Words: Domenico Frascino
If you walk around the streets of Amsterdam during the week of 15-20 October, you will notice an unusual excitement in people’s eyes. It is the time of the year in which the Amsterdam Dance Event (aka ADE) is happening all over the city.
Hundreds of locations marked by the distinctive yellow and black logo are hosting, by day, a wide range of conferences, exhibitions, films and masterclasses around the latest developments in electronic sound.
At night, the shift focuses towards dancing, with hundreds of different events being hosted, showcasing genres such as techno, electronica, house, trance, EDM and much more.
This is a unique, city-wide opportunity for hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world to gather in the dutch capital to learn, explore and dance! An all inclusive music gathering of the finest order.
Obviously, The Partae team couldn’t miss this opportunity, so we partnered up with some of the hottest festivals and parties to give you the ultimate ADE experience.
Here is a list of events you really shouldn’t miss.
Party in the station? Why not! Audio Obscura is well known for its exclusive parties in Amsterdam’s most unusual and bizarre locations. This year’s ADE features a pleora of events ranging from the underground tunnels of Amsterdam’s Central Station, to above the canal’s waters of Muziekgebow, culminating on the rooftop of Amsterdam Tower.
We handpick for you Thursday’s party at Muziekgebouw featuring Dutch legend Joris Voorn b2b Kolsch, Hot Since 82, Karotte and Anja Schneider to get the weekend starting in the right way
If you are looking for the proper clubbing vibes, don’t miss out on VBX. Ricardo Villalobos and his crew will entertain the crowd in 4 of the hottest location in Amsterdam. Just choose your favourite atmosphere to dance between the garden of BRET, the performance art theater Lofi, the industrial setting of Warehouse Elementenstraat or the sailing ship Veronicaschip.
With its worldwide presence and its focus on art and sustainability, DGTL is among the most loved festivals of this ADE. This year ADE edition presents 4 parties with artists like the Berlin favorite duo Ben Klock and Marcel Dettmann, Jeff Mills, The Black Madonna, Ame, and Bonobo’s ultimate party concept “Outlier”
We’ll lace up our party shoes on Friday’s event for the live performances of Orbital and Floating Points, and the non-stop dancing vibes of Ame, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Job Jobse and Antal
Dockyard + Mystic Garden Festival
Two of the giants among Dutch festivals joined forces for the Amsterdam Dance Event, so get ready for a double trouble! The same terrain will be divided for a total of 8 stages and 12 hours of the purest musical experience. On one side, the raw and energetic techno vibes of Dockyard featuring Charlotte de Witte, DVS1, Len Faki, Paco Osuna, Ben Sims among others. On the other side, the magic and dreamy melodies of Mystic Garden hosting Mind Against, Recondite, Secret Cinema b2b Egbert and Monika Kruse and many more.
With Awakenings you can never go wrong. This year ADE special accounts to 124 hours (yes, you read well: one-hundred-twenty-four!) of parties with over 85 international artists in two of the biggest indoor festival locations: Gashouder and Warehouse Elementenstraat.
We will turn the spotlight on the Maceo Plex party Lone Romantic on Saturday.
Sound-Fleet Boat Party Series
What would be a week in Amsterdam without a boat experience? Sound-Fleet organizes a series of 6 parties on its infamous boat on the IJ river. Then get ready on your best sailor outfit and join the party cruise!