 200 soldiers. The land around the Fort provided everything they needed. Think about different types of fruits and nut trees, chickens and a variety of vegetables. This type of location teaches us something about self-sufficiency. Even today the Fort hosts a diverse variety of plants and animals, as well as several organizations focusing on food transition and circularity. During the festival you can explore the landscape and learn about the different types of plants that set throne in Dutch nature.


The yummie stuff

Talented and creative chefs will provide you with a wide variety of different dishes and snacks made out of local and healthy ingredients. Each dish is a piece of art, and the chefs are more than happy to tell you everything about it. They will sprinkle the ingredients with their magic and create delicious dishes to satisfy your wishes. Expect vegan and vegetarian deliciousness.

Frequently asked Questions

Here you find all the relevant information regarding Grounded Festival 2021


We've got some great news: the permit has been granted for us to throw this beautiful party for you without the 1.5m distance! However, we still have some rules to follow to ensure a safe space for us all to be together, dance together and hug each other.
In order for us to dance away our problems together in a safe and responsible manner, come to the festival prepared:

Plan your test here ( .You can plan it two weeks before the event. The actual test needs to be taken within 40 hours of the event. The test is free and you get your results about an hour after the test! (also for non-dutch)

2. Download the CoronaCheck App. Visitors need to download the CoronaCheck app, and upload the number from of the test or a vaccination pass issued by EMA.

3. At the entrance: bring your ID & prepare the app barcode. At the festival we will scan the bar code that the CoronaCheck app generates and check your ID.

You can find more official information on the national guidelines here: And here you can read up more on the EU digital COVID-19 certificate:

Let’s finally boogie together again!


If you require parking because of a disability please contact us via, we will reserve a spot for you. Keep in mind there are only 20 parking spots.  

Where is Grounded Festival?

Grounded Festival is located on Fort T’ Hemeltje, Fortweg 9, 3992 LX, Houten

What if I experience or witness sexism, racism, violence or any other situation that makes me or others feel uncomfortable or unsafe?

If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, or if you witness someone else feeling uncomfortable or unsafe, for whatever reason, approach an awareness volunteer wearing a pink safety vest. You can find them at the awareness point in the workshop area; after 22.00 they will be walking around the festival grounds. The awareness team will listen to you and guide you to the safe space. If necessary and wanted, they can remove a person that makes you or others feel unsafe from the festival grounds. If there is no awareness person present, approach the bar staff or a crew member. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help!

I’m in a wheelchair. Will my companion be able to join me for free?

Yes, your companion enters for free (upon showing your certificate of disability).

I’m in a wheelchair. Will the entire festival grounds be accessible?

Many parts of the terrain are wheelchair friendly, especially around the main stage; some parts are however somewhat more difficult to access due to the nature of the terrain. You can bring a companion (free entrance) to help you get around. There are wheelchair accessible toilets on location.

How do I get to the festival?

By bike
We’d like our visitors to be as environmentally friendly as possible. We recommend and prefer that you take the bicycle to our beautiful terrain at Fort ‘t Hemeltje. 
In case you don’t have a bike in Utrecht you can rent an OV bike at Utrecht central station.

By public transport
You can take several busses from Utrecht Central Station and other spots in the city. Check for precise details from your location. Bus numbers that will go Fort ‘t Hemeltje from Central Station are 47 and 8. When traveling via Houten, you can also take bus 48. 
You can also take the Sprinter from Utrecht CS to Lunetten. From here it is a pleasant 30min walk to the Fort.

By car
We’d prefer you take the bicycle or public transport. However we recognize that this is not possible for everyone. For this reason, there are 20 parking spots for those who need it. If you require parking because of a disability please contact us via, we will reserve a spot for you.

How late can you enter and at what time does the festival end?

The festival will start at 12.00 PM and will end at 00.00 AM. The whole festival will be open during the day.

Can you take pictures on the Festival grounds?

You can take all the pictures you want, but keep in mind that not everyone in your pictures might agree with that. Always check if it’s ok.

Will there be lockers?

There won't be any lockers on the terrain. Keep this in mind when you pack your stuff for the festival. 

Lost & Found?

Ask for the lost & found at the backstage entrance. Our crew will go and check for you.

Can you swim in the water?

It is not allowed to swim in the water

Can I take drugs at the festival? 

Hard drugs are forbidden by Dutch law. If you do decide to take them, do so responsibly and look out for yourself and your friends. In case you take too much, approach an awareness volunteer wearing a pink safety vest. You can find them at the awareness point in the workshop area; after 22.00 they will be walking around the festival grounds. The awareness team will listen to you and guide you to the psycare tent, where you can relax until you feel better.

Are there still tickets for sale?

Grounded Festival 2021 is SOLD OUT!

How can I sell my ticket?

If you want to sell your ticket, we’d advise using Ticketswap. It is the safest way to buy and sell tickets. 

Can I bring drinks to the festival?

No alcoholic drinks are allowed to be brought inside the festival grounds, but make sure to have your water bottle with you to stay hydrated!

What kind of food will be served at the festival?

We are all about organic and locally produced food, therefore we will only serve food made of locally grown vegetables. No meat will be served at the festival and there will be gluten-free options!

Can I bring my dog?

We love dogs and animals! But keep in mind that a festival might not be the best environment for a pet. So if you bring them, take care.

What do I do with my waste?

GROUNDED is plastic-free, so make sure to not bring any plastic waste with you inside our festival grounds. There will be plenty of opportunities to sort the rest of your waste (general, paper & organic) and we will have some pocket ashtrays for those in need.