This year sees Amsterdam Dance Event celebrate a quarter century of dance music in the Netherlands with a series of events.
25 years have passed since house music’s initial explosion in the Netherlands during the summer of 1988, with the country having made a sizeable mark on the global scene that belies their relatively small population. ‘Mary Go Wild’, a new coffee table book written in touch, aims to chronicle the story of the Dutch scene through interviews with key players and an extensive array of photos. A two year, collaborative effort between more than 80 writers, photographers and visual editors, the book includes interviews with internationally famous Dutch figures such as Tiesto, Chuckie, Laidback Luke and Hardwell, as well as containing over 900 photos.
The opening party for ADE takes place this Wednesday 16th October and also doubles up as the release party for ‘Mary Go Wild’, with the event set to take over the Rabozaal area of the city’s famous Melkweg night club. Keeping in sync with the book’s theme, the night will feature an all star cast of Dutch veterans with Michael De Hey, Rejected ( Jooris Voorn & Edwin Oosterwal ) and the aforementioned 2000 and One all set to appear. An exhibition of photographs from the preceding 25 years of Dutch electronic music will be taking place on the night in the hall, with some tickets for the event still available here.
The 25th anniversary of Dutch dance music is a theme that continues throughout the week at ADE, with several exhibitions and talks. A series of panels at the conference will look back on Dutch electronic music history, whilst the city’s Red Light district and Museum square will be transformed to exhibit the work of photographers from the scene.
If you haven’t got a ticket or if last minute flights to Amsterdam are out of your budget, then there’s no need to fear as Hyponik will be keeping you up to speed with ADE from Wednesday onwards.
Photography: Dennis Bouman