Dockyard Festival Announces ADE 2017 Lineup with Sven Väth, Âme, Oscar Mulero, Ben Sims

The well-established and influential Dockyard Festival returns to Amsterdam during Amsterdam Dance Event 2017 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, Oscar Mulero, Octave One and many more all scheduled to play.

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.  Dockyard Presents Cocoon with Sven Väth, Âme playing live, Ilario Alicante, Mano Le Tough, Markus Fix, Nakadia and Tim Green, as well as Mystic Garden Presents Mindshake featuring Paco Osuna, Cuartero, Eats Everything, Egbert live, Jairo, Luca Agnelli and Technasia.

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Reaktor Delivers Powerful Lineups for Thursday and Sunday ADE 2017 Showcases

Reaktor Events, the Amsterdam techno promoters known for their powerful lineups and well-curated techno events such as Unpolished, Era, Katharsis, and Nassau Festival, have just announced their ADE lineup and it’s heavy.

This year the brand will see itself present not one but two nights of raw, heavy techno at two of the city’s most notorious warehouse venues. Reaktor will feature DVS1’s Wall of Sound on Thursday October 19th at Warehouse Elemenstraat and a second event at NDSM Warehouse on Sunday, October 22nd.

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Amsterdam Dance Event Announces First Wave of Artists for 2017

Amsterdam Dance Event takes place from the 18th to 22nd of October, 2017. Since its inception in 1996, ADE has grown into a globally renowned platform for the international dance and electronic music scene. The festival is the perfect place to spot the latest musical trends and emerging talents, as well as hearing the most recent work of both electronic music pioneers and current superstar acts. In addition to the extensive line-up of the ADE Festival, the ADE Playground offers music enthusiasts a large and varied daytime program including exhibitions, in-store promotions, pop-up stores and film screenings all over the city center. The business aspect of the event (ADE Conference) is recognized as the most important of its kind, presenting a broad range of conferences and networking opportunities that focus on music and technology, VJs & visuals, sustainability, dance & brands, harder dance styles, new talent and the education of students.

2017 is set to feature around 2500 performers, an all-time record number, playing in over 140 locations around Amsterdam. ADE, the world’s largest club festival and the most important business conference for electronic music, today announced the first selection of artists for 2017.

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Awakenings Release ADE 2017 Lineups: Two Day and Five Night Specials

2017 is the year that techno monolith brand Awakenings is celebrating its 20th Anniversary.

Continuing the party, which already started with official celebrations in April and is about to be revisited during Awakenings Festival this month, the Dutch event series will expand further during Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) 2017, 18 thru 22 October 2017. Just like last year, five nights of Awakenings can be expected at the Gashouder on the Westergasfabriek terrain in Amsterdam. What is new, however, are the two day events scheduled for Friday October 20 and Saturday October 21. Awakenings is a fixed value of ADE, with invariably sold-out events and some of the best lineups in the area of techno and all its diversity.
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Amsterdam Dance Event Announces 2017 Dates and International Expansion


Between the 18th and 22nd of October 2017, Amsterdam will once again be invaded by hundreds of thousands of electronic music fans and industry experts for the latest edition of Amsterdam Dance Event. Following our presence at ADE 2016, and the many lessons we learned while there, we cannot but recommend the trip for anyone involved with or passionate about dance music.

ADE has now become the world’s largest club-based festival and conference for electronic music, featuring all facets of the world’s scene from EDM to Techno and from Trance to Trap. Featuring over 2,200 artists and 550 speakers in a record-breaking 140 venues, the 2016 edition was ADE’s largest yet, with around 375,000 expected national and international visitors for the 22nd edition later this year.

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Gorje Hewek & Izhevski Discuss Their Involvement With All Day I Dream


All Day I Dream‘s vision is one that transcends the mere scope of your run-of-the-mill party series. Founded by Lee Burridge on a hot Brooklyn rooftop back in 2011, the brand has gone on to become a worldwide phenomenon, spurred on by the promise of a dreamy journey through music no matter the city and the venue.

It was clear from the beginning that Lee’s Burning Man influences and prowess in the studio combined to provide an escape party unlike others in the United States, attracting thousands of “Dreamers” in Los Angeles, New York City and other cities who flocked to All Day I Dream in search of a transcendental foray into a magic and unparalleled world.

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Q&A: Jonas Kopp & Pfirter Release ‘Seek’ EP on PoleGroup

Jonas Kopp and Pfirter at  Dockyard Festival. Photography courtesy

Jonas Kopp and Pfirter at Dockyard Festival. Photography courtesy

During Amsterdam Dance Event we took the time to make it to Dockyard, a one-day festival complete with five massive stages housed in tents that sits somewhere between land and water, surrounded by shipping containers and cranes.

One of the stages was being hosted by Spanish techno record label PoleGroup, featuring some of the most exciting raw techno talent that could be found at ADE this year. Artists the caliber of Reeko, Oscar Mulero, Lewis Fautzi as well as Jonas Kopp and Pfirter all put on an impressive display that day, providing festival goers with a slice of hard-hitting techno that was mostly absent elsewhere at Dockyard with the exception of Surgeon and Lady Starlight at the Terminal One stage.

Jonas Kopp and Pfirter are an Argentinian duo that have been around for the better part of two decades now, finding their home in the dark cavern of broody, powerfully-driven techno that has made PoleGroup such a respected label worldwide. Today they are releasing a brand-new split EP entitled Seek, a six track musical journey that begins in space and travels to the dance floor, taking the listener on a trip filled with heavy kicks, profound ambient soundscapes and aggressive 909 sequences. You can stream the release below and find it for purchase via Bandcamp. We briefly caught up with the duo ahead of the release to discuss their work together and the collaborative elements that make them such a successful studio and DJ project.

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Watch and Listen to Maceo Plex’s Live Set From The Rijksmuseum at ADE 2016

Maceo Plex

During this past ADE, Maceo Plex went into uncharted territory by being the first electronic music artist to perform at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.

There he joined some of the most celebrated artists in history, including Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt and Vermeer for a two-and-a-half hour set at the museum’s bike passage. In attendance a selection of fans who signed up for free access to the specially-curated event by Audio Obscure via online registration.

During the set, the Barcelona-based producer, DJ, label-owner and party promoter played several of his own tunes including “The Replicant V2”, “Hang 106” and “Love On Time”, Aphex Twin’s “On”, “Maximaal” by Egbert & Secret Cinema, “Ballo dei Morti” from Brassica and many more.

The set was broadcasted via live video for 30 minutes and posted in full on SoundCloud.

Watch and listen below.

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

ADE Lasers

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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