Amsterdam Dance Event: the world in one city

Brace yourself for five days of music, conferences, events, playgrounds, interviews, and anything else related to electronic music. The 21st edition of Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) will run from the 19th until the 23rd of October and more than 400.000 people are expected to take part to this year’s edition as the world of electronic music will fill the streets of the city. Useless to name artists or relevant people in the industry included in the programme, as it would be a practically endless list (you should check the website for the Conference Programme and the Festival and Playground or download the very handy app).

In the last couple of decades, this event has grown consistently. What started as a small scale event with a few hundreds of participants, it is now the biggest and most influential conference in the world. Following the well-known Dutch tradition in electronic music culture, this success has been built without losing its essence: focusing on high quality music. Of course, this kind of events have been growing lately also thanks to the massive boom associated with EDM all over the world, but there are many ways of embracing this evolution. ADE has been able to include this new EDM wave into the tracks of a solid underground culture, where everyone can feel at home and just enjoy an experience of inclusiveness.

For those of you who never attended ADE, take it as a Disneyworld for electronic music fanatics. The streets of the city are filled with people looking around for improvised dj set, free shows in the basement of traditional Dutch houses right in the middle of the red light districts, labels presenting their new releases in interior design showrooms, playgrounds to  try new equipment and tools for mixing and producing. But also conferences for musicians and for businesses, debating the future of the scene and remembering what took us where we are today. It is not just a festival, we are talking about a full week of complete absorption into the electronic music world.

Of course, there will be some time to party as well. Some? Well.. 450 events, 2.200 artists in more than 140 different venues for a festival programme that will cover 5 days 24 hours a day. From big venues like Gashouder, to small and intimate events in abandoned churches, from the Rijksmuseum, to historical clubs like Melkweg and Paradiso.

And all of this, where else if not in Amsterdam?

If you cannot be there, you can follow the numerous streams on the official website and via Radio FM3. Or, you can wait our reports and reviews.. Clubber Confession will be there, and we cannot wait!!!