Since 1996, Amsterdam Dance Event has been bringing world-class vinyl pop-up shops, state-of-the-union musical development talks and of course, the best in dark, sweaty, basement raves. The five-day festival and conference returns to the Dutch capital from October 18 to 22.
The world-renowned fall festival is one of the music industry’s networking meccas.
With programming to serve all facets of electronic music generation including label heads, PR coordinators, artists and press, the 2017 schedule is one of the busiest yet.
Dutch ambassador Joris Voorn and Michigan’s Matthew Dear will divulge some critical studio tips in their respective Music Talks. Nina Kraviz will also dissect her trailblazing musical synthesis from trance to techno at ADE’s Sound Lab.
The big bookings for ADE are enough to encourage a last minute train ticket. The likes of Jeff Mills will headline Awakenings’ Figure Nacht, while Ben Klock, Rødhad and Marcel Dettmann will all be taking the decks for the German Photon showcase.
Whether all-night raves, morning afterhours or sunny afternoon day parties, punters will have options to dance across the city, in and outside the downtown core.
The vinyl shops of Rotterdam’s Clone Records and Amsterdam’s Mary Go Wild will be hosting pop-ups and in-store raves respectively. The latter are even bringing a list of secret DJs and 70 lucky ravers to their signature basement techno jam.
Berlin’s Ellen Allien will keep the vinyl spinning at the Zwart Goud record shop for her trademark Vinylism series.
Amsterdam Street Art and ADE Beats will team up to present a variety of curated installations throughout the week, called Framed Beats.
Toronto’s Lindsay Cabrera will also be on location discussing the role of public relations in contemporary dance music, alongside Emma Chambers and Jose Woldring.
Conferences will also touch upon themes of musical education, publicity, networking and technical skill.
Some of the city’s favourite venues like De Marktkantine, Gashouder, Sugarfactory and Melkweg will take center stage while relatively new entries like De School will bring their own unique programming to the fore.
De School will also be hosting the Resident Advisor charity football tournament and will pit the world’s top DJs against each other in support of refugee aid on October 19. The former technical institution will also be hosting their famous Sunday afternoon disco party with Dutch curator Job Jobse.
As expected, brands like Hyte, Dystopian, Circoloco and Detroit Love will also bring their rosters —including a rare Moodymann appearance. Attendees can consider themselves warned: overlapping schedules may not be avoided.
With such a densely packed line-up, guests will have to decide where to dance ahead of time, with many events selling out before the festival even kicks off.
You can buy a pass to ADE here.