It's that time of year agin - ADE is upon us and the entirety of the dance music industry will descend on Amsterdam for five days of talks, networking and partying. As the hotels fill up with boozy business meetings and the streets are clogged with club promo teams, the experience can seem more than a little overwhelming.
But with every DJ with their salt playing throughout the week and a host of world-class pop-up and permanent venues, there really is something for everyone, the only problem is choosing which of the 100s of events to attend.
We've got more than a few ADEs under our belts,. so we decided to put together this guide for 2017, so you know where to go, who to see and what time the afters go on to.
Soulwax’s David and Stephan Dewaele, a.k.a. 2manydjs go toe to toe with Canada’s finest in a celebration of their favorite music, the realities of life on the road and much more. Tiga and the Soulwax crew are well known to ADE regulars, but you might not know that they are also the best of friends. During a special MusicTalk the trio will be discussing a range of personal and musical topics including how they are affected by revivals of genres such as New Beat and Electroclash of which they were an integral part. This is, simply, an unmissable meeting of highly original and super-bright minds!
Thursday 16:00 - 16:45 | De Brakke Grond
One thing is clear about Nina Kraviz's music, she loves acid, claiming that, when she listens to it, it's like aliens are talking to her. She also admits to being unpredictable and spontaneous while making music, grabbing ideas from the air and pushing the 'record' button as and when she feels like it. Find out more about Nina, her music, and her creative life in this rare and intimate interview with one of the scene's true originals.
Friday 17:00 - 17:45 | De Brakke Grond
At ADE 2017, Roland will be showcasing its new products via a series of three workshops featuring leading DJ/Producers – each with their own unique take on DJing and how to stay ahead of the game. Egyptian Lover is a big character, so seeing him wizz through some production techniques should be both educational and hilarious.
Saturday 13:00 - 13:45 | ADE Festival Hangout
Dockyard will return for the 3rd year in a row with a brand new venue never been used before that is being specially built by the government for events and Dockyard will be showcasing the space at ADE. This year they have really stepped it up with the line up and invited Sven Vath, Ame, Mano Le Tough, Paco Osuna, Octave One, Eats Everything, Egbert live, Jairo, Ben Sims, Kirk DiGiorgio, Octave One live, Planetary Assault Systems live, Rod, Shifted and many more to join them.
Saturday 11:00 - 23:00 | N1 Park
f you were a kid who loved electronic music in the late 70s, there really wasn’t that much on offer, especially if you preferred pop to hippy prog noodling a la Tangerine Dream. Jean-Michel and Kraftwerk rightly get huge credit for forging a new way of making tunes that hit the mainstream charts, but in terms of lasting impact, they are at the very least equaled by Numan. One of the founders of contemporary pop and electronic music joins Dave Clarke for an in-depth conversation.
Saturday 17:00 - 17:45 | De Brakke Grond
The imposing Gashouder will once again play host to four nights of the toughest techno in the city. Our pick of the program? Friday's Paul Kalkbrenner takeover. Seven years since his last memorable appearance at the Gasholder, techno icon Paul Kalkbrenner comes back with his own personal show. It will find him present Back to the Future on the Westergasfabriek terrain with DJ Pierre & Phuture, Simina Grigoriu and Michel de Hey.
All Week 23:00 - 08:00 | Gashouder
The ZeeZout x ADE extravaganza is on again! At 4 events in 2 locations, they're showcasing over 25 artists. Including Call Super, Hunee and Mike Servito.
Thursday 22:00 - 08:00 | Undercurrent
One of the best parties in Ibiza lands in Amsterdam. Featuring a heavyweight lineup of all your Circoloco favourites including Seth Troxler, Damian Lazarus, Gerd Janson, Jackmaster and DJ Tennis.
Saturday 22:00 - 07:00 | Mediahaven
Audio Obscura and Rijksmuseum present a unique performance by one of electronic music’s most legendary acts: Underworld.
In this one-off free event, the museum’s iconic Bicycle Passage will provide the backdrop for a memorable live show.
Audio Obscura x Rijksmuseum present Underworld 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.
Friday 19:00 - 20:00 | Rijksmuseum
New spot De Marktkantine has put together a series of shows spanning all of ADE with big appearances from Jon Hopkins, DJ Harvey and John Talabot.
All Week 22:00 - 08:00 | De Marktkantine
A house music institution of vast proportions: Jamie Jones’ Paradise concept has travelled the world with great success and has been a close ally in DGTL’s ADE adventures. Now in their 3rd year of collaboration, they are bringing over the creme de la creme of the Paradise crew; Dubfire, Apollonia, Matador, Richy Ahmed, Patrick Topping, Andrea Oliva, Peggy Gou, Lauren Lane and Detlef.
Friday 22:00 - 07:00 | Scheepsbouwloods
Our pals over at Hed Kandi will proudly host their annual boat party on the Ocean Diva! Some of the finest Hed Kandi DJs worldwide and spectacular live-acts will give you a Taste of Kandi on board of the amazing Ocean Diva. At midnight the Ocean Diva will sail out on the Amsterdam IJ for an amazing view of the Amsterdam skyline.
Saturday 22:00 - 04:00 | Ocean Diva
This stunning venue is located on the 16th floor of the A’DAM Tower in Amsterdam Noord with sweeping panoramic views over the area. Friday morning is a Glasgow takeover, with Jackmaster inviting Optimo for his Mastermix show playing eclectic delights together for what could well be a taps aff affair. After parties don't come much better than this!
Friday 07:00 - 14:00 | Loft Amsterdam
Spread out over 3 areas at RADION Amsterdam with an appetising program and a free of charge breakfast. This time, the unique concept revolves around a varying array of artists such as Margaret Dygas, Dr. Rubinstein and Peggy Gou.
Saturday 07:00 - 18:00 | RADION
Although it's billed as a daytime event, with an 8am start time, this could easily be in after party territory for ADE. The venue for all this is Amsterdam’s Warehouse Elementenstraat, a one of a kind space that creates a very unique and special atmosphere. It is a throwback warehouse with raw aesthetics and a rough industrial feel at its heart, but finished off with a warm mood and cool production.
The HYTE Saturday Daytime event with a seriously heavyweight line-up of techno titans featuring Berghain’s Marcel Dettmann, Detroit’s Robert Hood, the celebrated Dekmantel Soundsystem, Ghostly boss Ryan Elliott, electro wizard DJ Stingray and French master DJ Deep.
Saturday 08:00 - 20:00 | Warehouse Elementenstraa
After last year's ADE infamous Afterhours at The Loft, Maceo Plex returns for another sunrise session. The secret guest that will play alongside Maceo will soon-to-be-revealed, but will no-doubt be a top level draw.
Saturday 07:00 - 14:00 | Loft Amsterdam
Give your head some air in the laid back setting of the ADE Hangover at the NDSM wharf. Rejoice, revive, get away from the crowd and chill out. Enjoy the most varied dishes from local tastewizards, stroll over the market and drink craft beer while you hang out with awesome bands and DJ's. All of this in the robust surroundings of four tents, hot tubs, ambient fires, a shitload of creativity and free entrance.
Sunday 12:00 - 23:00 | NDSM