The 18th annual Amsterdam Dance Event will take place from October 16th to October 20th in 2013. The world renowned event experienced massive growth in 2012, with over 200,000 festival visitors, 3800 conference delegates and over 1700 international artists performing across 5 full days of electronic music. 2012′s crowning achievement was the ADE playground, wherein attendees were treated to studio sessions, equipment demonstrations, film screenings, exhibitions and more by some the top DJs and producers in the business. In 2013, ADE plans to expand the size and scope of both the conference and the Playground to accommodate the expected growth.
ADE Director Richard Zijlma had this to say;
“We intend to further expand ADE Playground this year in order to build a truly great creative platform that reflects the richness and diversity of both electronic music and global dance music culture.”
I sat down at a table in the Dylan Hotel in Amsterdam and ordered a coffee. All around me, clusters of people were gathered at other tables and bars, talking business and listening to new music. The vibe was as exciting as it was professional — and despite my lack of sleep on the overnight flight, I was energized and ready to go. (A double shot of espresso in my hotel beforehand didn’t hurt either.)
Amsterdam Dance Event is a five-day music conference and festival that takes place in the Netherlands in October. The conference, ADE Pro, is a global gathering of ‘delegates’ — over 3,800 in total — and official events take place nightly along with countless other parties thrown by the agencies, record labels, or simply the artists themselves. It’s a showcase for dance music from all over the world, and it serves as a gigantic meetup for the people who care most passionately about the scene.
In honor of Amsterdam Dance Event, we’ve compiled an assortment of tracks representing the wide variety of music being played in Holland this week. Ranging from tech house and techno to breaks and hardstyle, this 10 track playlist is the next best thing to a one-way ticket to the Netherlands. Click after the break for your chance to live out the Amsterdam Dance Event vicariously through our playlist.
With all the talk of future techno these days, Dutch minimal legend Koen Groeneveld continues to prove he’s anything but the past. “Stesstjopper” is a multifaceted production that builds from bitcrushed organ chords into a dark after-hours groove, replete with stuttering synths and off-kilter industrial samples. It’s a groovy techno piece with slabs of electro blended flawlessly from first bar to last. With the infectious pull of the electro-heavy breakdown and the incessant chord play to follow the drop, this song will make for a great peak-time banger. Unless you’ve got a flight to his native Netherlands for Amsterdam Dance Event, catch it on his Abzolut imprint’s Terminal 4 release today.
Amsterdam Dance Event, the world’s largest dance music conference, returns to the Dutch capital from October 17th to 21st. Now in its 17th edition, the sheer scale of the conference and accompanying nocturnal club festival is mind boggling — this year some 700 DJs, 3,000 panelists and 140,000 fans from 62 countries are expected to make the pilgrimage.
Today, some major dance heavyweights announced their parties, and if you’re a techno fan, you’ll be licking your lips. The Westergasfabriek venue looks like the place to be – On Wednesday, Fatboy Slim, Christian Varela, Nicole Moudaber, and Charlie Hedges will support Carl Cox at his Global 500 event there. On Thursday, Adam Beyer will present his Drumcode party, while on Friday, Richie Hawtin will bring Dubfire, Loco Dice, and others to realize his ENTER concept. Green Velvet and SHM-killer DJ Sneak will join British techno baron Dave Clarke at a separate venue, Melkweg, on Friday.