This week marks the kickoff of the twenty-first edition of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE). Half conference, half festival, it's known the world round for being filled with parties, conferences, demonstrations, keynotes... and more parties. Over two thousand artists will be playing across nearly five hundred venues all over town. That's a lot to handle, let alone parse through, so we cherrypicked some standouts for you to make sure you don't miss the good stuff.
Start your week with a photo exposition on Dutch festival culture. Photographer Cleo Campert has spent her career capturing our homeland's festival culture by focusing on the environments surrounding it all, giving her images a unique flavor and angle.
During the beginning of the evening, Dutch imprint Top Notch and Vice will premiere their documentary about bubbling music, aptly titled Bubbling: Bandje 64, at the Melkweg Cinema. A must-see if you want to know what influenced big names like Hardwell, Afrojack, Chuckie, David Guetta, and Diplo.
After the Melkweg, you can move over to the Rabozaal, where DJ/producer Henrik Schwarz and the Metropole Orchestra will perform their "Scripted Orkestra" piece.
Last year, Jeff Mills took over the Rembrandt House; this year, VJ Heleen Blanken and DJ/producer Peter van Hoesen will do the honors with an art and sound installation.
At De Brakke Grond, you can join a Q&A with Joris Voorn, where he will share his experiences, opinions, and passions for music.
All week, you can attend the Mary Go Wild's basement raves at their store on the Zeedijk. There is no lineup, but judging by how things went down last year, we can safely say it will be epic.
Need some inspiration and rest after dancing your feet off? Then head over to the Compagnietheater where Berlin-based design and motion graphics studio Pfadfinderei will tell about their work.
Come sundown, the real deal starts. At the Elementenstraat HYTE is hosting three nights in a row, and they're kicking off with a pretty decent lineup featuring names like Speedy J, Robert Hood, Matrixxman, and the mysterious Haeken.
In the 90s, DJ Dano was one of the most infamous DJs in the Dutch gabber scene. Arne van Terphoven wrote Dano's memoirs in his recently published book Wat de fok, Ouwe, which, during his Music Talk, he will walk through while being guided by a soundtrack by the master himself.
At night, the bike tunnel underneath the Rijksmuseum will be taken over by the American DJ/producer Maceo Plex. Make sure you don't miss out on this unique event.
Dutch superstar DJ Martin Garrix hosts his own night at the RAI. One thing is for sure, he will go all out on this one.
If you're looking for more raw, underground vibes, head over to De Kromhouthal, where STRAF_WERK is hosting their first ADE night. With names like George Fitzgerald, Paul Woolford, Finnebassen, and De Sluwe Vos, we're certain you won't be standing still for a minute.
This year, the Breakfast Club takes over Radion with their all-day after-party. Want to drink your morning juice and chow down on croissants while dancing to DVS1 and Levon Vincent? This is the place to be.
Once again, Dockyard is taking over the NDSM area with an all-day festival, and, as always, their lineup is off the hook. Hard to pick favorites, but if we had to, they'd be Jonas Kopp, Exium, Abstract Division, and Lewis Fautzi.
Do you have young kids ready for their first ADE experience? Pop over to Martin Garrix's all-ages event in the RAI.
At night, ZeeZout is the place to be, with Bicep, Paranoid London, and Elias Mazian providing tune-age.
Still alive? First, relax and enjoy some music in virtual reality at the VR Cinema. After that, mister Ben Klock is the act to catch. He'll be hosting his own Klockworks event at the H7 Warehouse.