Founded in 1995, the Amsterdam Dance Event is one of the world’s largest dance music conference-festivals, hosting more than 2,000 artists and 500 speakers, encompassing the full spectrum of electronic genres. Thousands of artists, professionals and music lovers travel from all over the world annually to enjoy five of the best days in contemporary dance music.
However exciting, trying to navigate through the seemingly never-ending list of parties can be daunting. With so much to choose from and so little time, we’ve compiled a short list of some must-attend parties at this year’s festivities. From techno to house, underground to Underworld, there is something for everyone! In chronological order, here’s our picks…
Pleinvrees ADE x Hungry Music & Colourizon
On October 19, three forward thinking music masters are teaming up to bring you nine hours of melodic house and techno. The Dutch label and festival Pleinvrees, the French record label Hungry Music and Miss Melera’s Colourizon make a beautiful trio and have brought many friends with them – look out for Rodriguez Jr., N’to, Worakls, andhim, and many more gracing the decks over the course of the evening.
RADION ADE Thursday: Tresor x BPitch
Teaming up with RADION Amsterdam for a night of unforgettable techno are some of Berlin’s finest: mega club Tresor, techno queen Ellen Allien and her iconic imprint, BPitch Control. Ellen has brought a troupe of soldiers with her to help shake the walls all night, including DJ Stingray, FJAAK and K-Hand. This one is a no-brainer.
ADE Afternoon with Supremus Records
When: Friday, October 20 @ 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Where: J.D. William’s Whisky Bar
Tickets: Free entry!
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What could be a better combination of a free party, delicious food and first-class whisky, complimented by an afternoon of deep, soulful tunes? Take a (relative) break with the Supremus Records gang, back for their second year showcase, which will include the sounds of GIOM, Nils Penner and of course our homie Dunmore Park + more.
Thuishaven ADE x Life and Death
Always a fan favourite at ADE and worldwide, Life and Death is one of the most influential record labels today. This year’s showcase features over a dozen artists including Gerd Janson, Red Axes, Leon Vynehall and label boss DJ Tennis, and takes place in the incredible outdoor venue Thuishaven – a killer combo that will make for one magical evening.
Audio Obscura x Rijksmuseum present: Underworld
When: Friday, October 20 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Tickets: Free entry!
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Partnering with one of the industry’s finest cutting-edge production companies, Audio Obscura, it’s none other than dance music’s legendary act Underworld, throwing a one-off live set, free of charge! Unique and iconic since the 90s, they are known for hosting events in obscure venues – this one takes place in the Bicycle Passage of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, which will create an intimate club venue for a limited crowd of music lovers. If you’re lucky enough to squeeze in, this will be an event of a lifetime.
Sudbeat x The Soundgarden ADE
Following one of the festival’s many boat parties, the masterminds behind the labels Sudbeat and The Soundgarden are pairing up to bring you a real treat: both label bosses Hernan Cattaneo and Nick Warren, respectively, playing b2b for at least nine hours. Get your marathon shoes ready, because this is going to be a special one!
Shelter x VBX ADE
Held in one of Amsterdam’s most unique and newest venues, Shelter, the VBX team is holding a seriously underground after party with Zip, Praslesh and Ferro on deck on October 21. A perfect way to cap off your ADE experience, you will most likely get lost in a 13 hour journey through some serious forward thinking dance music.
ADE will take place October 18-22 in Amsterdam.
More information on the Conference-Festival may be found here.