As we steadily slip into the cold and gloomy embrace of Autumn, days keep getting shorter but this also means that nights draw out for longer. Which is fitting as like every year for the past twenty years, on the third week of October, ADE makes a grand and banging return to the streets and clubs of Amsterdam. ADE which stands for Amsterdam Dance Event is the yearly rendez-vous of the dance music industry and electronic music fans alike. Over the course of 5 days, over 350,000 people flock to the city to experience close to 350 parties held in more than 300 venues dotted across the city. Every single genre and sub-genre of electronic music is represented from stadium sized EDM to all the shades of house, techno, drum and bass, disco and more. Seemingly everyone involved in the business makes the trip and you are just as likely to bump into the likes of Martin Garrix and Skrillex as you are into Seth Troxler or Objekt.
If the parties are the lifeline of ADE, the conference program alone is worth the visit. Panels, workshops, product demonstrations, talks and more take place during the daytime in a number of stunning locations in the centre of the Amsterdam. This year in just under two hours, you can for example head out to listen to disco maestro Joe Claussell discuss the evolution of his sound, jump straight into a live interview with Dutch EDM star Afrojack and finish off with a panel featuring Spanish classical meets techno musician Francesco Tristano presenting his newest musical endeavour. An extensive amount of new DJ and music production gear is also yours to test at the dedicated ADE playground.
But the parties are still what draw the most crowds throughout the week. Every single possible venue from the warehouses of the northern islands of Amsterdam to all of the best clubs and bars are taken over by just about every relevant label on the planet. If you find yourself in Amsterdam this week and are lost in a sea of possibilities, we’ve gone and picked three parties that you should not sleep on.
Friday the 21st – Harvey’s Discotheque & ESP Institute @ De Marktkantine
DJ Harvey knows a thing or two about throwing a good party and with the international crew of ESP Institute called in for backup, the Friday night party at De Marktkantine is bound to be a blinder.
Joining the cosmic greatness of the widely adored UK DJ are ESP Institute founder Lovefingers who is
well known for his incredibly wild selections, Berlin’s Moscoman who is fresh from the release of his
debut album, Scottish representative Lord Of The Isles who also comes with a new album in tow and closing the bill is Amsterdam’s very own Young Marco. Expect plenty of disco, all shades of Balearic and timeless leftfield selections from all of the artists involved.
Friday the 21st – Bloc London x Banlieue Presents Minimal Wave @ Radion
The team behind the stunning Radion club has put together an incredible program throughout the entirety of ADE. On the Friday night we highly recommend heading out there for the showcase of the New-York based label Minimal Wave. Founded by Veronica Vasicka in 2005, Minimal Wave releases and rereleases electronic music rooted in the 80s with a strong penchant for all things wave, as the label name hints at. Joining Vasicka at Radion is an absolute stellar lineup. The likes of Berghain resident Ryan Elliott, outsider house man of the moment Joey Anderson and Traxx, widely regarded as one of Chicago’s best DJs, will be gracing the decks alongside Funkineven, Broken English Club and plenty more.
Saturday the 22nd & Sunday the 23rd – Breakfast Club @ Radion
Radion will again be the place to be on both weekend days as the mighty Breakfast Club returns. Breakfast Club is a day party which starts at 7am and either makes for an ideal start to the day or the perfect continuation of a night out. As the Breakfast Club organizers put it “the freaks may come out at night, but the real troopers come out after dawn.” Both nights feature a mix of house and techno heavyweights who’ve been honing their crafts in all the best clubs of the planet. Saturday sees DVS1, Levon Vincent, Margaret Dygas, Aurora Halal and more take control of the room while on Sunday it’s the turn of Mike Servito, Ulf Eriksson, Palms Trax, Shanti Celeste and more to shine. Check out an impromptu B2B2B with Donato Dozzy, Neel and Peter Van Hoesen from last year for an idea of what to expect.