The OCCII is one of Amsterdam's most active hosts for concerts and events in the alternative music genres. OCCII offers a stage to performers from all over the world playing punk, hardcore, crust, post-punk, indie, wave, gothic, noise, experimental, and many of less definable musical backgrounds. Don't expect a lot of commercially big names on stage here, but there is ample space for experiment and idiosyncracy.
OCCII (short for Onafhankelijk Cultureel Centrum In It) also organizes and participates in counter culture and art festivals and workshops.
OCCII is run by volunteers and has it's cultural origins in the eighties Amsterdam squatter scene, which is still very noticeable in the current atmosphere and culture.
After being squatted in the late eighties it has been in use as a music stage in 1992.