In Photos: Amsterdam Dance Event Is Electronic Music's Most Important GatheringArticle by: Laura Mason|@masonlazarus
Tue October 25, 2016 | 00:00 AM
Electronic music's hottest annual event took over Amsterdam last weekend, as Amsterdam Dance Event spread across the Netherlands' capital city for its 21st iteration and tenth sold-out year in a row. Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is the world's biggest club festival for dance music and an important business platform for the electronic music industry. This year’s edition hosted 1000 events featuring 550 speakers, over 2,200 artists in more than 140 venues, and an astounding 375,000 visitors.
ADE is composed of three parts: the Festival itself, the Conference and the Playground. Amsterdam has a rep for a blazing nightlife scene, and 140 various nightclubs, museums buildings, businesses and unconventional venues were transformed for ADE’s nighttime festivities. Musicians like Craig David, David Guetta, Dixon, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, DJ Harvey, Francesco Tristano, Gilles Peterson, Jessy Lanza, Hudson Mohawke, Jazzy Jeff, Laurent Garnier, Laurie Anderson, Martin Garrix, Maya Jane Coles, Nicole Moudaber, Netsky, Philip Glass, Rebekah, Richie Hawtin and Seth Troxler took the stage in places like Rijskmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum, even the Van Gogh Museum.
The "Playground," a dance-related lifestyle program, delivered film screenings, music hardware presentations, art shows and exhibitions, interactive talk shows, promotional activities and pop-up musical performances at 25 creative hotspots around the city. It's not ALL play at ADE though. The business side of things had a programming focus on expert insight into the harder and urban music genres, the connection between dance music and brands, the relationship between music and technology, and sustainable, ecologically responsible practices for the global dance music industry.
Check out photos from this years dance music smorgasbord below.
Photo by: Amsterdam Dance Event