The 19th edition of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) will be running from the 15th to the 19th of October. The five day festival will host 300 individual events featuring 2000 DJs in 80 clubs. Looking at last year’s figures, 300,000 visitors are expected. Exciting opportunities await those interested in all elements of music.
Although ADE is referred to as a festival, it is more of a music-industry conference. It is seen as the Amsterdam counterpart of renowned events such as SXSW in Austin and the Winter Music Conference in Miami.
As a collection of events spread across Amsterdam, it might seem complicated to find your way around ADE, especially for those who are unfamiliar to the venues and artists. Don’t look further; in our exclusive report, we provide an overview of the different elements of this year’s event, taking a closer look at chosen artists, venues and activities. In this article we will take a closer look at the venues and events:
OUR PICK OF VENUES AND EVENTS
Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ:
The “Trialogue” world tour will debut at the Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ, featuring a special live-stream performance of Bugge Wesseltoft, Henrik Schwarz and Dan Berglund.
15 October, 20:30-22:00
Harbour Amsterdam Roest:
The cultural harbor at Amsterdam Roest will host three nights.
16 October, 22:00-07:00 – Thursday Dubfire with Adrian Sherwood, Carlo Lio, Dadub, and Modular Persuits
17 October, 22:00-07:00 – Max Cooper, Dominik Eulberg, Gabriel Ananda, Terry Toner, Einmusik, Arjuna Schiks and Aril Brikha
18 October, 22:00-07:00 – Seth Troxler with Kerri Chandler, Jackmaster, Harvard Bass, and William Kouam Djoko
MC Theater and OT301 (16, 17, 18, 19 October):
Dekmantel will host five events over four nights. Four events will be hosted at MC Theater, and one will be at OT301.
16 October, 22:00-06:00 – Surgeon, Planetary Assault Systems (live), Boddika, Voices from the Lake x Magic Mountain High (4 hour live-set), Joey Anderson and Talismann
17 October, 22:00-06:00 – Carl Craig with Moodymann, Recloose, Dekmantel Soundsystem, San Proper, Young Marco, and Cinnaman
17 October, 22:00-05:00 (OT301) – Ben Klock and Etapp Kyle
18 October, 22:00-06:00 – Joy Orbison with Tale of Us, Barnt, I-F, and Morphosis
19 October, 22:00-06:00 – Marcel Dettmann, Marcel Fengler, Function, Answer Code Request, Martyn, Third Side: Steffi X Analogue Cops, Tama Sumo, Ryan Elliot, Nick Höppner, and Kobosil
OT301 during Amsterdam Dance Event. Image: Rene Gesink
OUR PICK OF ACTIVITIES
Global Club Debate:
Discussion topics of the debate will include how much digital culture has affected nightlife, the key technological developments driving club culture, as well as how brand clubs can develop globally without damaging their initial audience. The debate will be moderated by Danny Howard, BBC Radio 1’s most popular dance and electronic DJ. Guest speakers are Donnie Estopinal, founder and CEO at Disco Donnie Presents, seen among the founding fathers of American electronic dance music, and Shailendra Singh, founder of Sunburn Festival, Asia’s biggest music festival.
15 October, 12:30-13:30 – The Dylan (D2 Panel Room)
Mix, Mingle & Move:
Mix, Mingle & Move is a networking event, combining funk, soul and hip-hop music alongside photography and illustration exhibitions. DJs attending the event include Clyde, JaySoul, Shug & Ru, and AmsterdamSoundSystem. Visual artists include illustrator and sign writer Jasper Andries, photographer Ilja Meefout, and 3-D artist and sculptor Dean Zeus Coleman. Invitees of the event include bloggers, fashion designers, TV/radio personalities, so this is your chance to meet key names in your industry of interest.
15 October, 19:00-00:00 – 5&33 @ art’otel amsterdam
The Talent Platform offers one-on-one professional feedback on your music from a wide range of experienced professionals, ranging from top producers and managers to DJs, talent scouts and booking agents from across the world. You will be advised about how to pitch your music professionally and target the top management teams to take on your music.
Various events: 18 October, 13:00-15:50 – Felix Meritis (See: http://www.amsterdam-dance-event.nl/ade-next/)
Tickets are purchased individually for each event. See: http://www.amsterdam-dance-event.nl/tickets/festival/.
The ADE card provides access to the ADE Film Program, in-store performances and selected ADE Playground events. It is available for purchase from the ADE website for 10 euros: http://www.amsterdam-dance-event.nl/tickets/ade-card/.
TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION
Those who book a flight to Amsterdam through KLM are eligible to receive an ADE Card as well as a pair of limited edition ACS Pacato X ADE earplugs. To make use of the offer, send your ticket number or booking code to: email@example.com.
Some hotels and hostels offer accommodation packages for the ADE. While hostels offer the opportunity of staying with other ADE visitors, hotels offer wellness opportunities and group rooms exclusive to ADE visitors. For more information, visit: http://www.amsterdam-dance-event.nl/hotels/festival/.
If our report hasn’t done it for you, Resident Advisor, the top written source for the expression of global dance culture, has chosen ADE as the number one “pick from around the world” for the month of October. Make sure you don’t miss out!
Images: Amsterdam Dance Event