Photo by Timo Steenvoorden
On the week of its re-opening at last year’s Amsterdam Dance Event, the historic venue on the Jan van Galenstraat, De Marktkantine, hosted label showcases from Suol, Pampa Records, Stil vor Talent, and Katermukke. The three-night christening led to De Marktkantine’s full incorporation into Amsterdam’s nightlife once again, after more than a decade of turmoil and change of ownership.
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However this year’s ADE could be marked as the one where De Marktkantine, which also boasts a restaurant, radio station, and day-time cultural events, will be at the centre of attention among 2015’s overload of ADE events (400+) by hosting five label nights with some of the most highly regarded niche imprints of the moment, including, Maeve and Hivern Discs, together with safe choices hailing from Berlin in the form of Innervisions, Stil Vor Talent and Exploited.
On Wednesday October 14 the show will start with a double showcase by Stil Vor Talent & Exploited, hosted by Pleinvrees. Next to the usual suspects such as SvT’s label head Oliver Koletzki, Claptone, Joyce Muniz and Shir Khan, this Berlin-themed night will also feature budding talent like Exploited’s enigmatic six-member strong act Sirens Of Lesbos.
Day two is probably the most popular of the five events, as Innervisions will be taking along its key members Dixon, Âme (DJ-set + Live – right after Frank Wiedemann is done playing as Howling in Paradiso earlier that night) and Solar to Amsterdam for a night of sheer ecstasy.
The musical pace and bpm will be taken up a notch the next day when techno distributors PolarGroup, Wolfskull Records and Modularz are joining forces, with the likes of Oscar Mulero, Tripeo and Exium on duty.
See also: Interview with Roman Flügel
Saturday, the music will take a turn for the mysterious when uncompromisingly self-willed Barcelona label Hivern Discs is taking over. Stars of the evening are of course John Talabot and Roman Flügel (interview), but you would be mad to miss out on the sets of the immensely talented Marvin & Guy, Red Axes or JMII.
The final day, the Maeve showcase hosted by Next Monday’s Hangover (how appropriate on a Sunday) will promise a night of emphasis on melody and emotion under the guidance of Dublin-based Maeve (run by Mano Le Tough, Baikal & The Drifter) and SoHaSo (the young but hugely influential imprint set up by Trouw resident Nuno Dos Santos). After four days of partying during the 20th edition of ADE, this will be a go-to-place for those who are looking to unwind, but who are nowhere near ready for their beds. One of the highlights here must be the b2b between Jennifer Cardini and Job Jobse at the SoHaSo stage, surely a match made in heaven.
With this ADE program, De Marktkantine, which – like many other newcomers in Amsterdam’s club scene – is still in search for a more distinct nightlife profile, are sending out a clear message. And one that could be picked up very positively.