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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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

Dancing Astronaut’s 5 Under 15K: Vol. 26

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5 Under 15k is a feature on Dancing Astronaut dedicated to spotlighting talented up-and-coming and largely undiscovered artists who we believe deserve more exposure. Each edition highlights five artists from a wide variety of genres with under 15,000 followers on SoundCloud or Spotify (at the time of writing).

Hohzo

Hailing from Portugal, Hohzo’s signature “melodark minimal” sound instantly diversifies the rising producer from the pack, disregarding the current dance music meta for something more intrinsically expressive. His 2019 album, Yin Yang, invites listeners on an aesthetically sound aural adventure—fusing darker influences, from techno, progressive, electro and even orchestral sound palates for an experience all its own.

I can say that there are few artists in the world who create the kind of sound that I create,” says Hohzo. “I don’t mean that I’m better or worse. I just believe I’m different and that’s what I always try to transmit in the songs I create. Let’s say that the tracks I produce are more psychological than technical, where my goal is to show my emotions rather than my technical production skills.

Every track on Yin Yang clocks in over seven minutes long (aside from the intro and outro), but where many electronic producers get lost in the loopiness of lengthier beats, Hohzo feels at home there. Each tune is a journey in its own right, courting the listener through the enchanted melodark forest of the Portuguese producer’s sonic envoy.

Further broadening his musical horizons, Hohzo is currently composing the score to director Taha Ismail’s upcoming Innerbloom, expecting to close out the year with tour stops in India, St. Petersburg, and Turkey.

Colyn

If Colyn isn’t on your short-list of up and comers in 2019, you better hope there’s room. The Dutch producer, who describes his sound as “centered around, but not bound to, techno” has sunk his teeth into the industry through the Tale of Us-led label, Afterlife. In just six months’ time, Colyn has climbed the label’s ranks, first debuting on their Realm Of Consciousness Pt. IV compilation before receiving a long-form accent with a full-fledged EP, Resolve. Finally he closed out Audio Obscura‘s ADE party alongside Tale of Us themselves this past weekend.

Tracks like “Resolve” imbue the evocative side of the genre, but Colyn ultimately defines his sound with well-warranted touches of lucidity and psychedelic sprinklings. A great addition to the Afterlife crew, Colyn fits the label’s sound, while offering its fanbase something altogether fresh.

Theydream

Made up of Swiss brothers Stefan and Jonas Roos, Theydream has been adding their distinct layer of ravaging basslines and atmospheric techno to Boris Brejcha‘s burgeoning FCKNG SERIOUS label for the past few years. While the group has established themselves as a mainstay at Brejcha’s minted parties across Europe, spinning in Tel Aviv, Prague, and all across Germany, they’ve yet to make it to the states. Though the the duo’s sound would surely hit the mark stateside, if Brejcha’s first US tour this year is any indication.

Theydream recently contributed two singles in as many months to the FCKNG SERIOUS catalog, but the best sampling of their trippy, often obfuscated sound can be heard in their autumn mix from last year; it’s compromised of almost entirely unreleased material. With a shared two decades of production between them, the Roos brothers unfurl purring basslines with hypnotic overtones for a whimsical brand of techno all its own.

Lake Haze

For a few years, Lake Haze bounced from label to label, releasing deep, and even some left-field house tracks. But it wasn’t until UK-based E-Beamz allowed him a platform to create a debut LP that “wasn’t 100% dancefloor-oriented” so that the genius of the Portuguese producer fully reared its head.

Glitching Dreams hits all of the sweet spots of a Warp Records original, affixing frenetic drums with just the right touch of acid flare. Though what makes Lake Haze’s latest effort so standout is its blissful wonkiness. It ebbs and flows through different realms of Lake Haze’s meticulously constructed dream world, but retains a common thread of upbeat groove from start to finish

The Frederik

It could be the influx of textures and imagery, or maybe just the afforded space for a producer to flex their muscles within the genre, but there’s something about electro-house that attracts many of the industry’s real sound design junkies. For years, chart-topping acts like Zedd, Porter Robinson, and Feed Me have claimed their stake at the terrain’s apex, not just with their impressive songwriting, but through an ability to make sense of (and masterfully mix) the chaos that a behemoth electro track truly demands.

Enter The Frederik, a Danish electro producer who obviously shares a similar passion for the studio with the aforementioned headliners. At just 23 years old, he made his debut on mau5trap, before developing his sound for UKF’s Pilot Records, eventually championing his own label, Riotville Records. His sound expectedly pumps, but what makes The Frederik’s work so singular is the cohesiveness of the textures and layers that he establishes from track to track.

Checkout some of his latest releases below, with aptly titled highlights “Fuck Tool,” and “Idle.”

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

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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

NMF Roundup: Valentino Khan remixes Tchami, Gryffin teams up with Maia Wright + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Valentino Khan tackles Tchami’s “Rainforest” in his latest remix, and Gryffin teams up with Maia Wright for “Body Back.” Lost Kings tap Marc E. Bassy for “Somebody Out There,” and Adventure Club unveil their Death or Glory Sessions. David Guetta remixes Idris Elba’s “On Life” as Jack Back, and Sullivan King reveals his debut album, including tracks like “If My Eyes Are Vampires (Your Body Is My Sunlight)” with TYNAN. Fox Stevenson, too, has a debut album out on Oct. 18, featuring songs like “All Night,” and Hardwell teams up with Deorro, MAKJ, and Fatman Scoop for “Left Right.” Henry Fong encourages listeners to “Jump Up” with his new single, and Flosstradamus and Megatone deliver “Bounce Back” after premiering the track with DA. Faux Tales has released his ethereal Hiraeth LP, and Madnap and Luma have collaborated on “Faces.” YehMe2 and Wuki “Throw It” on their new collaboration, and vowl. and Brock Wilson jointly release “recluse.” Justin Jay puts his own spin on NGHTMRE and A$AP Ferg’s “REDLIGHT,” and Boombox Cartel and Griff Clawson reveal “All I Want.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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

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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.

Boris Brejcha takes off the mask for Reddit AMA

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Boris Brejcha, one of the most surging acts in electronic music today, took to the stage over on r/electronicmusic on Sept. 24 for an AMA session.

The German producer has been honing his own brand of “high-tech minimal” beats for the better part of a decade but is currently in the process of coming into his own—and on the world stage, no less. Brejcha’s status as a must-see act was cemented this past month with aftermarket tickets to see him at Exchange in Los Angeles selling for nearly 10 times their original value.

The AMA sees Boris pulling back the curtains to explain the creative process behind his recent track, “Gravity,” as well as what his lifestyle and routines as a full-time musician consist of.  For the real die-hards, however, Brejcha gives a bit of insight into what is actually going on behind the joker masquerade mask—that is, what face cream he uses.

Brejcha’s new LP is scheduled to release in January 2020 on Ultra Records.

A week in the life…

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Sage life advice from the high-tech minimalist.

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The pre-set nerves are real.

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Conceptualizing a Boris Brejcha set.

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But if he were going to mix other artists…

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How the magic is made.

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…and his face cream?

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Electric Island closed 2019 season finale with striking performances from headliners Boris Brechja and Claude VonStroke – photos by KURTHOOP, Wes C and Domenica Spinelli

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Toronto’s Electric Island announces venue change for 2019 season finale

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Toronto’s Electric Island series is characteristically known for their long-established home on the Toronto Islands. Known for their signature day-into-night outdoor parties on the island, the seasonal event series has faced an imminent challenge threatening their home base. 

Leading into their final event of the season, Electric Island has announced their move to Ontario Place’s West Island, a convenient replacement for the long weekend festivities. Keeping in line with their trademark island atmosphere, the new venue offers an improved landscape for the festival infrastructure. 

Throughout the summer, the Toronto Island has been affected by record high water levels, causing flooding in certain areas of the land and a temporary suspension of the ferry service to the island’s main beach area, Hanlan’s Point.

The 2019 season so far has seen stunning performances from artists like Bedouin, Hot Since 82 and Seth Troxler during their first three events throughout the summer. The season finale held over the August 31-September 1 weekend brings highly anticipated bookings to the city, including the debut of masked German headliner, Boris Brejcha and the return of Dirtybird kingpin Claude Vonstroke

GA and VIP tickets are available for purchase here.

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NMF Roundup: REZZ and Deathpact link up, Wave Racer unveils new single + more

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It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

REZZ and Deathpact take no prisoners in their new collaboration, “Kiss of Death,” and Wave Racer follows up recent single, “Auto,” with the soothing “Summer Rain.” Skrillex makes an appearance on Ed Sheeran’s latest, “Way To Break My Heart,” and Tycho reveals his full Weather LP on Mom+Pop/Ninja Tune. Ekali and Reo Cragun bring “Runaway” to Big Beat, and Madeon continues his tour de force with “Dream Dream Dream.” Keys N Krates have released a brand new “beat tape,” featuring tunes like “Sad Piano,” and TroyBoi returns to OWSLA for “PAPI CHULO.” Camelphat throw it way back with a remix of Dirty Vegas’ iconic 2002 release, “Days Go By,” and KSHMR taps Mike Waters for “My Best Life.” Moon Boots and Steven Klavier are all “Tied Up,” and David Guetta and Martin Solveig deliver a club mix of “Thing For You.” Tiësto crafts a big room remix of Illenium and Jon Bellion’s “Good Things Fall Apart,” and Armin van Buuren, Avian Grays, and Jordan Shaw team up for “Something Real.” Sofi Tukker get groovy on “Swing,” and Valentino Khan and Diplo collaborate on a hefty house heater, “JustYourSoul.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

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