It’s here! The week we've all be waiting for has arrived! Amsterdam Dance Event continues to be packed full of great emotions, surprises, and moments to remember for a life time...and this year promises to be no different!
For beginners, it's easy to understand confusion over such a meticulously planned and extensive program. You might feel overwhelmed choosing what to see first or where to go at all. That is why, we have curated a program of some of the best events to help guide you through the busy week, helping you pick and choose the finest party schedule not only in Amsterdam, but the world. We have based our selection on two of the most important criteria when it comes to choosing a party – the artists and the location. So put your dancing shoes on, have a long power nap today and prepare for a sleepless but totally worthy week of madness.
Wednesday 19 October
Something Happening Somewhere (SoHaSo)
To ease you into the ADE celebrations, former Trouw resident Nuno Dos Santos takes part at this year's ADE with a series of label showcases. The opening night will see a great mix and collaboration between Nuno’s label SoHaSo and Correspondant.
Awakenings x Len Faki presents Figure Night
Across town, at a much darker place, we will have the pleasure of German techno titan Len Faki kicking off the series of Awakenings events at one of Amsterdam's finest resorts, Gashouder. If you are hoping for an easy start of the week, this will hardly be the place for you. Faki has conjured up a line up armed to the teeth with sinister techno beats. You will also have the pleasure to dance under the sounds of Dystopian’s boss Rodhad and the unprecedented Detroit duo Octave One among others.
Four Tet and Floating Points at De School
Only 9 months ago saw the birth of De School and it's felt like years with its seamless addition to Amsterdam's nightlife. It's programming asset is one of their biggest assets to boast, next to having incredible creative ideas about turning their space into a home, and making a community of ravers feel like family. Their opening night serves as proof that for one more time we will have the pleasure of enjoying the beautiful craft of the uncanny Four Tet and Floating Points, who will warm your heart with beautiful jazzy and folk electronica.
Thursday 20 October
Afterlife at Loveland, Mediahaven
This year, like every other, Loveland have stepped up their game hosting some of the hottest acts in the scene at the moment. This Thursday will see the debut of Tale of Us' new label, Afterlife, exclusively hosted by Loveland at Mediahaven. An ever-changing location that will transform into many enchanting moments throughout throughout the week! Enjoy the pleasure and good music of Dixon, Mind Against, Gerd Janson and many others!
Tresor 25 years ADE Special at H7 Warehouse
This year, we had the pleasure of celebrating a very special birthday – the birth of Tresor. A club so special, and pivotal in the role of the techno scene deserves not just one but multiple celebrations! ADE has the pleasure to host this special event, which will be a monumental occasion and amazing line up, starting with Dutch techno legend Steve Rachmad and ending with TR-101.
Jackmaster & Numbers present Mastermix ADE w/ Moodyman at Shelter
Glaswegian gem and UK favourite Jackmaster will be Amsterdam techno scene will open its doors for the first time on Thursday with the legendary Moodyman. The programming starts strong and continues without compromise throughout the week, kicking off a new era in the most memorable way.
Friday 21 October
Berlin ADE Special w/ Sisyphos & Katermukke at WesterUnie
WesterUnie is one of the iconic places in the west of Amsterdam that has never disappointed when it comes to creating great atmosphere and energy for the crowd. As this happens to be a specialty of Sisyphos and Katermukke in Berlin, they find themselves in exactly the right place to showcase their talents on a very special night. You will have the pleasure of enjoying the music of one of the top deep house labels Stil vor, bringing their finest Oliver Koletzki, Jan Blomqvist, Nicone and Sacha Breamer and more!
ENTER. Experiences at Loveland, Mediahaven
Need I say more? The name already gives us chills, because we know that when Richie Hawtin is creating an Experience, it's going to be the best one. The master of music and branding comes back to Amsterdam, with the incredible concept of ENTER. The next leap into the future arrives with his Model 1 – a typically pioneering analogue mixer. As usual, Richie’s line up brings out the big guns making sure that together we will ENTER. the void of music and stay there for as long as possible.
DGTL X Paradise at Scheepsbouwloods
By tradition, Jamie Jones hosts his Paradise events with one of the most powerful organizations in Amsterdam, DGTL. Taking over the ship yards in the north part of the city, you will be able to enjoy the warm but powerful sounds of artists such as Patrick Topping, Hot Since 82, wAFF and many others in a raw industrial environment. Do not miss to add a DGTL event in your agenda.
Saturday 22 October
Breakfast Club – ADE at RADION
On Saturday, one of the best places to be at is the Breakfast Club. This year one of the best underground venues in Amsterdam RADION, is hosting the chilliest event there is the breakfast club. You will have the chance to relax after the few days of madness, have a bite and dance under the sounds of a great selection of artists whose specialty is mornings and day raving.
Detroit Love with Carl Craig and friends at Sugarfactory
What is an ADE without the ultimate presence of the Detroit legends? This year, Carl Craig brings a gang of friends reminding the Amsterdam crowd not only of their powerful sound, but also the techno sound of where it all originated.
A place so special, the source of it all, has changed the landscape of electronic music and techno forever. It continues to serve as an inspiration to all who want to continue to create, innovate and continue the fire the love for music. Mirko Loko, Iris Menza, and Daniel Sanchez will have the pleasure to make this night special and unforgettable.
HYTE ADE w/ Collabs at Warehouse Elementenstraat
HYTE has proven to be a powerhouse for techno and quality music across many locations around the world. Wherever they go they make it go off like no tomorrow. This Saturday a one of a kind event will take place. Chris Liebing will join forces with Dutch titan Speedy J to provide an all nighter of heavy bass lines and incredible techno. You will also have the honor of enjoying the duo Abstract Division, one of the most coherent techno trips one can always enjoy. Having been in Amsterdam before, the location speaks for itself and if you haven’t, well, expect the best.
Sunday 23 October
Awakenings ADE Closing Party
If you started your week with Awakenings x Gashouder, you are either still in glorious daze or barely able to move. This event is one of the best possible ways to close an unforgettable week. What makes it so special is the presence of Oscar Mulero in the line up, as well as UK don Dax J, which guarantees for a real techno journey. You might want to actually have another ADE week after this.
Klockworks ADE Presented by LET at H7 Warehouse
Ben Klock is the king of closing techno marathons, only the most serious and dedicated fans can handle. To do this again and with a bang, he has invited some of the best Klockworks label mates such as Etapp Kyle, DVS1 and the former Trouw resident JP Enfant. Having those guys closing ADE is an unmissable opportunity, drawing close comparisons to Berlin's Berghain.
20 Years Cocoon at ADE, Stadspodium
In 2016 we have the honor of celebrating not one but two iconic birthdays, without which the electronic music scene would have not been the same. The German legend, Papa Sven Vath created his label Cocoon 20 years ago, which gave us tons of great music, amazing artists and experiences around the world. Happy Birthday Cocoon, and to the next 20! This special event will be brought to you by the man himself Sven, and Extrawelt, Nastia, FUNCTION and Guy Gerber alongside.
No matter what you choose and where you go, we are confident that you are going to have a great time. Whether it be getting lost in the canals, or starting your morning right with a classic Dutch pancake breakfast, enjoy the new up coming talents that continue to develop our scene with more creativity, fresh ideas and stronger passions than ever before. We hope that you will enjoy your favorite artists across one memorable week.