De Dijk

De Dijk

Lead singer Huub van der Lubbe
Background information
Origin Amsterdam, Netherlands
Genres Rock, soul, rhythm & blues
Years active 1981–present
Labels Dureco, Telstar, Phonogram, Universal
Associated acts Hot Haarlemmer Dijk Horns
Huub van der Lubbe
Hans van der Lubbe
Nico Arzbach
Antonie Broek
Pim Kops
Past members
Bert Stelder
Daniel Derks
Christan Muiser
Mike Booth

De Dijk (translation: The Dike) is a Dutch rock band which formed in 1981. The band is named after the Zeedijk, a street in their hometown Amsterdam. Their music can be described as a mixture of soul, blues and rock 'n roll, with lyrics sung only in Dutch. Except for the latest Dijk-album, Hold on Tight (October 2010) and the song 'Enough is Enough' (2008), both of which are sung in English by Solomon Burke. They are considered as one of the most important Dutch acts of the past 25 years.

De Dijk was formed by Huub van der Lubbe, who also is an actor and poet, his brother Hans van der Lubbe and Nico Arzbach. The band started in a time when Dutch language pop music became highly popular, with bands like Doe Maar, Het Goede Doel and Toontje Lager. This kind of music is called Nederpop. Van der Lubbe performs as a poet as well. Perhaps as a consequence, the band is not only popular with teenagers but also with older people. During the nineties songs of De Dijk were a major source of inspiration for upcoming Dutch bands like Van Dik Hout and Bløf.



Today De Dijk are:

  • Huub van der Lubbe (vocals)
  • Hans van der Lubbe (bass guitar)
  • Nico Arzbach (guitar)
  • Antonie Broek (drums)
  • Pim Kops (keyboards, accordion, guitar)

On stage they are accompanied by:

  • Roland Brunt (saxophone)
  • Peter van Soest (trumpet)
  • JB Meyers (guitar)


  • De Dijk (1982) - The Dike
  • Nooit meer Tarzan (1983) - Never again Tarzan
  • Elke dag een nieuwe hoed (1985) - Every day a new hat
  • Wakker in een vreemde wereld (1987) - Awake in a strange world
  • Niemand in de stad (1989) - Nobody in town
  • Live (1990) - Live
  • Nooit genoeg (1991) - Never enough
  • Zeven levens (1992) - Seven lives
  • De blauwe schuit (1994) - The blue barge
  • De stand van de maan (1997) - The position of the moon
  • Voor de tover (1998) - for the magic
  • Het beste van (1998) - The best of
  • Zevende hemel (2000) - Seventh heaven
  • Muzikanten dansen niet (2002) - Musicians don't dance
  • Door (2003) - Further
  • Later is nu (2005) - Later is now
  • Zullen we dansen (2006) - Shall we dance
  • We beginnen pas (2006) - We have just started
  • Brussel (2008) - Brussels
  • Hold On Tight (2010) - Hold On Tight (Collaboration with Solomon Burke)


  • 1987 - Zilveren Harp (Silver Harp) - Most promising new Dutch act
  • 1993 - Gouden Harp (Golden Harp) - For their large contribution to Dutch music
  • 1995 - Edison Music Award - Best Dutch rock album (De Blauwe Schuit)
  • 2005 - Edison Music Award - For their entire work
  • 2008 - Popprijs (Pop Prize) - For the album Brussels (and for their entire work)

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