ADE on a budget? The best free events of Amsterdam Dance Event

We all know the feeling. You wait one year for that big party, but when time comes, you just can’t afford it. This is particualrly true for Amsterdam Dance Event, as almost 400.000 people will come to the Dutch capital everything is already very expensive, from accommodation to travel and so on.

However, it does not mean you cannot have fun on a budget. With more than 500 events in 5 days, there is plenty of space for you to find some cheap ones, without compromising on quality of course.

Here Clubber Confession comes to rescue. We have selected just for you the best free events at ADE 2017!

Rush Hour ADE ’17 – Instores

What: Rush Hour is one of the most respected label in the Netherlands and in Europe. What started as an experimental music shop for obscure house and techno records from around the world, turned later into a label with the first record released just before the end of the millennium. In their beautiful space in central Amsterdam, guest dj’s from all over the world will be spinning records in an informal setting. You will also find plenty of great records to dig in and many music lovers.

When: from Wednesday untill Sunday, 1900h/2200h

Where: Rush Hour Store Spuistraat 116, 1012VA Amsterdam, Netherlands

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ADE 2017 InDeep’n’Dance

What: you can expect 5 days of techno in all its nuances in the small, but cozy, InDeep’n’Dance Records shop, just a few minutes walk from the central station. Partners, labels and collectives from Germany, Spain, Italy, Serbia and more will take control of the decks. Some meeting with A&R will also give you the opportunity to propose your own music, you never know what might happen in Amsterdam…

When: from Wednesday untill Sunday, different timing

Where: InDeep’n’Dance Records, Rozengracht 60, 1016nd Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Zwart Goud In-Store Festival

What: one of the record store you should not miss while hunting for good music in Amsterdam, this is also home of one of the best in-store-free festival during ADE. Names like Ellen Allien or Modeselektor, Marco Faraone and Philogresz will be playing in a very intimate location for a small group of lucky ravers. Expect a long que if you arrive late, so just don’t!

When: from Wednesday untill Saturday, 2030h/2300h

Where: Zwart Goud Geldersekade 89 s, 1011 EL Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Kompakt Pop Up Store Amsterdam

What: the free parties by Kompakt are one of the best tradition of my personal ADE experience, every year you find good music, smiling people, nice records and gadgets and (sometimes) free beers. What else do you need? Just to collect your wristband in advance because capacity is very limited.

When: Thursday-Friday-Saturday, 2030h/2300h

Where: Oz, Oudezijds Achterburgwal 66, 1012 DP Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Urbanears Hideout at Amsterdam Dance Event 2017

What: this is not just a free party, but talks, debates, record store, and a Swedish coffe&pastries tradition called “fika”. It can get better only by having it in the Amsterdam’s Rokin at the The View, with a 360° view of the city.

When: Thursday-Friday-Saturday, different timings

Where: The Amsterdam View Rokin 75, 1012 KL Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Drumcode / ADE Pop-Up Shop

What: this is a pretty interesting collaboration. While Drumcode needs no introduction, choosing Mary Go Wild (MGW) as partner was the icing on the cake. MGW is a precious book about the history of dance music and club culture in the Netherlands, from the summer of 1988 until its publication in 2013. The success of the book pushed the project to become an open store and a book publishing agency. The free parties will be in the basement, with free drinks and special Drumcode t-shirts. Names will be announced one hour before the sets.

When: Thursday-Friday-Saturday, different timings

Where: MARY GO WILD Shop Zeedijk 44, 1012 BA Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Smash Selections x Eekoethee ADE Special

What: in the informal setting of the Generator Hostel, a nice daily party to get you back on your feet from the crazy night before. Only at ADE you can have Joss Moog and all the others digging into their hidden housey and funky arsenal for free. Join early and you won’t regret it.

When: Friday, 1300h/1900h

Where: Generator Amsterdam Mauritskade 57, 1092AD Amsterdam, Netherlandsv

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ADE 2017: Café d’Anvers Records Showcase

What: if you have been in Belgium, but not yet raved at Café d’Anvers, you miss something. One of the most iconic Belgian club arrives for the first time at ADE, taking the chance also to celebrate their debut as record label. The party will be at the beautiful Kimpton De Witt hotel, in the heart of Amsterdam’s old city centre.

When: Friday, 1800h/0200h

Where: Kimpton De Witt, Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 5, 1012RC Amsterdam, Netherlands

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So what are you waiting for? No excuses now… get up and rave at ADE 2017!