Martin Garrix shares complete two-hour ‘THE ETHER’ ADE show

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In terms of electronic music artists who provide the most visually enthralling experiences around, Martin Garrix garners great consideration. For a second straight go-around at this past Amsterdam Dance Event, Garrix hosted his own ANIMA live show on back-to-back nights, this time under the illustrious ETHER masthead. After releasing livestream recordings of all the opening acts, including Brooks B2B Julian Jordan, Loopers, and more, Garrix is officially gifting the more-than-two-hour performance in mesmerizing 4K video. Re-experience the mind-numbing production courtesy of his show director, Gabe Fraboni, as well the rest of the Garrix team.

If releasing the set itself wasn’t satisfying enough for a premature holiday keepsake, the Dutchman laid out the set’s robust, 49-song tracklist in the comment section. From a laser-doused intro rendition of “Home” to his greatest classics like “Pizza,” “Forbidden Voices” and “Spotless,” to six unreleased productions like his “Someone You Loved” remix for Lewis Capaldi, ‘THE ETHER’ positions itself amongst some of Garrix’s all-time performances.

Stream ‘THE ETHER’ in its entirety below. And keep an eye out for updates regarding the exact release date for his collaboration with Matisse & Sadko, John Martin, and Michel Zitron: “Hold On (We’re Almost There).”

Featured image: Louis van Baar

Discovering Amsterdam through ADE’s wide venue menu [2019 Review]

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Discovering Amsterdam through ADE’s wide venue menu [2019 Review]ADE Laura Siliquini

Words by: Josh Stewart & Bella Bagshaw

For a festival older than many of its attendees (including a co-author of this review), Amsterdam Dance Event hasn’t lost an ounce of prerogative in the electronic music space across its 24-year tenure. Much like its increasingly international soil, ADE is voraciously traveled to by electronic infatuates across the globe. This year the industry-oriented endeavor garnered attendees from 146 countries—the most internationally visited installment to date.

But what makes ADE so painfully cool, is not only its chromatic agenda—spanning panels, parties, makeshift productions, and larger-than-life arena stops—but its locational litany. From train stations, to museums, to the warehouse spots, all of Amsterdam is ADE’s playground.

And it feels like the whole city is participating, too. Right outside the Schipol Airport, your humble narrator is greeted by a proverbial ADE cube humming above an information/check-in hut, ready for business at 8 am sharp. Once I secure my media pass, a 40-something cab driver promptly rattles off his week’s after-dark itinerary, with the enthusiasm of a tourist and the precision of a seasoned attendee.

ADE is unique in that it implores you to acquaint yourself with Amsterdam. It’s an unfettered celebration among the city’s quotidian. And that’s undoubtedly why the very best of the dance music business (Garrix, Tiesto, Guetta, Knight, Hawtin, Brejcha, you name it) return year after year. Here are some spots that made ADE sing this year.

Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum, Dancing Astronaut‘s quintessential stop on the ADE agenda. The storied subterranean dwelling of the historic Dutch landmark make for a sublime dance music backdrop—invoking elegance and clandestine cadence all at once. Raw Rave sanctioned Boys Noize Thursday night for a long dance (the kinetic vernacular in Europe is actually swaying) in the dark, as Maceo Plex and Underworld had so notably done just a few years prior.

The hallowed columns cast great, oblong shadows through the crowd, while fog dances in time with Boys Noize‘s beguiling analog techno. It’s an altogether post-apocalyptic display; as if all the wide-eyed pedestrians who normally flood the area by day are gone for good and there’s nothing left to do but soak up the smoke and party (if you can maneuver to the bar, that is). The air buzzed with sweet and sweaty malice, beneath a collection of Rembrandts resting soundly upstairs, no less! The historic holdings are a smoldering embodiment of ADE’s ability to make Amsterdam’s cornerstone conventions come alive.

Paradiso

Of all the Amsterdam club locales, Paradiso is likely the most atmospherically adjacent to a US spot ADE has to offer. Though, its architectural grandeur is singularly European. The assuredly haunted ex-church, with its resplendent stained glass windows and intricately etched balcony arrangement, seems destined for a back-to-back DJ set from priest vestment-donning Tchami and his perpetually pernicious aural associate, Malaa. A far cry from the litany of icons Paradiso once welcomed—The Rolling Stones, Prince, Patti Smith, The Cure, Nirvana (just to name a few)—the duo’s Dutch rendition of No Redemption was, nonetheless, entertaining as hell.

The hard-house maestros topped giant LED cubes which lit up in sync with painstakingly on-brand visuals when the respective DJ took his turn. For Tchami, a storming jungle scene evocative of his recent melodic house sensation, “Rainforest.” For Malaa, the expected illicit and explicit imagery: lines of white powder, skin-clad, ski-masked women, and otherwise. PSA: Moshing to dance music is apparently not just an American phenomenon.

Above section by: Bella Bagshaw

Armada Office

Days before the release of his 7th studio albumArmin van Buuren opened the doors to Armada’s office, sitting on the city’s outskirts for a cranked-up ADE-themed recording of A State Of Trance. Attendees were welcome to wander the corridors of the iconic trance label’s home base, with over two dozen guest sets spinning between “The Club” and the infamous recording studio where Armin streams his weekly shows. The who’s who of trance ticket gave fans a chance to see tastemaker after tastemaker, mainstay after mainstay, bringing the likes of Richard DurandMarkus SchulzFerry CorstenSander van Doorn, and even BT, for eight hours of intimate trance bliss.   

NDSM Wharf

DGTL brought four nights of ADE-insanity to NDSM Wharf, a former shipyard with grounds big enough to house 10 soccer fields. As massive of a venue as it was, another few soccer fields probably could’ve housed the droves of ravers who kept the waterfront warehouse’s sprawling mainstage saturated. A headlining lineup of Richie HawtinRÜFÜS DU SOLBonoboOrbital, and Ben Klock back to back with Marcel Dettmann proved too tempting a ticket for thousands of ADEers. There’s no doubt that the music is the focal point of a week like ADE, but it’s hard not to see the event for the grand portrait of dance music that is when showing up to NDSM. Between the ferry from Central Station, that showcases much of the city’s forward-thinking architecture, to the street art that blankets the hip, developing wharf, and fresh fruit the warehouse served until wee hours of the morning, a trip to NDSM shines a light on many of the enchanting idiosyncrasies that make ADE so distinctly Amsterdam.

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Photo: Tim Buiting/NDSM

Lil’ Central Station

ADE fever even spread to Amsterdam’s very own Central Station (think Grand Central), which was effectively party-fied by Audio Obscura for the whirlwind weekend. Tucked just a few stories below the rails that funnel people in and out of Amsterdam by the thousands was Lil’ Central, a cozy nightclub space with DJs that encouraged a bit of loco and a lot of motion. From Motor City Drum Ensemble‘s swerve-inducing Thursday night set to Tchami‘s afterparty the following evening, express tickets to a good time were wholesale at Lil’ Central. Every city has nightclubs, most even have particularly cool ones, but how many municipalities are willing to turn their central transport hub into an all-night rave?

I can only think of one.

Above section by: Josh Stewart

Photo Credit: Laura Siliquini

Looking back on 24 years of ADE with Ferry Corsten [PLAYLIST & Q&A]

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Looking back on 24 years of ADE with Ferry Corsten [PLAYLIST & Q&A]Ferry Corsten Photo Credit Getty

For more than 20 years, the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) has brought tastemakers from across the industry to The Netherlands for an experience that manages to be half conference, half festival, and all-encompassing. This year, ADE is said to have brought over 2,500 artists from around the world, satisfying fans across the spectrum with events ranging from Monstercat showcases to Berghain-inspired techno parties. Anyone who’s been is bound to have their own ADE story, but very few are able to share the seasoned perspective of Dutch icon, Ferry Corsten, who, over the course of his illustrious career, has had the opportunity of watching the event grow from his Rotterdam-based studio.

We had the opportunity to go one-on-one with Corsten to talk ADE memories, advice for newcomers, and how to stay motivated after so many years on top. Press play on the trance legend’s Day/Night themed ADE playlist and dive in.

So to start, what was the first concert that you ever went to? How much of an impact, if any, do you think that had on the trajectory of your life?

I can’t really remember at this point what first concert I went to, but I remember when I was younger going to a club in Rotterdam called Tomorrowland. It was the first real club that I went to as a young teenager and it blew my mind. I had always been into music but the combination of clubbing and seeing dance music played in a setting was mind-blowing. I think I got more hooked into making music after that.

You released ‘Looking Forward’ right around when ADE first started. Looking forward from 1996, could you ever picture the event becoming what it is today? Where do you see ADE in another 20 years?

I think that ADE is an amazing event and I applaud Richard [Zijlma] and all the guys there how they have made it into the success of what it has become. As to what ADE will be in the future, I think that just has it has evolved itself over the years, it will continue to offer the demands of what dance music will require in the future: in terms of technological developments, and trends. Nowadays, the pace of music and technology is moving a lot faster than it did many years back. ADE has over the years managed to anticipate this and I don’t see why they will not be able to continue doing this in the future.

How has your process of writing a song changed from ‘Looking Forward’ to now? 

I still continue to start working from a melody line. As a music producer that has always been my start and I continue further from there.

I’ve heard a bit of controversy between the two, and figure you can chime in on this one, Rotterdam or Amsterdam?

Rotterdam all the way! Don’t get me wrong. I’m a history freak and I love what Amsterdam has to offer in terms of its history and the charm that comes with it. It’s a beautiful vibrant city and is known all over the world not only because of its picturesque setting but also because of what it has to offer in terms of business and pleasure as well. Having said that, Rotterdam as well has its own history that over the years have had a lot of impact to the world. It’s always been known as a “modern” city due to its architecture but recently I think it has become more exciting as there are more foreigners moving in and it has started developing its own style that is unique to the country and really hip!

“Punk” is a track that has stuck with us for ages. In an industry that is so flavor of the week, where releases come and go so quickly, what allows certain tunes to have that timeless edge to them? Is it more about innovating and presenting something new or sharpening your tools and striking at the right time?

I think it’s a combination of both, but in the case of “Punk” it’s just a damn catchy melody!

Many producers and DJs get burnt out on the industry after just a few years, both mentally and physically. The sense that we get is that music ends up feeling much more like work than play, and it kind of drains their passion. How do you think you’ve kept yourself so mentally in the game and creative for so many years?

I think to begin with I would like to think that I am very balanced person. To be in this industry you have to have a good sense of who you are and not “believe in the hype.” Sometimes it is good to say “No” and not say “Yes” all the time. Over the years, I’ve learned to create a certain structure in my life regardless of where I am, so it becomes easier to adapt wherever I go. For example, I make sure before I go to any event that I mentally prepare myself, have a specific ritual so it is easier to for me to “get” in the flow. I am also lucky that I have a team around and family that keep me grounded. You can go to a huge festival or packed club and feel like the king…only to go home and realize that you still have to clean up after your kids or help out doing odds and ends. It’s a crazy spectrum yet it somehow keeps you sane.

What advice would you give to those experiencing ADE for the first time?

ADE is an amazing experience as it allows you to cover so many facets in the scene. You can go to various workshops to hone your craft, talk to various labels, management, and agencies and get a foot in the door, or just talk to colleagues and other artists you look up to and talk shop. Don’t forget to try and meet the people you have been talking to online face to face. It’s always nice to physically meet someone and get to know them better.

Do you have a personal favorite ADE memory?

I have loads of great ADE memories over the years, but there was one time when I had a show with Paul van Dyk at a club and about an hour beforehand my wife had an accident and ended up having to go to the hospital. My agent at that time took her as I was going to play soon, only to realize once he had arrived, he had all my music! Thankfully he got back in time so all was well, but it was a pretty stressful evening to say the least!

When was the last time that you played a Moonman track live? Any chance we will hear some at ADE?

I’ve actually started playing the Moonman track live in my sets recently since the beginning of this summer when I released a rework of ‘Galaxia’ together with Kristian Nairn. I’ll definitely be playing it during ADE. It’s been a crowd favourite.

There’s no doubt that ADE represents the Dutch music scene on the global stage. As someone who grew up in the Dutch club world, is it a fair representation of the culture’s nightlife?

I think what ADE represents at this point has become more than representing the Dutch music scene. ADE has become a hub for the international scene. The Dutch music scene has given the world a platform to do all this. Obviously, this would have not been possible if the Dutch music scene was the forerunner of all this, but it’s amazing how we have managed to embrace this and everyone internationally to come together during this special week.

Thanks so much for your time Ferry, it’s a real honor to get to pick your brain a bit.

Thanks for the interview!

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Boris Brejcha shares ‘Never Look Back,’ from upcoming Ultra album [Stream + Watch]

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Boris Brejcha shares ‘Never Look Back,’ from upcoming Ultra album [Stream + Watch]Boris Brejcha 01 Credit Florian Schmitt 1

German joker-masked king of High Tech Minimal, Boris Brejcha has unfurled another fragment, “Never Look Back” from his debut album due in January on Ultra Records.

A recent staple in Brejcha’s 100% originally soundtracked sets, “Never Look Back” imbues the FCKNG SERIOUS label boss’s penchant for bleeding the boundaries of striking techno, progressive house, and trance. His inspiriting, melodic earmark assumes the driver’s seat, yet again, alongside one of his cornerstone pitched-down vocal cuts. The production is nothing short of cosmic.

Having just wrapped up his first US tour and another successful branded soiree at Amsterdam Dance Event, Brejcha continues to permeate his unparalleled sound design to pandemic proportions. In addition to erecting his own music label just a few years ago, Brejcha made his Cercle debut this year at the Grand Palais, which has garnered over seven million streams on YouTube alone. Those who haven’t heard the news about the one-man High Tech Minimal army taking the global club front for ransom would do best to briskly familiarize themselves.

Photo Credit: Florian Schmitt

Martin Garrix brings out David Guetta and Tiësto for a three-pronged ADE-venture [Watch]

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Martin Garrix brings out David Guetta and Tiësto for a three-pronged ADE-venture [Watch]Martin Garri Breach

Martin Garrix may no longer be considered the world’s No. 1 DJ by some, but that isn’t to say that the Dutch-born superstar isn’t still upping his game. Garrix returned home to ADE Oct. 16-20, bringing a two-night showcase back to Amsterdam’s RAI Convention Centre, where he debuted his ANIMA live show this time last year. While the program for Friday night event promised that the world-renowned house producer was planning to “wow the crowd once again,” fans were left wondering what exactly he had up his short, black sleeves.

Garrix’s set gave fans a taste of tracks that are coming down the pipe, with this ID being about as fresh as it gets, but the showstopping moment came when dance music icons David Guetta and Tiësto joined the headlining Garrix for an ultra-rare back-to-back-to-back set among three of the industry’s top main stage acts. As exciting of a moment as it was for fans, it’s also great to see Garrix walking the walk after referencing his mentor Tiësto earlier in the week.

“I really don’t care, the so-called world ranking,” Garrix said. “I don’t need a list to do what I like. I [was] at 1, yes. And Tiësto is very many places below me. That doesn’t make sense, does it? I started playing music through him. I am not a better DJ than him, maybe now I just have a bit more hype around me...”

Photo credit: Rukes

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

Exclusive: Gear up for ADE’s daytime dancefloors with Eelke Kleijn [Mix]

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Exclusive: Gear up for ADE’s daytime dancefloors with Eelke Kleijn [Mix]Eelke Kleijn

Don’t let Eelke Kleijn‘s affinity for DJ-ing in his socks distract from his dexterity, not only behind the decks, but in the studio. His voracious musical appetite as a multi-instrumentalist (i.e., guitar, piano, and bass) and composer have earned him tenures scoring for Hollywood films like Rush and This Means War alongside official remix sanctions for industry giants across the board—from John Legend to Pendulum.

The longtime Amsterdam Dance Event fixture is again this year rolling out his DAYS like NIGHTS party back to his home turf in the Netherlands. The synergistic party series is fashioned from his radio show, label, and podcast of the same name—which harkens back to Kleijn’s mission to equip his upbeat, “daytime” dance music with the same intrigue as an after-dark affair. In this vein, Kleijn has mixed 45-minutes of iridescent breakbeat and nu-disco to bolster his team’s October 19 showing at Transformatorhuis with Lost & Found, Rodriguez Jr., Guy J, Tensnake, and more.

“We have our own DAYS like NIGHTS x Lost & Found event again this year at Amsterdam Dance Event,” Kleijn tells Dancing Astronaut. “Like the previous years, it’s a daytime party on the Saturday and it’s the only event I’m playing this ADE. In that spirit, I wanted to create a mix that feels a bit different. Not your average night out banging club music, on the contrary, there are some more vocals, disco and breakbeat influences and the whole feels like something you would want to listen to chilling at home as much as going out partying. That’s something I always try to achieve, but I especially focused on it for this one. It’s a very fun and playful mix, and I hope you enjoy listening it as much as I did mixing it.”

More information on DAYS like NIGHTS here. Kleijn is also a masterclass ADE speaker this year appearing at both ADE official – In the Studio with Eelke Kleijn and Armada University

Track List:

01. Max Jones – Perisur (Cornelius Doctor Emotion Remix) [Duro] 02. Dino Lenny & Fiberroot – Suddenly [Correspondant] 03. VovaWave – When The Spell Is Broken [DAYS like NIGHTS] 04. Toni & Mash – Lone Wolf (Joyce Muniz Remix) [Black Diamond] 05. Eelke Kleijn feat. Ost – Lost Souls (Nicolas Masseyeff Remix) [DAYS like NIGHTS] 06. Deeparture ft. Rubenson – Rewrite [DAYS like NIGHTS] 07. Eelke Kleijn – De Orde Van De Nacht [DAYS like NIGHTS] 08. Emmanuel Jal & Nyaruach – Ti Chuong (Musumeci Supernatural Remix) [MoBlack] 09. Franz Matthews & Local Suicide – Tutan Jamon (Chaim Dub) [Eskimo] 10. Africanism produced by NaSSau – Talibé (DJ Angelo Extended Remix) [Yellow]

Photo Credit: Jos Kottmann

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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