The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is both a music conference and festival and is widely recognised as the global meeting point for the creative industry around electronic music. ADE consists of a daytime conference and arts & culture program as well as a nighttime festival, with more than 1000 events in nearly 200 locations. For five days and nights, the city of Amsterdam breathes electronic music.
ADE festival showcases a broad range of electronic music artists, from pioneers to upcoming talent. It is unique in its kind, with almost 140 participating venues including clubs, smaller and cosy venues, concert halls and stadiums, but also more ‘one-off’ locations such as museums or even Amsterdam Central Station.
The first confirmed artists and events have already been announced
Alongside their appearances at ADE Pro, Suzanne Ciani will also be showcasing her prowess live on the Melkweg stage in a one-off collaboration concert with Metropole Orkest, and Youssou N’Dour brings his band Super Étoile De Dakar for a live performance at Concertgebouw.
Moreover, Melkweg is set to host a week-long program, with Dave Clarke Presents, Hospitality, Monstercat Showcase, Oliver Heldens and other shows and club nights. Paradiso presents French producer CloZee, the return of Speedy J’s STOOR and Cloud 8 x Ziongate’s Tribes club night introduced last year, plus Gyedu-Blay Ambolley & his Sekondi band on the Tolhuistuin stage. DGTL announces live performances by Ben Bohmer and Worakls Orchestra, Alan Walker takes the stage at AFAS Live, and Into the Woods and Dockyard x Mystic Garden return with multi-day events. The first individual event tickets are now available over at the program.
The ADE Pro conference is set to make its long-awaited return to our iconic home base Felix Meritis this year, with a dedicated program running from Wednesday through till Friday featuring the core ADE Pro conference alongside a host of specialist sessions and other tracks.
As the ultimate business and inspiration gathering for the global electronic music industry, ADE Pro welcomes professionals from over 150 countries. ADE Pro features dedicated programming at the absolute forefront of our industry, with a number of focus tracks that serve electronic music’s entire value chain – from creation to consumer. These range from the music business with strategies and inside knowledge for music professionals, to the future of the music scene with industry-changing innovations and developments and everything that the startup scene has to offer for electronic music, through to the topics such as sustainability, social change, (mental) health and rising scenes from around the world.
A number of speakers for this year’s conference have already been revealed, including the genre-defying Diplo, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, synth pioneer Suzanne Giani, African legend Youssou N’ Dour, with many more to be announced very soon.
Electronic music is an ever-expanding movement, ranging from explosive energy on the dance floor to ultimate serenity and a sense of belonging. It can be both uplifting and empowering, or comforting and intimate.
ADE Arts & Culture explores the edges and new frontiers of electronic music and visual arts, with Tamara Shogaolu’s transformation of the Westerkerk church into an oasis of tranquility, a journey through light and sound by Nick Verstand at Carré Theatre, alongside artist residencies in NXT Museum and Villa Buitenlust and much more.
Amsterdam Dance Event takes over both large and small music venues, as well as cafes, art galleries, cinemas, and clothing shops all over Amsterdam, Netherlands.