As Amsterdam’s sprawling (and over-crowded) festival season is far from over, many Facebook timelines are already devoted to the, literally, hundreds of events that are expected during this year’s 20th anniversary of Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE).

The tone is set for this highly anticipated week in October where Amsterdam’s historic city centre will serve as the playground for dance lovers, DJs, club owners, bookers, promoters, manufacturers from the electronic music industry and many other influentials.

The amount of events is staggering with some 400+ performances alone, let alone a week worth of workshops, film screenings, tutorials, technology showcases, and much more. As we sift through the massive affair, we will highlight some of the events we most look forward to. By breaking down each day hopefully we can provide an easy to digest look at ADE’s premiere events. Here are our ADE Essentials for Thursday October 15.

De Marktkantine x Innervisions | De Marktkantine | Tickets

De Marktkantine will be at the forefront of ADE this year with a range of high-profile events, the first of which will be Wednesday’s Stil Vor Talent x Exploited Showcase. On Thursday impeccable Berlin imprint Innervisions will be curating the night at De Marktkantine, which is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its re-opening during ADE. Artists? Dixon, Ame & Solar – need we say more?


DGTL Presents Maya Jane Coles | NDSM-Docklands, Scheepsbouwloods | Tickets 

The undisputed queen of the UK house sound is welcomed in Amsterdam during the kick-off of DGTL’s ADE event trilogy. Maya’s knack for giving the word ‘deep’ new meaning made her one of the leading figures in the new direction that underground house music took some years ago. For her special night at DGTL ADE, Maya has invited close friends and colleagues to sweep you of your feet, including Dusky, Mount Kimbie (DJ set), Heidi, Cinnaman and special guest Bonobo.


Diynamic Showcase | Mediahaven | Tickets

Diynamic returns to Amsterdam for its annual showcase at the Amsterdam Dance Event, bringing along some of their finest, like Kollektiv Turmstrasse, label boss Solomun, Adriatique, H.O.S.H., Stimming, Karmon and many more.


Ninja Tune (25 year anniversary) | Melkweg | Tickets

In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, Ninja Tune will showcase some of their lasting contributors at this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event. Taking place at Melkweg, the event acknowledges the past, present and future of the label with a stacked bill of some of its most acclaimed artists: Bonobo (DJ-set), George FitzGerald, Machinedrum, Leon Vynehall and Romare.


Dekmantel x Hessle Audio | Westergastheater & North Sea Jazz Club | Tickets TBA

Dekmantel returns to the Westergastheater and North Sea Jazz Club for two dazzling line-ups during this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event. With Ben UFO, Pearson Sound, Pangaea, Four Tet, Joy Orbison, Barnt, Palms Trax, MCDE and more.

HYTE X Second State | Elementenstraat | Tickets

HYTE returns to the renowned Warehouse Elementenstraat for ADE 2015. The industrial space will once again be transformed into an underground mecca with a lineup of house and techno luminaries over the four consecutive nights.

See also: Pan-Pot Interview

Berlin favourites Pan-Pot open the warehouse doors on Thursday night alongside French trio Apollonia (Shonky, Dan Ghenacia and Dyed Soundorom) and Guti (live), with techno imprint Second State hosting the second floor.


ZeeZout x Feel My Bicep | Undercurrent | Tickets

After 2 sold-outs years in a row ZeeZout is back. The Amsterdam outfit will be hosting a 4-day extravaganza during this year’s ADE. Expect quality line ups, an intimate venue and a big soundsystem – 1 floor only. This kick off will be co-curated by Feel My Bicep, sporting artists including Bicep, Midland, Antal, Optimo, Sandrien and Tijn Benedek.

Verknipt ADE Special | Amsterdam Studio’s | Tickets

Wildly successful Amsterdam promoters Verknipt have got some iconic events lined up during this year’s ADE. Starting with a monstrous collaboration with La Familia, Ants, Base and Meanwhile, the event organizer has lined up a surprising list of artists including Andrea Oliva, Andhim, Huxley, DJ Sneak, &ME and many more to be announced. So keep a close watch on this one..


The Magician Presents: Potion | Melkweg | Tickets

The Magician once again presents a finger-licking line up during his own night ‘Potion’ in the Melkweg. Earlier this year he already rocked the popular Amsterdam venue with topnotch house artists. During ADE he’s taking things to a new level, with Mike Mago, TCTS, Arches, Alex Adair and Full Crate x Mar. A line up that will send shivers down the spine of many house and deephouse lovers. The Magician himself will also showcase his skills of course, doing in the crowd with his unique disco and funk-filled sets.


Howling | Paradiso | Tickets

RY X and Frank Wiedemann (one half of Ame) make up Howling, the electronic live act that have scored the monster hit under the same name. For ADE the twosome will touch down for an intimate concert in Amsterdam’s legendary pop temple.


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