Ten Things We Learned at ADE 2016

It’s Tuesday October 25th and the 21st edition of Amsterdam Dance Event ended less than 48 hours ago.

The whirlwind five-day conference and club festival was a marathon to say the least and for me, as a first time attendee of the conference itself (rather than just club events), a lesson on the power, scope and influence of ADE in today’s music industry. From Wednesday October 19th onwards until the early hours of Monday morning, the city of Amsterdam was entirely dedicated to the iteration of ADE, selling out the conference for the tenth consecutive year and breaking all sorts of records, totaling 550 speakers, over 2,200 artists in more than 140 venues, 1,000 events and approximately 375,000 visitors.

Life & Death at Thuishaven. Photo courtesy of Joris Bisschops

Life & Death at Thuishaven. Photo courtesy of Joris Bisschops


After attending several conferences and workshops, interviewing artists and networking with agents and publicists as well as attending nine different parties, I flew away from Amsterdam with absolutely no doubt of my intention to return in 2017, and with a few important lessons learned along the way:

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Listen to Techno and House Live Sets from ADE 2016

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It’s Monday and ADE 2016 is officially over.

But don’t fret; live set recordings from some of the best events and DJs are beginning to sprout up on SoundCloud already, and we have amassed them into a handy playlist for your listening pleasure.

Included are recordings from parties such as Awakenings, Mosaic x DGTL, Dockyard Festival, All Day I Dream and more. Artists featured include Len Faki, Lee Burridge, Truncate, Maceo Plex, Fur Coat, Kölsch, Claude vonStroke, Francesca Lombardo and Octave One.

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Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) Announces 2016 Dates

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All facets of global dance and electronic music culture will unite for the world’s largest club festival in October 2016. The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) will take place this year from the 19th to the 23rd of October with an expected 375,000 national and international visitors for its 21st edition.

ADE has continued to grow over the years morphing into the leading platform for the international dance scene. In 2015 alone, the festival featured 2289 artists playing in 100 venues over and for a large number of separate club night events, and a total of 500 speakers taking part in nine different conference streams. 2016 is poised to see festival organizers expand operations, including its extensive film, art, and audiovisual program and the number of day and nighttime activities.

“ADE has developed into a platform where every aspect of the global phenomenon that is dance music culture comes together. It is fantastic to see that Amsterdam has become a global destination for both music lovers and the music industry,” says ADE Director Richard Zijlma.

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