For those headed to Amsterdam Dance Event, the eclectic pool of parties, showcases, panels, and haps can paralyze visitors with its scope. Dancing Astronaut is here to help with an evolving, constantly updated guide to the hottest events of the week.
Wednesday, 18 October
Oliver Heldens Presents: Heldeep / Paradiso
“Future house progenitor Oliver Heldens and his Heldeep labelmates will be taking over Amsterdam’s legendary Paradiso club for one truly epic night to kick off Amsterdam Dance Event in the finest fashion. Fans can expect to hear lots of exclusive new material from the roster as everyone brings their A-game for ADE and producers often create special bombs to road test during the week.” –Heldeep
Pan-Pot Presents: Second State / De Marktkantine
After last year’s amazing and successful Second State night at De Marktkantine during Amsterdam Dance Event 2016, the label is coming back for more. Together with Pan-Pot, the label has cooked up a very special line-up for their Amsterdam Dance Event showcase this year featuring sets from Nick Curly, Amelie Lens, and Joey Daniel alongside an extended set from the titular techno titans.
Insomniac Records Presents: Record Record / Nova
“Whether you’re an industry type or simply a nightlife maniac, there’s no other place on the planet to be during mid-October than ADE. The annual dance music conference and its party-hopping itinerary have become regular highlights of every passing fall season. Then again, it’s hard not having the time of your life in Amsterdam, especially when seemingly the entire dance community shows up to explore the city.
Last year, the Insomniac Records team got in on all the action with their first official label party at oaK, and it was more fun than a few of us can even remember. Since the debut went over so well, the team is totally stoked to be returning for another unforgettable night at the centrally located venue. This time, they’re teaming up with French imprint Record Record for their first-ever ADE showcase, with Point Point, Droeloe, Devoted, and a “very special guest” (we’ll let your imagination wander for now) being tapped for the occasion.” –Insomniac
5 Years of Protocol / Melkweg
“On October 18th, Protocol once again takes over the iconic milk-factory-turned-concert hall, The Melkweg, for a wild night of house music and hedonism. This year’s showcase is the pinnacle of Protocol’s massive fifth-anniversary celebrations and will feature over twenty of the label’s established stars and rising talent across two rooms. Protocol’s ADE celebration is gearing up to be one all-nighter you don’t want to sleep on!” – ADE
The Sound You Need / W Hotel
This year’s TheSoundYouNeed showcase will take place at the exclusive W Hotel featuring big draw names like Purple Disco Machine, Motez, and so many more. The event is free to attend and fans are sure to love this energetic brand’s killer sense of sonic style.
Spinnin’ Sessions / AIR
“What started out as a radio show is now a bespoke international live event concept. Be sure to enjoy a solid Sessions party with some of the most renowned artists out there including Bassjackers, Breathe Carolina, Jay Hardway, Joe Stone, Kris Kross Amsterdam, KURA, Lucas & Steve, Mike Williams, TONY JUNIOR, Ummet Ozcan and plenty of surprise guests.” – Spinnin’
Thursday, 19 October
Monstercat Uncaged / Melkweg
“For the second straight year Monstercat are back for another spectacular show! Amsterdam Dance Event always has a special place in our hearts as the setting of our first-ever European show. Since then, we’ve expanded to more cities, venues, and festivals than ever!
It’s an absolute thrill to return to Amsterdam with Bassrush & Run The Trap Events this year at Melkweg MAX! We look forward to seeing you at Monstercat Uncaged ADE Presented by Bassrush on October 19th @ Melkweg!” – Monstercat
A Night With Bitbird / Melkweg
“bitbird is returning to the Melkweg Amsterdam for their first ever Amsterdam Dance Event showcase in collaboration with Run The Trap Events!
With our unconventional thoughts about music we’re ready to bridge the gap between EDM and any other kind of genre. With a packed line up ready, the night is bound to be full of energy, especially with our good friends from Monstercat being next door to us! Feel free to double dip this party and enjoy both rosters.
We want to take every chance we can get to truly connect with our audience. Expect good vibes, an intimate setting and other special surprises…” –bitbird
Armada Invites: A State of Trance / Armada HQ
Trance titan Armada kicks off their series of ADE programming with the first of several invitational events to take place at the label’s headquarters. Their first event will celebrate A State of Trance with sets from Sultan + Shepard, Fedde Le Grand, Nicky Romero and so many more. All events will take place in an intimate club built inside the offices of the imprint.
Friday, 20 October
Paul Kalkbrenner’s Back to the Future / Gashouder
“Seven years since his last memorable appearance at the Gasholder, techno icon Paul Kalkbrenner comes back with his own personal show on Friday October 20th. It will find him present Back to the Future on the Westergasfabriek terrain as part of Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), with DJ Pierre & Phuture, Simina Grigoriu and Michel de Hey.
Paul Kalkbrenner’s Back to the Future will present remixes and mashups of techno classics that he himself grew up with, and it comes in association with Monumental Productions, who are also behind the world class Awakenings.” –Awakenings
Chuckie & Friends / Escape
After last years madness one thing was certain, Chuckie will be back during ADE with a killer party featuring a slew of special guests including Sidney Samson, ChildsPlay, Abstract and more.
HYTE / Warehouse Elementenstraat
Global party brand HYTE returns to Amsterdam for the fourth consecutive year of Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) warehouse parties. HYTE will once again be taking over Amsterdam’s Warehouse Elementenstraat with one of it’s most impressive lineups to date. International DJ headliners, upcoming talent and leading music labels and brands are combined with cutting edge production that will transform the no-frills space of the legendary warehouse into a techno temple for the hordes electronic lovers gathered in Amsterdam.
The four HYTE events during Amsterdam Dance Event make use of the venue’s newly granted 24-hour license, with extended opening hours ensuring an almost non-stop party sanctuary. HYTE does not disappoint with its ever-growing army of heavyweight headliners; Ricardo Villalobos and Seth Troxler head up the warehouse on Friday’s opening night, joined by Amsterdam stalwart Steve Rachmad, Sonja Moonear and Dutch wunderkind, Ferro. In the Club room Enzo Siragusa returns with his London-based FUSE crew – a partnership that has been further cemented this summer as FUSE join HYTE in Ibiza for four dates throughout the season. Enzo is joined by regulars Archie Hamilton b2b Rossko, Seb Zito and Rich NxT.
With barely a second to catch a breath, the party continues with the very first daytime event of HYTE during ADE at 08:00 in the morning. The Saturday daytime event sees Berghain resident Marcel Dettmann joined by Detroit legend Robert Hood, Dekmantel Soundsystem, Ghostly’s Ryan Elliott, the man behind the new Kern mix for Tresor DJ Stingray and French star DJ Deep.
Starting from 22:00 on Saturday it goes on with the seemingly unstoppable Pan-Pot, Rekids head honcho Radio Slave, Monoloc and Benny Rodrigues’ techno-focussed alias, ROD, in the warehouse, with Chris Liebing lined up for a monster 6hr set – a chance for the techno veteran to exhibit the darkest depths of the powerful and uncompromising sound he is famed for. The Saturday night event is an extended one, it does not end before Sunday, 12:00 noon, and also features Cuartero, Wouter S and Man With No Shadow in the Club room.
Sunday night’s closing belongs to Desolat boss and HYTE favourite Loco Dice, as he turns to the warehouse into a no-holds-barred final blowout of the ADE week, with his trademark tech-house swagger and punchy, bass-heavy beats. He is joined by Guti and William Djoko in the warehouse. Amsterdam’s own Slapfunk label take over the Club room with Samuel Deep back-to-back Julian Alexander, LockLead, Anil Aras and POV live.
And for those who can’t get enough of HYTE: The party crew organised an afterparty on Monday morning at a secret location. More details on this last HYTE event during ADE week to be announced…
Underworld / Rijksmuseum Bicycle Passage
“Audio Obscura x Rijksmuseum present Underworld at the Rijksmuseum’s Bicycle Passage, is a rare opportunity to see the group up close and personal as the space is transformed into an intimate club venue, playing host to a lucky limited crowd of music lovers. Following on from last year’s ADE event in the same space, the show provides a platform for the museum to engage with new and exciting audiences, enabled by Audio Obscura’s mission of bringing dance music artists to historic and cultural venues.” -Press release
The Magician Presents: Magic Tape Live / Wolf Atelier
“As fans may know, The Magician’s kinetic Magic Tapes started seven years ago, and their enduring popularity is a large part of his success today. To celebrate the 75th(!) edition, he will be hosting a Magic Tape Live party in Amsterdam, also inviting TCTS and George Kwali to the lineup. He’s had plenty of commercial success through his hits with Lykke Li and Years & Years, but the Magic Tapes are a way for The Magician to showcase his more club orientated roots.
Even more excitingly, the event will be hosted at posh restaurant Wolf Atelier—a raised shipping container-like building and a gorgeous space which features floor to ceiling windows looking out over the water right by Amsterdam Centraal.” -Press release
Saturday, 21 October
Hot Since 82: presents Knee Deep In Amsterdam / Kromhouthal
“Last year’s sold out edition of Hot Since 82’s long running party series was such a success that the producer had no choice but to do it bigger and better. The robust Kromhouthal acts as the venue and once again Knee Deep In Sound’s friends and family will fill it with house tunes till the early morning. Fans should expect full on UK madness in an Amsterdam warehouse.” –KDIS
Dockyard Festival / N1-Park, Westpoort
“The well established and influential Dockyard Festival returns to Amsterdam during ADE on Saturday October 21st 2017. Promising to be the most spectacular edition to date, it all goes down in the new location of N1-Park in Westpoort with Sven Väth, Âme, Eats Everything, Ben Sims, Kirk Degiorgio, Octave One and many more all lining up.
Dockyard is the only techno festival that takes place during ADE and is a great way to round out the week. As well as the usual great production, light, sound and stage design, you can expect four different areas over the course of the 12 hour party. These are Dockyard Presents Cocoon with Sven Vath, Ame playing live, Ilario Alicante, Mano Le Tough, Markus Fix, Nakadia and Tim Green, as well as Mystic Garden Presents Mindshake fearing Paco Osuna, Cuartero, Eats Everything, Egbert live, Jairo, Luca Agnelli and Technasia.
Then Polegroup also host their own stage with Oscar Mulero, Exit, Kwartz b2b Lewis Fautzi, Peal and more, plus Terminal One Present Machine with Ben Sims, Kirk DiGiorgio, Octave One live, Planetary Assault Systems live, Rod, Shifted and Truncate.
Dockyard is a one day house and techno spectacular that famously marks the end of ADE and is all set to be bigger and better than ever before in 2017.” – Dockyard
Martin Solveig’s My House / Escape
“Global multi-platinum selling French artist Martin Solveig will be returning to Amsterdam Dance Event this year, throwing a special edition of his popular ‘My House’ party at Escape Amsterdam. From its first night at Pacha Ibiza 3 years ago, Solveig’s ‘My House’ party series has grown exponentially over the past few years; gaining remarkable success on the international festival and club circuit. Fans are sure to enjoy this lighthearted event with a stacked line up that also includes The Magician, Kungs, Jax Jones, Danny Howard and more.” -Press Release
Trap Nation: Enter the Vortex / De Balie
“On October 21st Trap Nation will have its first showcase in Europe during ADE 2017! One of the biggest YouTube music channels will host a variety of worlds biggest artists including Troyboi, Party Thieves, NGHTMRE, Fabian Mantzur and more.” –Trap Nation