Review: Amsterdam Dance Event 2018

Beautiful, sloping architecture, cosy bars and canal-lined streets are all central to Amsterdam’s enduring appeal. But once the sun goes down, the city comes into its own. Thanks to a progressive approach to nightlife, some of Amsterdam’s best venues have 24-hour licenses, making it one of Europe’s key spots for round-the-clock clubbing. It’s also home to some of the most important dates in the electronic music calendar, including Dekmantel Festival and annual industry gathering Amsterdam Dance Event – a five-day electronic music conference and festival held annually in mid-October. It is now the largest club festival of its kind in the world.

With over 100 nationalities, 2,500 artists, 600 speakers, 1000+ events in the heart of Amsterdam, we all gather in unison to celebrate dance music. The Amsterdam Dance Event never fails to bring in the crowds with world-famous established names on the line-up alongside an enormous list of rising stars. The playlist is always suitably diverse, featuring electro, acid, techno, trance, house, hip-hop, drum ‘n’ bass and other beat-filled sounds to make you move. With a huge number of events and parties taking place, this annual festival sees more than 140 locations across the city providing 5 days of guaranteed partying for in the region of 395,000 clubbers.

Not just a festival, each year, the Amsterdam Dance Event presents the ADE conference, with various streams and sessions covering every aspect of the music industry – perfect if you’re an aspiring musician, DJ or promoter looking to grow their skillset and understand the qualities needed within the business. The conference provides a platform for critical dialogue and debate while allowing delegates the chance to network, exchange expertise and keep on top of all the latest developments in the electronic music field.

Now let’s get to the fun part, the incredible choice of events… with a calendar of 1000+ events to choose from it was a gruelling task narrowing down our schedule for the week however, we got it planned and there some events that we couldn’t miss for the world!

Thursday, we attended Awakenings X Drumcode at the monumental Gashouder. Awakenings is no stranger to the icon Dutch venue, and teaming up with Drumcode created a star stellar line up! Swedish techno artist Adam Beyer weighs in with a peak time techno workout and drops his collab with Bart Skils ‘Your Mind’ which reverberated around the 360-degree venue.

Friday, we were spoiled with a MEGA line up at DGTL x Paradise which has been a match made in heaven for years now. This year, Paradise’s headmaster Jamie Jones returned to the industrial Scheepsbouwloods and what a show he brought alongside some of his special friends! Guests included Detlef b2b Latmun, Maya Jane Coles, Darius Syrossian and Richey Ahmed.

Saturday saw Circoloco takeover Mediahaven alongside Loveland to celebrate ADE together! Seth Troxler provided a phenonemonal set, and rolling groovy beats supplied by none other than William DJOKO.

Sunday, we were in for a treat as we attended elrow Chinese Row Year! This date was added in response the first date selling out in a matter of minutes. elrow lived up to their name and supplied out of this world vibes and with unbeatable production. Patrick Topping’s set was flawless… As he dropped his No.1 chart topper ‘Be Sharp Say Nowt’ the reaction from the crowd was mesmerising and the vibes as we all sung together in unison was amazing.

Lastly moving onto the night of the last day, The Martinez Brothers bring the sounds of their Cuttin’ Headz label to Warehouse Elementenstraat, alongside the FUSE London crew. The Martinez Brothers played an outstanding 5 hour set which they were joined by Marco Carola who together their sounds worked perfectly.

ADE is an event we cannot miss year on year… with the biggest brands and artists across the world all coming together in one capital city is the most amazing experience. The networking hub is perfect for those wanting to become more established in the industry of if you’re going there simply to party then you are guaranteed to find an event for you!

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