Amsterdam Dance Event is Europe's biggest annual gathering of electronic music fans and industry heads. Across four days, numerous venues around the Dutch city host club nights, showcases, panels and exhibitions. Ahead of this year's event – taking place from Wednesday 17th-Sunday 21st October – we break down the parties you can’t afford to miss...
WEDNESDAY 17TH OCTOBER
DJ STINGRAY INVITES
Head down to NDSM Pier 1 to catch our October coverstar, the legendary DJ Stingray, spinning cutting-edge electro alongside Japan’s DJ Nobu, rising Russian Inga Mauer and SPFDJ. Curated by Stingray himself, trust this one to be massive.
The ever-impressive, never-pigeon-holed Róisín Murphy headlines the first day of ADE live, with West Coast master Dâm-Funk, North London lyricist Amy Lou and the undefinable LYZZA all bringing experimental sounds to this showcase of live-performing talent.
THURSDAY 18TH OCTOBER
No trip to Amsterdam would be complete without a visit to Antal’s renowned record store, Rush Hour. The shop is a haven for crate-diggers searching for something a little different to spice up their sets. So what could be more ADE-appropriate than catching the RH label artists — Hunee, Soichi Terada b2b Kuniyuki b2b Sauce81 and Young Marco — together with the bossman in a basement in Amsterdam-Noord?
Drum & bass is relatively hard to come by at ADE. But this year's key outpost comes courtesy of the Hospital Records crew who invite Camo & Krooked, S.P.Y, Etherwood, London Elektricity, Whiney, Bop, Lakeway, Inja, Danny Byrd and more to Paradiso.
FRIDAY 19TH OCTOBER
@ STADSPODIUM AMSTERDAM
The masked magician, Claptone, headlines Defected’s ADE blow-out, backed by the hottest house beats from Sam Divine, Amine Edge & DANCE, Todd Terry, Low Steppa, the Mambo Brothers and Danny Howard.
@ HET SIERAAD
The Amsterdamse School design of the Het Sieraad building is impressive, but raving to Mano Le Tough, The Drifter, Jennifer Cardini, Tijana T, Baikal and more under its glass roof is sure to be unforgettable.
SATURDAY 20TH OCTOBER
TOP 100 DJS AT AMF FESTIVAL
@ JOHAN CRUIJFF ARENA
Who will be crowned the World’s No.1 DJ? How will the poll have shifted from last year? Our mega event hits the cavernous Johan Cruijff Arena (formerly Amsterdam Arena) for a massive night of stadium-sized big-hitters, including David Guetta b2b Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Axwell & Ingrosso, KSHMR, and Lost Frequencies, in addition to the Top 100 DJs Awards Ceremony.
NINA KRAVIZ PRESENTS TРИП AT THE PRISON
@ DE BIJLMER BAJES
Following the release of the superb ‘Don’t Mess With Cupid’ compilation, Nina Kraviz brings her genre-defying трип label to a decommissioned prison in Amsterdam. Expect gritty beats in even grittier surrounds.
SUNDAY 21ST OCTOBER
@ DE SCHOOL
Rounding off a huge weekend at De School, it’s another double offering. During the day, Marcel Dettmann, Eris Drew, Job Jobse, Identified Patient, Job Sifre and Sandrien bring the heat. Then throughout the night, Leif, Nur Jaber, Upsammy and more keep the party alive until dawn.
CUTTIN’ HEADZ & FUSE LONDON
@ WAREHOUSE ELEMENTENSTRAAT
The Martinez Brothers take on the Warehouse with a five-hour closing set, plus tINI, Guti live and more. Meanwhile, Enzo Siragusa and Archie Hamilton, Rossko, Seb Zito and Rich NxT hold court in the club.
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