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9 Unforgettable Festival Escapes Worth the Flight

Music festivals have been popping out everywhere and in different parts of the world, all with different concepts, lineups and offering diverse experiences from one another.If you’re one of the many people who has done their local and national festivals many times already, why not plan a trip with your friends or fly solo and find the inner music adventurer within you by attending a new festival abroad?

Enjoy beautiful sceneries and get lost in new countries and cities, all the while experiencing some of your favorite DJs in the process, some of which you may never get the chance to see back at home. From all over the globe, we give you nine of the most unforgettable festival escapes worth the flight:

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Dekmantel 2017 features Jeff Mills, Floating Points, Larry Heard, Ben UFO, Joy Orbison

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The massive Dekmantel 2017 lineup has been released. This year’s event is set to begin a day earlier spanning Wednesday through Sunday, August 2nd through the 6th.

Antal b2b Hunee, Ben UFO, Bicep, British Murder Boys, Floating Points, Joy Orbison b2b Jon K, Jeff Mills b2b Tony Allen (live), Larry Heard are some of the many artists on the bill.

On Wednesday there is one special performance by Steve Reich, a minimal music pioneer, at Muziekgebouw Aan ’t IJ, a concert hall for contemporary classical music.

Thursday will “serve up a dazzling display of live music that reaches all across the musical spectrum. Both legends and modern virtuosos will be sharing stages shattered across five different venues along the IJ river, a stones throw away from Amsterdam’s city center.”

Live performances from Steve Reich, Larry Heard, British Murder Boys, Jeff Mills b2b Tony Allen, Karenn, Floating Points (who will also DJ), Bicep, and an audiovisual collaboration from Arca and Jesse Kanda.

DJ sets by the likes of Peggy Gou, Nina Kraviz, Antal b2b Hunee, Anthony Parasole, Ben UFO, Jon Hopkins, Marcel Dettmann, Rødhåd, Volvox & Umfang, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Joy Orbison b2b Jon K, Job Jobse b2b Midland, and Palms Traxx, while Robert Hood and Donato Dozzy b2b Peter Van Hoesen will be hybrid performances.

The festival will host its usual four stages this year; each one showcasing a different variety of talent. They are the Mainstage, Greenhouse, UFO, and Selectors stages.
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At the Mainstage, you can expect to see Mathew Jonson (live), Job Jobse b2b Midland, Bicep, Robert Hood (live), Floating Points, Ben UFO, and Antal b2b Hunee. With a massive stage-wide display in the background, the Mainstage will be equipped with “unchampioned artisans, albeit exceptional DJs or compelling live-acts.”

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The Greenhouse stage is famous for its luscious, leafy setting taking place under a clear roof. You can expect to see the likes of Jeff Mills b2b Tony Allen (live), Helena Hauff, Joy Orbison b2b Jon K, D.A.F. (live), and much more.
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The UFO stage is positioned to transcend your musical journey at Dekmantel that will “bring you the best there is in experimental and futuristic techno, noise and electro.” You can find Ø [Phase] (live), Matrixxman, Rødhåd, Discwoman’s Volvox b2b Umfang, Anthony Parasole, Karenn (live), and the British Murder Boys (live) here.

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Last but certainly not least, the Selectors stage (which has grown into its own mini festival, Dekmantel Selectors) showcases a maximum of five artists per day with a broad spectrum of musical selections. Nina Kraviz, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Marcel Dettmann, Objekt b2b Call Super will boast their talents here.

Pre-sale tickets will go on sale January 24th at 12 pm Amsterdam time, 3 am LA time. Regular tickets will be made available on January 25th at 12 pm Amsterdam time, 3 am LA time.

Full lineup:

Antal & Hunee / Arca (dj) & Jesse Kanda (av) / Ben UFO / Bicep (live) / British Murder Boys (live) / D.A.F. (live) / Donato Dozzy & Peter Van Hoesen (hybrid) / Fatima Yamaha (live) / Floating Points (dj) / Floating Points (solo live) / GAS (Wolfgang Voigt) (live) / Helena Hauff / Jeff Mills & Tony Allen (live) / Job Jobse & Midland / Jon Hopkins (dj) / Joy Orbison & Jon K / Karenn (live) / Larry Heard (Mr. Fingers) (live) / Marcel Dettmann / Marcos Valle / Masters At Work / Mathew Jonson (live) / Monolake – Lumière III / Motor City Drum Ensemble / Nina Kraviz / Objekt & Call Super / Omar S / Palms Trax / Robert Glasper Experiment / Robert Hood (hybrid) / Rødhåd / Steve Reich & Slagwerk Den Haag / Sun Ra Arkestra / Tuxedomoon

A Certain Ratio / Ancient Methods & Vatican Shadow / Andy Stott (live) / Beverly Hills 808303 (I-F) / Dax J / Dekmantel Soundsystem / Demdike Stare / DJ Nobu / Dopplereffekt (live) / Dorian Concept (live) / Factory Floor (live) / Forest Swords / Joe Claussell / Joey Anderson / Juju & Jordash (live) / Lena Willikens / Lorenzo Senni (live) / Matrixxman / Nathan Fake (live) / Optimo / Overmono (Truss & Tessela) (live) / Ø [Phase] (live) / Red Axes (dj) / San Proper / Tom Trago (live) / Ultradyne (live) / Unforeseen Alliance (live) / Young Marco

Aleksi Perälä (live) / Anthony Parasole / Awanto 3 (live) / Bariş K / Beatrice Dillon / Byron The Aquarius / Central / Colin Benders (live) / Das Ding (live) / Dekmantel Festival Opening Conference / Deniro / Dr. Rubinstein / Eclair Fifi / GE-OLOGY & Red Greg / Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids / Illum Sphere / Inga Mauer / Interstellar Funk / Jameszoo / Jayda G / Marie Davidson (live) / Occult Orientated Crime (live) / Parrish Smith / Peggy Gou / Phuong-Dan / Resom / Shanti Celeste / Stump Valley / Talismann (live) / Tijana T / Vladimir Ivkovic / Volvox & Umfang

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5 Performances Not To Miss During Awakenings’ 20th Anniversary

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The legendary Awakenings is celebrating its 20th anniversary with five massive parties spanning from Thursday, April 13 through Sunday, April 16 2017.

To commemorate this massive event, Awakenings has partnered with Monumental Productions and, Amsterdam based publisher, Mary Go Wild to produce an anniversary book for the occasion.

Most importantly and for the first time ever, the event will feature a day party on Saturday, April 15th from 11 am to 10 pm with heavy hitters Joris Voorn, Ben Klock, Adam Beyer, Jeff Mills and Chris Liebing all performing.

The remainder of the events take place during the night from Thursday to Sunday with the likes of Nina Kraviz, Pan-Pot, Sven Väth, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Bart Skils, 2000 and One, Marcel Dettmann, Dave Clarke, DJ Billy Nasty, DJ Rush, Kölsch, Len Faki, Luciano, Seth Troxler, and Ricardo Villalobos all scheduled to play at Amsterdam’s revered Gashouder venue.

Weekend tickets are sold out, but single days are still available. We suggest you act fast, as this will sell out.

Who Not To Miss

Sven Väth – April 13
The German mastermind that is Papa Sven has been a long-time friend of and performer at Awakenings. Thanks to his signature vinyl-only performances, upbeat techno tracks and funky synths, he’s sure to keep the crowd dancing throughout his entire set.

Ben Klock b2b Marcel Dettmann – April 14
These two gentlemen have been at the top of techno lists around the world and rightfully so. Their dynamic b2b sets ooze characteristic Berghain pounding techno with thrilling twists and turns throughout, making them our standout back-to-back choice for Awakenings’ 20 Year Anniversary celebration.

Jeff Mills – April 15 (Day) 
A space wizard with endless talents, Jeff Mills is one of the most well-seasoned techno producers and DJs to roam this earth. His sets are known to incorporate cosmic synths and spacial sounds, providing timeless and out-of-this-world techno inspired emotions.

Dave Clarke – April 15 (Night)
Another Awakenings and veteran techno producer, Dave Clarke will bring the heat with heavy drums and a signature old school sound that blends techno and electro with effortless precision. The Amsterdam-based UK producer debuted with his first release in 1990 and yet remains at the forefront of today’s underground with good reason: his penchant for quality music above all else.

Ricardo Villalobos – April 16
Unnecessarily talented, Ricardo Villalobos is known to be the king of eclectic mixes, from spiraling sounds with deep bass to spirit-liberating techno. As an Awakenings veteran and one of the most sought-after talents in the world, there is no doubt that he will not disappoint for the festival’s 20th Anniversary.

Full Timetable Awakenings - 20 years

April 13th – Night

22:00 – 00:30 Dimitri & Remy Unger
00:30 – 02:30 Derrick May & Kevin Saunderson
02:30 – 04:30 Sven Väth
04:30 – 06:30 Pan-Pot
06:30 – 08:30 Nina Kraviz

April 14th – Night

22:00 – 01:30 Bart Skils & 2000 and One
01:30 – 05:00 Adam Beyer & Joseph Capriati
05:00 – 08:30 Ben Klock & MARCEL DETTMANN

April 15th – Day

11:00 – 13:00 Kabale und Liebe (Dj/Producer)
13:00 – 15:00 Joris Voorn
15:00 – 16:30 Ben Klock
16:30 – 18:30 Adam Beyer
18:30 – 20:15 Jeff Mills
20:15 – 22:00 Chris Liebing

April 15th – Night

23:30 – 02:00 DJ Billy Nasty
02:00 – 03:45 DJ Rush
03:45 – 05:30 Dave Clarke
05:30 – 07:15 Chris Liebing
07:15 – 09:00 Jeff Mills

April 16th – Night

22:00 – 00:00 Lauhaus
00:00 – 01:45 Luciano
01:45 – 03:30 Seth Troxler
03:30 – 05:15 Ricardo Villalobos
05:15 – 07:15 Joris Voorn & Kölsch
07:15 – 09:00 Len Faki

Connect with Awakenings for more information: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram 

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Ten Things We Learned at ADE 2016

Life & Death at Thuishaven. Photo courtesy of Joris Bisschops

Life & Death at Thuishaven. Photo courtesy of Joris Bisschops

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.

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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Maceo Plex Will Perform Special ADE Set At Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum

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Rembrandt, Vermeer, Vincent van Gogh and… Maceo Plex. For one night only, the Barcelona-based producer and DJ will be joining some of the greatest painters and sculptors in history when he performs atAmsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.

Set to take place next week on the 21st of October, this will be the first event of its kind for Rijksmuseum, who has previously never collaborated with an electronic music artist in its long rich history. The high-profile ADE gig will take place at the museum’s bike passage, matching the venue’s vision of elaborating new exciting ways to allow visitors to experience the art contained within its walls.

Rijksmuseum is famous world over as being the home of some of the greatest works of art from the Dutch Golden Age, but also boasts an important and large collection of music instruments as well as various paintings depicting scenes of music. Testament to that, is the fact that Eric Estornel, known to his fans as Maceo Plex, visited the museum personally where he listened to unique recordings from its collection of classical instruments as a source of inspiration.

Although the event is free of charge, groups of 2-4 will need to register before the 12am deadline of October 18th.

21 October | Audio Obscura pres. Maceo Plex x Rijksmuseum | Register | Rijksmuseum Bike Passage 7-11pm.

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Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) Announces Full 2016 Programme

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This year’s Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) has now announced its complete program for this coming October, with well over 2,200 artists, 450 announced conference speakers and an astounding 140 participating venues.

There is absolutely no doubt, with these figures and the quality of artists participating, that ADE is the world’s biggest dance music club festival as well as the leading business and conference platform for the electronic music industry. To celebrate their 21st anniversary since its inception back in 1996, ADE is expecting a record breaking 375.000 attendees from all corners of the globe.

The beauty of ADE is on its focus on a wide spectrum of electronic sub-genres, turning the picturesque city of Amsterdam into one of the busiest and most awe-inspiring clubbing destinations in the world. The city’s most revered nightlife and music venues are involved with the extended weekend of festivities, including Melkweg, Paradiso, Westergasfabriek, the Concertgebouw, Heineken Music Hall, Ziggodome and NDSM Wharf, and the city’s newest hotspots Claire, De School and Shelter.

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The names added today to the already extensive lineup include Afrojack, Anja Schneider, Antal, Armin van Buuren, Boddika, Breach, Danny Daze, Dimitri from Paris, DJ Stingray 313, Eats Everything, Erick Morillo, Floating Points, Four Tet, Heidi, HVOB, I-F, Job Jobse, Legowelt, Martin Solveig, Matthew Dear, Modeselektor, Moodymann, Oliver Heldens, Philip Glass, The Hacker, Todd Terry, Tom Trago ,Voices From The Lake, and Yellow Claw and Young Marco.

Below is just a selection of top-tier DJs, live acts and artists scheduled to play between October 19th and 23rd. Check out ADE’s website for the full roster

Adam Beyer (SE), Afrojack (NL), Anja Schneider (DE), Antal (NL), Armin van Buuren (NL), Axwell Λ Ingrosso (SE), Baris K (TR), Beautiful Swimmers (US), Ben UFO (GB), Benji B (GB), Boddika (GB), Breach (GB), Carl Craig (US), Craig David (GB), Danny Daze (US), Dash Berlin (NL), David Guetta (FR), Dave Clarke (GB), De Sluwe Vos (NL), Dekmantel Soundsystem (NL), DJ Harvey (GB), Dimitri from Paris (FR), Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike (BE), Dixon (DE), DJ Stingray 313 (US), DVBBS (CA), Eats Everything (GB), Ellen Allien (DE), Floating Points (GB), Four Tet (GB), Francesco Tristano (ES), George FitzGerald (GB), Gilles Peterson (GB), Goldfish (ZA), Guti (AR), Guy J (IL), Hardwell (NL), Heidi (CA), HVOB (DE), Hunee (DE), I-F (NL), Jackmaster (GB), Jeff Mills (US), Job Jobse (NL), Joost van Bellen (NL), Joris Voorn (NL), Kölsch (DK), Laurie Anderson (US), Legowelt (NL), Lunice (CA), Martin Garrix (NL), Martin Solveig (FR), Matthew Dear (US), Matthew Herbert (GB), Maya Jane Coles (GB), Modeselektor (DE), Moodymann (US), Monika Kruse (DE), Nicole Moudaber (GB), Octave One (US), Palms Trax (DE), Philip Glass (US), Radio Slave (GB), Rebekah (GB), Redshape (DE), Richie Hawtin (CA), Sam Feldt (NL), Seth Troxler (US), Showtek (NL), Sidney Samson (NL), Skepta (GB), Stefano Noferini (IT), Sven Väth (DE), Subp Yao (NL), Tale of Us (IT), Teebs (US), The Hacker (FR), Tiësto (NL), Tiga (CA), Todd Terry (US), Tom Swoon (PL), Tom Trago (NL), Valentino Khan (US), Vic Crezee (NL), Voices From The Lake (IT), W&W (NL), Wiwek (NL), Yellow Claw (NL) and Young Marco (NL).

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The conference itself will be divided into nine separately themed programs, covering every aspect of today’s dance music industry with focus on business professionals, start-ups, aspiring producers and musicians, students, VJs, visual artists and stage designers. Further, the program has been organized so that it features, “in-depth expertise and insight into the harder and urban music genres, the connection between dance & brands, the relationship between music and technology, and sustainable, ecologically responsible practices for the global dance music industry.”

Some of today’s announced speakers include Joris Voorn (NL), Laurie Anderson (US), Philip Glass (US) and Nicky Romero (NL), plus Rob Newlan (GB, EMEA director Facebook Creative Shop) and Matthew Ogle (GB, creator Discover Weekly Spotify). They join a selection of already announced speakers for a total of 450 scheduled talkers. Visit the ADE conference programme for the full list and schedule.

Connect with ADE: Online | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Win an INTENSE Trip to Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) 2016!

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Want to go to ADE, Amsterdam, for free?

HostelWorld and Resident Advisor have partnered up to provide accommodation for party goers traveling through the world to attend electronic music events. To commemorate their collaboration, they are giving away a trip to Amsterdam Dance Event 2016, including accommodation and party tickets for a lucky dance music fan and a friend.

Included in the winning prize

– 2 flights to Amsterdam
– 5 nights accommodation at ClinkNOORD
– Plus 2 5-day ADE passes, access to 100+ clubs and more

You can enter the competition here. Competition closes at 5pm on 22/9/2016. The winner will be notified by email on 23/9/2016.

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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.

For more information about ADE: www.a-d-e.nl

De School Locks in Lineup for 2016 Opening

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In the wake of Trouw’s closure last year, the up-and-coming new club De School will give a head start to the new year. The Dutch club will remain open seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day starting January 3 for a good five year run. Read more

Jeff Mills Transported Into the Time Tunnel by Little Alien People at ADE Performance

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October 21, 2015. On this very day, Marty McFly travels into the future to save his children in Back to the Future Part II. In an alternate universe, little aliens appeared at Jeff Mills’ performance at ADE and brought him through the Time Tunnel. So in honor of Back to the Future Day and Jeff Mills’ out-of-this-world performance, we dive down the rabbit hole of techno and its relation with futurism and science fiction.

Techno came about as an assimilation of ideas about music and futurism (afrofuturism in the Detroit scene) in a progressive society that coincided with developments in modernism, capitalism, and technological spirituality, à la Alvin Toffler’s The Third Wave. This is where the term “techno rebel” became synchronized with the identity of being one who listens to techno music. Read more