Amsterdam Dance Event returns this year.
Running from 19th October through the 23rd, the city-wide industry event will host hundreds of international and local artists.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary last year, the event is striking strong again this year with 2022 marking the first time since 2019 that a full-fledged ADE will take place. While 2020 happened online due to the pandemic, 2021 saw a smaller iteration of the live festival portion of ADE took place, but only during daylight hours due to COVID protocols implemented by the Dutch government at that time.
And there's a lot to look forward to in this new edition.
For those unfamiliar, Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE for short), is a massive electronic music festival and conference that takes over the Dutch capital every October and considered the most upfront, influential and educational gathering for electronic music and its industry. For five days and nights every year, Amsterdam comes alive with the sounds of dance music.
On the live music side of things, the festival showcases all genres and sub-genres of electronic music, with over 2,500 artists performing in 140 of Amsterdam's finest music and nightlife spaces featuring everything from intimate basement club nights to stadium shows.
The conference side is a similarly wide-ranging affair, with expert panel discussions, lectures, industry events, tech showcases, and more aimed at maintaining the health of all aspects of the scene, making it the ultimate business and inspiration platform for the global electronic music industry, with dedicated programming for music professionals, aspiring DJs/producers and musicians, tech start-ups, brand- and marketing managers and much more: a solid foundation for future generations of electronic music professionals.
Each edition sees Amsterdam Dance Event welcoming over 400,000 artists, professionals, and music lovers to the city to partake in over 1,000 events across more than 200 venues.
Permeated by some of the country's and also the continent's most renowned promoters, such as Awakenings, DGTL and STRAF_WERK, the festival has become a haven for electronic music fans eager to experience the very forefront of the genre.
This year will feature a legion of global acts, including The Blessed Madonna, ARTBAT, Tiësto, GoldFish, Martin Garrix, Diplo, Vitalic, Fatima Hajji, Claptone, Markus Schulz, Nicky Romero, Alan Walker, CloZee, Jayda G, Oliver Heldens, Ellen Allien, Armin van Buuren, Afrojack, Jamie Jones, Logic1000, Nils Frahm and Seth Troxler to name a few.
For Techno lovers, the Awekenings line-up can count on curated all-nighters by selected friends of the brand such as Adam Beyer Presents Drumcode at the iconic Gashouder, Charlotte de Witte Presents KNTXT at Ziggo Dome, daytime gatherings at Exhale with Amelie Lens, alongside artists as Cera Khin, Héctor Oaks, and Vladimir Dubyshkin amping up the BPM-count on the Awakenings ADE Opening Night.
DGTL on its side will welcome live acts like Ben Böhmer and Worakls Orchestra to NDSM Warehouse, next to pacesetters such as Dax J, Floating Points, Fatima Yamaha, KI/KI, The Blessed Madonna and Derrick Carter.
As for STRAF_WERK they present this year three groovesome events with three hand-picked acts at De Kromhouthal. Honey Dijon will be there with Back 2 Black, inviting the likes of Kerri Chandler, Suze Ijó, and more. CAMELPHAT with friends including Henrik Schwarz (live) and Layla Benitez. And for some solid daytime boogie, SW and Folamour present 4MYPPL featuring Barbara Boeing, Danilo Plessow [MCDE] among others.
Loveland is also back this year with six events featuring Maceo Plex, Ben Klock, Camea, Jennifer Cardini, Patrice Baumel, Sandrien and others, while Tomorrowland brings Eric Prydz’ acclaimed HOLO show to the Ziggo Dome, and this one is definitely on our list. Guaranteed to bring you hits and astonishing visuals, HOLO reality-transcending live show blends Prydz’ remarkable sets with immersive 3D projections and light plays. Eric Prydz will be performing HOLO for the first time at ADE on October 20th, which will also be the last occasion to catch the show in Europe this year.
Breakfast Club, Secret Project Festival, Circoloco, Elrow are also amongst the fantastic promoters and event makers adding to the party this year. Along with Spinnin’, Defected, Anjunadeep, Glitterbox, InDeep’n’Dance Records, Days Like Nights, Monstercat, KEINEMUSIK, STMPD RCRDS and many more music label bringing their sounds to the festivities with showcases and meet & greet.
Definitely one not to be missed, ADE promised to be another unforgettable event this year again.
For more info and the full program check out the ADE website.
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