Tomorrowland continues its 15th anniversary at ADE with stacked Ziggo Dome lineup

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Tomorrowland continues its 15th anniversary at ADE with stacked Ziggo Dome lineupDimitri Vegas Like Mike Tomorrowland 2018 EP

2019 marks the 15th anniversary of world-renowned Tomorrowland Music Festival, and just because this year’s iteration of the fan-facing festival is over, doesn’t mean the celebration of the organization’s anniversary is. Tomorrowland is continuing the celebration with a two-day takeover of Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome during Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE). This is the Tomorrowland’s first time putting on a show at ADE, and on Oct. 17 and 18 there will be a two-day specially curated performance united by the theme: Our Story.

The event welcomes some of the biggest headliners from the festival’s history to the event, which includes Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Steve Aoki, and Tiësto, to name a few. The event will also feature the Metropole Orchestra, whose students performed renditions of electronic music classics at the July edition of Tomorrowland.

Our Story takes place over two days, and the Ziggo dome features a 17,000-person capacity stadium. For those looking to attend Tomorrowland’s continued celebration of its 15-year anniversary, tickets are available here.

Photo credit: @boythecollector/Instagram

Armin van Buuren launches ‘Balance’-themed escape room in Amsterdam ahead of album’s full release

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Armin van Buuren launches ‘Balance’-themed escape room in Amsterdam ahead of album’s full releaseArminvanBuuren MiamiDag4 BartHeemskerk 111 Socials

Armin van Buuren is set to release his first album since 2015 and seventh album overall titled Balance on Oct. 25. Ahead of the album’s full release and Amsterdam Dance Event, the producer is launching none other than a Balance-themed Escape Room to promote the album, as well as reveal the meaning behind the compilation.

Together with Armada Music and Sherlocked Mystery Experiences, fans will be able to participate in the experience with opportunities to not only unlock the hidden message of Balance, but also listen to songs from the album ahead of its full release. Posing as music journalists, they will need to gain access to a high-security vault complex in the heart of Amsterdam and solve numerous puzzles in order to discover what it takes to ensure success as an artist in the music industry today. 

Van Buuren speaks on the Escape Room in an official release, giving fans insight into what they can expect, as well as his hopes for the escape room.

“I’m a huge fan of escape rooms, so launching my own escape room in celebration of my new album Balance is something I’m very excited about. I can’t wait to hear what you guys think of the album and the game, and I hope you can fully lose yourselves in the story of Balance. And that you manage to get out unscathed of course!”

Balance Escape Room will run for two weeks only, starting on Wednesday, Oct. 16, the first day of ADE. Groups ranging from four to six people can play the escape room, and those looking to participate can book their spot here.

Photo credit: Bart Heemskerk

Navigating Amsterdam Dance Event: Where to get the week’s best house, techno, bass, and electronica

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Navigating Amsterdam Dance Event: Where to get the week’s best house, techno, bass, and electronicaAde

Words by Bella Bagshaw & Josh Stewart

The tick of the clock grows tantalizing as mid-October (16-20) draws nearer, and in turn, unearthing another chapter of Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE).

While ADE’s prodigious masthead may suggest something altogether singular, it is, in fact, massively multi-pronged. Since 1995, the music industry-geared celebration has been boasting conferences, workshops, and high-profile panels in tandem with its sprawling sonic agenda. In short, ADE tackles all things electronic music, from virtually every vantage point.

It’s easy to feel disoriented from the dizzying litany of dance music decadence on deck for ADE 2019, between the manifold menagerie of branded parties across the city—day and night—and the festival’s native events alike. No worries. Dancing Astronaut has it covered. We’re breaking it down nice and neat this year to help attendees find the best parties of the week.

Boris Brejcha x FCKNG SERIOUS [High Tech Minimal]
Wednesday at Warehouse Elementenstraat

Things get pretty fcking serious pretty fcking quick at ADE this year, as Boris Brejcha and company plan to smash through Warehouse Elementenstraat with their distinct brands of minimal and techno on Wednesday night. Theydream, Ann Clue, and Deniz Bul bring supporting sets for head honcho Brejcha, whose pristine and textured productions are currently sweeping dance music worldwide.

Tickets are sold out.

For a taste of Boris Brejcha’s nuanced techno sound, checkout “Gravity,” the lead single from his upcoming album.

Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927) w/ live electric score
[Experimental / Audio-visual]
Wednesday at Studio K

If you’re looking to lose the rave gear and check out something on the artsy side, check out Studio K on Wednesday night, where Tomer Baruch and Alex Brajković will be performing a live electronic score to Fritz Lang’s 1927 film Metropolis. Regarded by many as the very first sci-fi film, Metropolis explores the blurred lines between man and machine. Now, almost 100 years later, Baruch and Brajković reexamine those very themes as they employ the machines themselves to conduct the film’s score (or is it the machines who are employing them?).

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Richie Hawtin CLOSE & Modeselektor (live) [Techno / Live Electronica]
Wednesday at NDSM Warehouse

Richie Hawtin, Modeselektor, and SOPHIE are about as eclectic as a three-act lineup gets, but there’s an admitted artistic synergy amongst the triad. Universally accepted techno overlord Richie Hawtin will bring his idiosyncratic audiovisual CLOSE show to ADE, where he is set to explore the technological meeting point between man and machine all while throwing down one of the festival’s most furiously raging minimal techno sets at the festival. Modeselektor also returns to their roots as live performers in their latest Who Else album tour, with an opening set from SOPHIE, who’s expected to bring her cunning performance art along for the ride.

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Listen to Richie Hawtin’s latest release, “CLOSE COMBINED,” an amalgamation of sounds from live shows in London, Tokyo, and Glasgow.

The Rest is Noise X ADE: Tim Hecker + Caterina Barbieri
[Ambient / Experimental / Live]
Wednesday at Muziekgebouw aan t’ IJ

The Rest is Noise X ADE is an evening that explores live electronic music as an art form, recruiting the eminent talents of Tim Hecker and Caterina Barbieri for a standout sonic experience on Wednesday night. Hecker performs a live rendition of is recent work, Konoyo, which delves into the spiritual nature of traditional Japanese instruments and song structure, making for the perfect ambient adventure to open up ADE with. Barbieri should turn things up just a few notches, though, as her sequencing board and modular instrument prowess are both known to forge sets as hypnotic as they are energizing.

Tickets

Spinnin’ Sessions [Big Room]
Wednesday at Q-Factory

Spinnin’ has been a resounding force in the ADE domain—and electronic continuum at large— for years now. Organizers of the native Netherlands production powerhouse have lined up a multitude of their upper-echelon talent from across the house music spectrum. From big room-ready Bassjackers to Amsterdam’s syrupy club-floor connoisseur, Sam Feldt, Spinnin’ will be boasting a packed rotation on Wednesday at the Q-Factory. 

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G-Star RAW RAVE [Electro / Instrumental]
Thursday at Rijksmuseum

Beneath the Rijksmuseum’s immaculate bicycle passage on Thursday, G-Star RAW hosts RAW RAVE, the 30th-anniversary celebration of the denim company. With an all-embracing lineup—which includes German house hero and one half of the infamous, Skrillex-assisted Dog Blood duo, Boys Noize, Dutch alt-rock ensemble De Staat, and Amsterdam-housed DJ assassin, TITIA—this one checks all the boxes: a one-of-a-kind backdrop alongside an equally nuanced artist agenda. 

Registration for the free ticket raffle

Netsky & Friends [Bass]
Thursday at temp.

The multitalented Belgian bass purveyor, Netsky, will be accompanied by fellow heavy-handers, Fox Stevenson, NGHTMRE, Feed Me, and more this year at multifarious event housing, temp. in Amsterdam-Zuid. Bringing some of the very best international drum ‘n’ bass, pop, trap, dubstep, and hard house music, the Thursday evening affront plans for close-knit quarters accompanied by a high-voltage aural atmosphere.

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Filth On Acid Pres. Reinier Zonneveld [Techno]
Friday at De Marktkantine

If you’re coming from out of town, you owe it to yourself to check out the pulsating and vivacious techno of one of the Netherlands’ very finest, Reinier Zonneveld.  Known for productions that are as tantalizing as his live sets, Zonneveld plans to turn De Marktkantine into his personal studio on Friday night, allowing him to find synergy between his own tracks and improvisations over a marathon 12-hour performance.

Tickets are sold out.

STRAF_WERK X Kölsch Presents IPSO [Techno / House]
Friday at De Kromhouthal

Denmark’s Kölsch teams up with STRAF_WERK to bring his lucid and ethereal wave of melodic house to the warehouse styled De Kromhouthal. The IPSO label boss tops off an impressive 2019, one that includes showcase sets at Tomorrowland and Creamfields, with an extended four-hour set at this year’s ADE, supported by label mates Henrik Schwarz [live], Patrice Bäumel, and Nicky Elisabeth.

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For a sampling of Kölsch’s charming sound, checkout fabric presents Kölsch from earlier this year.

Defected [House]
Friday at World Fashion Centre

London’s Defected imprint will likely prove all but adeptly titled for its 2019 tenure at World Fashion Center. Gearing up for an ultra-potent 12-hour blowout—with the likes of Low Steppa, Gorgon City, Robosonic, and more in tow—Defected is bringing its heaviest hitters and some scintillating special guests to appease ADE-ers from Friday night until the break of Saturday’s dawn. Easily accessible via public transport, with an industrial aesthetic to boot, Defected is primed to set South Amsterdam ablaze at the festival’s midway point.

Tickets are sold out.

Paradise x Loveland [House/Techno]
Friday at Warehouse Houthavens

Among a number of Loveland’s scheduled stops en-route to ADE victory, the Paradise party at Warehouse Houthavens rests among the most enticing. Jamie Jones and a number of accomplished cohorts, Alan Fitzpatrick, wAFF, and more, are ready to bring the underground sounds of The White Isle (Ibiza) to Amsterdam on October 18. While landing at a new locale, Paradise plans to make good on its propensity for an intimate, up-close experience with some of the most in-demand names in the subtler house/tech realm.

Tickets are sold out.

Garrix Solo [Big Room]
Friday & Saturday at RAI Convention Center

Martin Garrix brings his globally renowned skills home to ADE, the Dutch superstar is set to play an all-nighter to end the week’s Friday showcases at the RAI convention center. Last year’s ADE performance saw the world’s No. 1 DJ debut his ANIMA live show. Expect Garrix to drop the hammer as he hopes to, “Make these shows the best ones yet.”

Friday’s show is 18+, but Garrix runs it back on Saturday for a five-hour all-ages set starting at 5 pm.

Tickets

Ritter Butzke x Multiversum [Live Electronic]
Saturday at The Church of Ruigoord

What better place to worship the sultry sounds of minimal and experimental acts like Christian Löffler, Dominik Eulberg, and Janus Rasmussen (of Kiasmos) than at a literal church? On Saturday night The Church of Ruigoord turns into the holy epicenter of dance music, with six live sets, including a rare performance from the iconic Booka Shade, Ritter Butzke x Multiversum is positioned to be one of ADE’s most intimate and spiritual events.

For a sampling of that evening’s sounds, checkout Christian Löffler’s Cercle set at a castle ruin in the south of France.

Tickets are sold out.

Kompakt Party [Deep House/Left-Field]
Saturday at De Marktkantine

Label co-owner Michael Mayer brings his Kompakt crew to ADE for a total showstopper of an event this year. Brazilian mastermind Gui Boratto’s live set alone puts this party near the top of the overwhelming pile of must-see shows at ADE, but back-to-back sets between Mayer and German electronic pioneer Roman Flügel as well as Pachanga Boys and Axel Boman truly make De Marktkantine the place to be on Saturday night.

Tickets

DGTL x Bonobo present Outlier [Electronica]
Saturday at NDSM Warehouse

Bonobo’s Outlier concept relies on finding distinctly different venues so that the performers can craft unique atmospheres that break the mold. This year at ADE the English-born musician has done just that, teaming up with DGTL to take over the shipbuilding warehouse-turned-neighborhood-art-haven in the NDSM Warehouse. Grab the free ferry from Central Station to NDSM on Saturday evening to experience not just Bonobo but an absolute all-star cast behind him, including Jon Hopkins, Catching Flies and The Black Madonna.

Listen to the latest in Bonobo’s ever-evolving nonchalant house sound.

Tickets

AMF [Trance / Big Room / Future House]
Saturday at Johan Cruijff Arena

To put the scope of ADE as a festival into perspective, some of the events held within it are festivals themselves. AMF is a big example; it’s a one-night indoor extravaganza at the Johan Cruijff Arena (capacity of 55,000) with a lineup that, on its own, justifies looking up flights to Amsterdam. The billing features crossover gods Armin van Buuren and Tiësto, as well as Don Diablo, David Guetta, and the icing on the cake, a back-to-back set between Timmy Trumpet and W&W, two of the hardest-hitting acts on the global EDM roster today. Thankfully AMF is on Saturday night, as it’s hard to imagine having any gas left in the tank the morning after.

Tickets

Dockyard Festival [House/Techno]
Saturday at Havenpark

A festival within a festival, Dockyard stands as a longtime fixture in Amsterdam’s all-things-electronic week. With six sprawling stages showcasing both veterans and new names in the house/techno terrain, Dockyard promises a memorable jaunt amid the ADE-goer’s 2019 journey. Havenpark’s waterfront will this year house Dubfire, Nastia, Eats Everything, Ellen Alien, and more on Saturday, October 19. 

Tickets are sold out.

ADE Hangover [Food trucks / Hammocks / Market]
Sunday at NDSM WERF

Visit NDSM Werf on Sunday afternoon to soothe your ADE Hangover with a waterside hammock and several servings of vlaamse frites. Cruise the pop-up market, grab a craft beer, or simply sweat out your ADE weekend woes in one of the event’s saunas or hot tubs as you come down from the tumultuous. Entrance is free, so feel free to drag your rave-worn, lifeless self (and friends!) to NDSM whenever you’re feeling capable.  Show up anytime from noon to 11 for a bit of post-ADE revitalization.

Entrance is free.

Guide to ADE 2019: where to get the best bass, house/tech, and electronica of the week

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Guide to ADE 2019: where to get the best bass, house/tech, and electronica of the weekAde

Words by Bella Bagshaw & Joshua Stewart

The tick of the clock grows tantalizing as mid-October (16-20) draws nearer, and in turn, unearthing another chapter of Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE).

While ADE’s prodigious masthead may suggest something altogether singular, it is, in fact, massively multi-pronged. Since 1995, the music industry-geared celebration has been boasting conferences, workshops, and high-profile panels in tandem with its sprawling sonic agenda. In short, ADE tackles all things electronic music, from virtually every vantage point.

It’s easy to feel disoriented from the dizzying litany of dance music decadence on deck for ADE 2019, between the manifold menagerie of branded parties across the city—day and night—and the festival’s native events alike. No worries. Dancing Astronaut has it covered. We’re breaking it down nice and neat this year to help attendees find the best parties of the week.

Garrix Solo (Fri Night) [Big Room]

Martin Garrix brings his globally renowned skills home to ADE, where he’s set to play an all-nighter Friday night at the RAI convention center. Last year’s ADE performance saw the world’s #1 DJ debut his ‘ANIMA’ live show, so expect Garrix to drop the hammer as he hopes to “make these shows the best ones yet!”

Friday’s show is 18+, but Garrix returns the day after for a five-hour all-ages set starting at 5pm.

Tickets

Ritter Butzke x Multiversum (Sat Night) [Live Electronic]

What better place to listen to the sultry sounds of minimal and experimental acts like Christian Löffler, Dominik Eulberg, and Janus Rasmussen (of Kiasmos), than at The Church of Ruigoord? With 6 live performances, including a rare set from the iconic Booka Shade, Ritter Butzke x Multiversum is positioned to be one of ADE’s most intimate and spiritual events.

For a sampling of that evening’s sounds, checkout Christian Löffler’s Cercle set at a castle ruin in the south of France.

Tickets: sold out

Kompakt Party – (Sat Night) [Deep House/Left-Field]

Label co-owner Michael Mayer brings his Kompakt crew to ADE for an total showstopper of an event this year. Brazilian mastermind Gui Boratto’s live set alone puts this party on the overwhelming pile of must-see shows at ADE, but b2b sets between Michael Mayer and German electronic pioneer Roman Flügel as well as The Pachanga Boys and Axel Boman truly make De Marktkantine the place to be on Saturday night.

Tickets

Fcking serious label party (Weds) [High Tech Minimal]

Things get pretty Fcking Serious pretty fcking quick at ADE this year, as Boris Brejcha and Co. plan to smash through Warehouse Elementenstraat with their distinct brands of minimal and techno on Wednesday night. Theydream, Ann Clue, and Deniz Bul bring supporting sets for head honcho Brejcha, whose pristine and textured productions are currently sweeping dance music worldwide.

Tickets: sold out

Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927) with live electric score (Weds) [Experimental]

If you’re looking to lose the rave gear and check out something on the artsy side, check out Studio K on Wednesday night, where Tomer Baruch and Alex Brajković will be performing a live electronic score to Fritz Lang’s 1927 film Metropolis. Regarded by many as the very first sci-fi film, Metropolis explored the blurred lines between man and machine. Now, almost 100 years later, Baruch and Brajković return to those very themes as they employ the machines to re-score the film (or are the machines employing them?)

ADE ticketholders only

DGTL x Bonobo present Outlier (Sat) [Electronica]

Bonobo’s Outlier concept relies on finding a unique venue with an atmosphere that allows the experience of a DJ set to break the mold. This year at ADE the English born musician has done just that, teaming up with DGTL to take over the shipbuilding warehouse turned neighborhood art haven in the NDSM Warehouse. Grab the free ferry from Central Station to NDSM on Saturday evening to experience not just Bonobo but an absolute all-star cast behind him, including Jon Hopkins, Catching Flies and The Black Madonna.

Tickets

AMF (Sat Night) [Trance/big room/future house]

To put the scope of ADE as a festival into perspective, some of the events held within it are more-or-less festivals themselves. AMF is a big example; it’s a one-night indoor extravaganza at the Johan Cruijff Arena (capacity of 55,000) with a lineup that, on its own, justifies looking up flights to Amsterdam. The billing features crossover gods Armin van Buuren and Tiësto, Don Diablo and David Guetta, just to name a few. The icing on the cake, however, is a b2b set between Timmy Trumpet and W&W, two of the hardest-hitting acts on the global EDM roster today. Thankfully AMF is on Saturday night, as it’s hard to imagine having any gas left in the tank come the morning after.

Tickets

ADE Hangover – NDSM WERF (Sunday)
Visit the NDSM-werf on Sunday afternoon to soothe your ADE Hangover. Cruise the pop-up market, grab a craft beer, or simply sweat out your woes of ADE weekend in one of the event’s saunas or hot tubs. Entrance is free, so feel free to drag your rave-worn, lifeless self (and friends!) to NDSM whenever you’re feeling capable.  Show up anytime from noon to 11 for a bit of post-ADE revitalization.

ADE ticketholders only

Ruiner Zonneveld @ De Marktkantine (Friday) [Techno]

If you’re coming from out of town, you owe it to yourself to check out the pulsating and vivacious techno of one of the Netherlands’ very finest, Reinier Zonneveld.  Known for productions that are as tantalizing as his live sets, Zonneveld plans to turn De Marktkantine into his personal studio on Friday night, allowing him to find synergy between his own tracks and improvisations over a marathon 12 hour set.

Tickets

STRAF_WERK X Kölsch Presents IPSO (Friday night) [Melodic House]

Denmark’s Kölsch teams up with STRAF-WERK to bring his lucid and ethereal wave of melodic house to the warehouse styled De Kromhouthal. The IPSO label boss tops off an impressive 2019, one that includes showcase sets at Tomorrowland and Creamfields, with an extended four-hour set at this year’s ADE, supported by label mates Henrik Schwarz [live], Patrice Bäumel, and Nicky Elisabeth.

For a sampling of Kölsch’s charming sound, checkout Fabric presents Kölsch from earlier this year.

Tickets

Richie Hawtin x Modeselektor x SOPHIE (WEDS) [Techno/Electro/SOPHO]

Richie Hawtin, Modeselektor, and SOPHIE are about as eclectic of a 3-act lineup as it gets, but there’s an admitted artistic synergy amongst the three. Universally accepted techno God Richie Hawtin brings his idiosyncratic audiovisual CLOSE show to ADE, where he explores the technological meeting point between man and machine all while throwing down one of the most furiously raging minimal techno sets at the festival. Modeselektor also returns to their roots as live performers in their latest “Who Else” album tour. SOPHIE will also bring her cunning performance art along for the ride.

Tickets

Rest is Noise x ADE presents Tim Hecker and Caterina Barbieri (Weds) [Ambient / Experimental]

The Rest is Noise X ADE is an evening that explores live electronic music as an art form, recruiting the eminent talents of Tim Hecker and Caterina Barbieri for a standout sonic experience on Wednesday night. Hecker performs a live rendition of is recent work, Konoyo, which delves into the spiritual nature of traditional Japanese instruments and song structure, making for the perfect ambient adventure to open up ADE with. Barbieri should turn things up just a few notches, though, as her sequencing board and modular instrument prowess are both known to forge sets as hypnotic as they are energizing.

Tickets

RAW RAVE (Thurs Night) [electronic/instrumental]

Beneath the Rijksmuseum’s immaculate bicycle passage, G-Star RAW will host RAW RAVE, Thursday, October 17. With an all-embracing lineup—which includes German hero and one half of the infamous, Skrillex-assisted Dog Blood duo, Boys Noize, Dutch alt-rock ensemble De Staat, and Amsterdam-housed DJ assassin, TITIA—this one checks all the boxes: a one-of-a kind backdrop alongside an equally nuanced artist agenda. 

Tickets

Spinnin Sessions (Weds Night) [Big Room]

Spinnin has been a resounding force in the ADE domain—and electronic continuum at large— for years now. Organizers of the native Netherlands production powerhouse have lined up a multitude of their upper-echelon talent from across the house music spectrum. From big room-ready Bassjackers to Amsterdam’s syrupy club-floor connoisseur, Sam Feldt, Spinnin will be boasting a packed rotation on Wednesday, October 16 at the Q-Factory. 

Tickets

Dockyard Festival (Sat) [House/Techno]

A festival within a festival, Dockyard stands as a longtime fixture in Amsterdam’s all-things-electronic week. With six sprawling stages showcasing both veterans and new names in the house/techno terrain, Dockyard promises a memorable jaunt amid the ADE-goer’s 2019 journey. Havenpark’s waterfront will this year house Dubfire, Nastia, Eats Everything, Ellen Alien, and more on Saturday, October 19. 

Tickets: sold out 

Defected (Fri Night) [House]

London’s Defected imprint will likely prove all but adeptly titled for its 2019 tenure at World Fashion Center. Gearing up for an ultra potent 12-hour blowout—with the likes of Low Steppa, Gorgon City, Robosonic, and more in tow—Defected is bringing its heaviest hitters and some scintillating special guests to appease ADE-ers from Friday night until the break of Saturday’s dawn. Easily accessible via public transport, with an industrial aesthetic to boot, Defected is primed to set South Amsterdam ablaze at the festival’s midway point.

Tickets: sold out

Netsky & Friends (Thurs Night) [Bass]

The multitalented Belgian bass purveyor, Netsky, will be accompanied by fellow heavy-handers, Fox Stevenson, NGHTMRE, Feed Me, and more this year at multifarious event housing, temp. at the Burgerweeshuispad in Amsterdam-Zuid. Bringing some of the very best international drum ‘n’ bass, pop, trap, dubstep, and hard house music, the October 17 affront plans for close-knit quarters accompanied by high-voltage aural atmosphere.

Tickets

Paradise x Loveland (Fri Night) [House/Techno]

Among a number of Loveland’s scheduled stops on the route to ADE victory, the Paradise party at Warehouse Houthavens rests among the most enticing. Jamie Jones and a number of accomplished cohorts, Alan Fitzpatrick, wAFF, and more, are ready to bring the underground sounds of The White Isle (Ibiza) to Amsterdam October 18. While landing at a new locale, Paradise plans to make good on its propensity for an intimate, up-close experience with some of the most in-demand names in the subtler house/tech realm.

Tickets

Frankie Fest launches at ADE 2019 in support of the Frankie Knuckles Foundation

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Frankie Fest launches at ADE 2019 in support of the Frankie Knuckles FoundationFrankie Knuckles Photo Credit Steve Black Re

In honor of the late DJ Frankie Knuckles, Frankie Fest will launch at this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event as a platform to support and raise awareness for the Frankie Knuckles Foundation.

As the inarguable godfather of house music, Knuckles had an indelible influence on his residency of the ’80s Chicago Warehouse club and the shaping of the dance music space for generations to come. Although he passed away in 2014, his legacy continues to live on as the music community brings together efforts to preserve and spread his messages through documentaries, mural reinstallation, and now, Frankie Fest.

The Frankie Knuckles Foundation is a non-profit and cultural organization dedicated to supporting music in schools, LGBTQ youth homelessness, AIDS research and prevention, and diabetes research and education. Frankie Fest is founded by Knuckles’ living partners Eric Kupper and Kenny Summit as a way to celebrate the house legend’s lasting influence. The launch party will feature performances from both artists, as well as Francois K, Mousse T and DJ Sneak. Participants can dance the night away to the music while supporting and fundraising for The Frankie Knuckles Foundation.

ADE 2019 will take place Oct. 16-20. Frankie Fest arrives at ADE on from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the W Amsterdam. Learn more information below.

Frankie Fest launches at ADE 2019 in support of the Frankie Knuckles FoundationFrankie Fest 2019 Billboard Embed

H/T: Billboard

Photo credit: Steve Black/Rex

Amsterdam Dance Event’s second phase of artists: Peggy Gou, San Holo, Sam Feldt, and more

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Amsterdam Dance Event’s second phase of artists: Peggy Gou, San Holo, Sam Feldt, and moreADE

Europe’s globally attended industry-oriented festival and conference week, Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), has released its second arm of genre-traversing musical meat for the affair’s 24th edition.

Among the production’s most recent wave of names is Carl Craig, Catching Flies, DJ Seinfeld, San Holo, Peggy Gou, Steve Aoki, Dubfire, as well as dozens more, scheduled to stretch across its five-day tenure this October 16-20. Alongside the performer additions comes the next leg of conference speakers, including Nastia, Hannah Wants, and Lisa Ellis, SoundCloud’s global head of music and artist relations.

The new names join the ranks of ADE’s hotly anticipated first wave, namely Amelie Lens, Charlotte de Witte, Martin Garrix, Bonobo, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Netsky, and Carl Cox, just to name a few from the multitudinous menagerie of upper-echelon muscle.

This year’s installment will feature France as the festival’s focus country, along with the return of the endeavor’s live showcases at historic Amsterdam venues, Melkweg and Paradiso. ADE’s first wave of artists is available in full here. Explore the lineup additions and purchase tickets to the festival here. The complete artist roster and 2019 festival program is expected to be finalized in coming weeks.

Audio Obscura returns to Amsterdam’s Central Station for an ADE rave

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Audio Obscura returns to Amsterdam’s Central Station for an ADE ravePatrick Topping CODA Photo Credit Alec Donnell Luna 1

Premier Amsterdam promoter Audio Obscura is bringing the rave back to the Dutch capital’s Centraal Station. They’ll be hosting a two parties throughout Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE).

Per usual, the brand is bringing a heady lineup of underground electronic music to the station’s halls. On October 17, Motor City Drum Ensemble will be bringing a taste of house and disco to the decks, alongside left-field darling Young Marco. Patrick Topping will be showcasing his new label Trick on Sunday, October 19, where Spencer Parker and Krystal Klear b2b Manpower will be joining as support.

Audio Obscura became one of the first to use Centraal Station as a dance music venue during ADE in 2018. They hosted Charlotte de Witte, Joris Voorn, Maceo Plex, and more for their successful inaugural run.

H/T: DJ Mag

Photo credit: Alec Donnell Luna

Tomorrowland to bring ‘Our Story’ curation to Amsterdam Dance Event

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Tomorrowland to bring ‘Our Story’ curation to Amsterdam Dance EventAde

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of one of the most influential dance music festival’s on the planet, Belgium’s Tomorrowland is bringing two days of curation to Amsterdam for the hotly attended and industry-focused ADE (Amsterdam Dance Event) October 17-18.

The sweeping thrust of dance music synergy, entitled Our Story, will see performances from Netsky, Tiësto, Steve Aoki, The Bloody Beetroots, Armin van Buuren, and more at the 17,000-person capacity Ziggo Dome.

Catering heavily to industry professionals and avid fans alike, ADE is the largest and most quintessential club/dance music and conference-oriented festival in existence. In 2018, the festival saw its most expansive turn out on record, with 400,000 visitors in attendance through its five-day span.

Tickets to Our Story go on sale June 11, but pre-sale is available now, here. The event will be available to standard ADE pass holders, as well, with limited capacity, however.

Martin Garrix’s STMPD RCRDS to host its own stage at Ultra Music Festival for the first time in 2019

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Martin Garrix’s STMPD RCRDS to host its own stage at Ultra Music Festival for the first time in 2019Martin Garri Ultra

If 2018 has proven anything, it’s that Martin Garrix cannot be stopped. The producer has continued his stream of chart topping crossover releases — he put out a 5-track club ready progressive EP, and he teamed up with unexpected subway singer Mike Yung for a gospel-inspired “Dreamer,” proving that the young beatmaker isn’t letting celebrity get in the way of creativity, in terms of breaking the EDM mold.

While Garrix himself has seen considerable success in 2018, his label STMPD RCRDS has gone from just finding its footing to a blooming powerhouse of a label in just a little more than a year. After hosting stages at Tomorrowland, Balaton Sound, and having a label night during Amsterdam Dance Event, in 2019 STMPD RCRDS will be hosting a stage at Ultra Music Festival for the first time. The STMPD RCRDS Stage will feature label frequenters Matisse & Sadko, TV Noise, Lost Frequencies, Junior Sanchez, Brooks, and of course, Garrix himself. Hosting a stage at Ultra will continue to build on the label’s continued success, and this showcases that STMPD is a force to be reckoned with after hosting a stage at one of the most prestigious festivals in the world.

Martin Garrix put up a year for the books in 2018, and with a full stage secured at Ultra next year, it looks like he’ll be continuing his hot streak into 2019.

Amsterdam Dance Event: a compilation of 2018’s key learnings and insights

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Photos courtesy of Dick Renning, Piet van Strijp, Coenvan Tartwijk, Mark Richter

Now 23 years in the running, Amsterdam Dance Event has grown to be one of the most prolific occasions in the world. Garnering over 400,000 visitors from more than 100 countries and upwards of 1000 events across five days, ADE is unlike any electronic music festival-conference hybrid out there.

200 venues. 2500 performing artists. 600 speakers. These are just a few of 2018’s key statistics that demonstrate why ADE is a leader in the music business. 

It’s this command for curation that makes ADE’s programming unparalleled; from ethereal sound experiences to keynote interviews with the CEO and Founder of Ushuaïa Ibiza, ADE’s scope knows no bounds. And it’s not always about music, either. With its finger on the pulse of society at large, the seminal event also traverses pressing topics such as the future of food, sexism in the age of social media, and cyber security, to name a few.

Amsterdam Dance Event: a compilation of 2018’s key learnings and insightsDick Rennings 20181021 R2 3312 1Staying Organized at ADE

ADE’s gargantuan festival and conference schedule can be overwhelming for most, particularly first-timers. Its day-into-night programming runs 24 hours per day for five consecutive days, and it’s easy to get lost in the countless panels, parties and networking opportunities. In other words, attendees that don’t pace themselves will burn out much sooner than the rest.

Insight: It is impossible to do and see all that ADE has to offer, and you do not have to be at every event that catches your eye. Mapping out a day-by-day plan in advance – even if tentative – will help you stay organized. Add each of your events to your Google Calendar, with the knowledge that your schedule will undergo last-minute changes. And if you’re setting up a meeting with a potential client, be sure to take down their phone number ahead of time so that you can easily find one another.

Be open to impromptu meetings and getting sidetracked. Not having a plan isn’t always a bad thing. 

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ADE’s daytime programming often gets lost in the shuffle as attendees look to the event’s sweeping nighttime roster as its biggest draw. Yet those looking to learn, network or potentially strike a deal look to ADE by day as one of the most valuable opportunities of the year.

Insight: While ADE capitalizes on its rich catalog of parties and showcases, the event’s reputation is also largely rooted in its masterclasses, keynotes and art exhibits. On one end of the city, dozens of DJs around the world are spinning at renowned record store Rush Hour, while on the other, Spinnin’ Academy is building an all-star team of budding DJs and producers. Meanwhile, local artist Dadara is exhibiting his gallery, Life Inside a Pixel, at KochxBos Gallery. It’s evident that the team behind ADE not only had the aspiring producer in mind, but also the artistically inclined and the audiophiles.

Make time to take advantage of ADE by day’s limitless offerings – even if that means calling it an early night. A considerable amount of time and thought are put into constructing the conference, as each year themes shift in accordance with what’s trending in dance music, technology and culture. By far one of the most memorable moments  was ADE’s Sound Experience at The Conscious Club, which coupled the best of slow, tribal beats with live instruments including a flute, violin, harp, contrabass and hand drum.

Amsterdam Dance Event: a compilation of 2018’s key learnings and insightsPiet Van Strijp 20181018 579A3601 1Getting around Amsterdam

Public transportation plays a key role in planning around a hectic ADE schedule. Both the metro (underground) and trams (above ground) are clean, efficient and highly accessible. Oftentimes, public transportation serves as a faster (and cheaper) alternative to Uber.

Insight: Purchase a 6-day metro pass, which is accepted on the metro (underground), tram (above ground) and bus. For about $36, both the metro and trams can quickly transport attendees to nearly any ADE-marked venue. Once you’re in the city, walking from venue to venue shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes, though several trams run from one end of the U-shaped city to the other.

Note: the metro and trams stop running at midnight. However, if you’re heading to venues across the river like A’Dam Tower, Shelter or NDSM-werf, the ferries from Centraal Station run 24 hours per day and are free. 

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Though some see ADE as a prime networking opportunity, others view the festival as a chance to discover new music and attend some of the best parties in the world. Representing everyone from Hardwell to Maceo Plex to Mano le Tough, it’s hard to not find a showcase worth checking out.

Insight: This year, many ADE pass holders found themselves disappointed when they were denied entry to their party of choice due to capacity. While some venues chose to enforce a “one in, one out” policy, others capped their events completely. If there is a party you absolutely must attend, arrive at least 30 minutes before doors open – especially if your preferred party is sold out or at risk of drawing a big crowd. Purchasing a ticket isn’t a bad idea either, as only a certain number of delegates are admitted into each party before all remaining spots go to ticket holders. Unused tickets can always be sold safely on Ticketswap.

Open-mindedness is also handy here. Consider seeing artists that you’ve never heard of, or opt to check out some of Amsterdam’s most famed venues like Gashouder, Chicago Social Club, De School or Shelter. Curiosity can go a long way, and you might just find some new musicians to include in your next Spotify playlist.

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It would be remiss to not see Amsterdam’s myriad landmarks like the Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank Museum, Van Gogh Museum, Vondelpark and Dam Square, to name a few. And if you’re lucky, ADE might just be hosting a party at one of the city’s top destinations: in 2016, Maceo Plex became the first electronic artist to perform at the Rijksmusem’s iconic bicycle passage.

Insight: ADE wouldn’t be the same without its surrounding environment, and paying respect to its city is equally as important as the festival itself. There’s no place in the world quite like Amsterdam – a city rich with history, shimmering canals, artistic heritage and fine cheese shops. Set aside some time to see Amsterdam outside of the party setting, and act like a local. Rent a bike and see the city through the eyes of the Dutch. Sample a cone of Belgian fries, or make a new friend with a Soho House membership who will take you to the newly opened House as their guest. Who knows – you might even stumble upon Honey Dijon spinning in the lounge.