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 the ADE Essentials (listed alphabetically).

Circoloco | Mediahaven | Tickets

In the centre of Amsterdam located in the Houthaven lays Mediahaven. The stunning location made its debut in Amsterdam’s nightlife last year during ADE 2014 and this year is poised to be an ADE hotspot. This time, bringing the hedonistic DC10 Circoloco to the venue. Featuring Seth Troxler, Apollonia, The Martinez Brothers, and more. Really, what else do we need to say…


DGTL w/ Kompakt | Scheepsbouwloods | Tickets

For this closing of our DGTL ADE adventure, Kompakt will put some of their greatest in the DJ booth, like Barcelona-based Maceo Plex, mad hatter Kölsch, label boss Michael Mayer himself, Barnt, Hunter/Game (live), Weval (live), Coma (live), Patrice Baumel and Fango; a careful curated list of artists that will turn the Scheepsbouwloods into a digital concert hall.


Hivern Discs | De Marktkantine | Tickets

One of the industry’s most respect labels, Barcelona’s Hivern Discs, brings their impressive roster to De Marktkantine with Jon Talabot, Roman Flügel, Pional (dj), Red Axes, Marvin & Guy, JMII (live), Daniel Baughman.


Awakenings pres. Joris Voorn & Friends | Gashouder | Tickets

Awakenings is back at ADE with a quite spectacular line-up. The Gashouder at the Westergas terrain has been part of ADE since 2012 and has its place within the Dutch techno history, hence it is definitely worth a visit. On this night, Rejected head honcho Joris Voorn invites AgoriaGreen VelvetHenrik SchwarzHot Since 82 and Joran van Pol.


Audio Obscura pres. Life & Death | Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ | Tickets

Audio Obscura teams up again with Life & Death during this years ADE. After showcases in cities including London, Miami, Berlin, Tulum, Barcelona, Reykjavík, Paris and a residency at DC-10 in Ibiza, Life and Death returns to the magical Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ on 17 October for this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event. Holland’s most important stage for contemporary music with its magnificent view over the waters around Amsterdam will welcome the label’s key artists like DJ Tennis, Tale of Us, and Recondite as well as two very special guests.


NGHTDVSN ADE Special | Het Sieraad & Sugar Factory | Tickets (Het Sieraad) Tickets (Sugar Factory)

After 3 sold out editions NGHTDVSN is back for their annual ADE Special. For their debut event at Het Sieraad they will be bringing a selection of local heroes and international electronic powerhouses, while at Sugar Factory they invite the Systematic Recordings crew.


Rush Hour X L.I.E.S. x Banlieue | RADION | Tickets

Rush Hour is teaming up with L.I.E.S. Records and Banlieue for one hell of a special night. With only 200 tickets now available at the door, only the most committed will be lucky enough for this one. With a lineup featuring Ron Trent, I-F, Hunee, Ron Morelli, and more, Radion is surely the place to be for cutting edge house music.


Straf_Werk | De Overkrant | Tickets

STRAF_WERK is all about the deeper sounds of house music. Looking back at an unforgettable night in 2014, STRAF_WERK returns to the industrial shipyard: “De Overkant” for a special one. Featuring the likes of Skream b2b Route94, KiNK (live), Waze & Odyssey, Tom Trago b2b Cinnaman (and more), the best sound system and spectacular light show, this promises to be a very magical night.


Verknipt ADE Special – Avotre & Our Rhythm / Moda Black / Future | Amsterdam Studio’s | Tickets

Verknipt scales up and will bring you Avotre, Moda Black and Our Rhythm together on October 17th for a House, techno and tech-house special spread over 3 warehouses at the Amsterdam Studios.


ZeeZout ADE – Disco Demolition | Undercurrent | Tickets

After 2 sold-outs years in a row ZeeZout is back at ADE, this time hosting a 4-day extravaganza. With quality line-up’s, an intimate venue and a big soundsystem throughout, Saturday’s Disco Demolition special featuring a b2b set between Move D & Gerd Janson, as well as Young Marco, Andy Hart, and Halve Soul.


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