A Clubber’s Guide to ADE 2018

Tomorrow marks the start of the Amsterdam Dance Event, one of Europe’s premier celebrations of electronic music. A city known for its rich cultural heritage and thriving nightlife, ADE builds upon the Dutch capital’s prestigious reputation as a leading destination for dancing. During the day, the city will host conferences from major players within the contemporary electronic music network, covering topics such as business strategy, innovative technology and current musical trends. At night, the hedonistic side to the city rears its head with an elite programme of club nights and events. 160 locations across the Venice of the North are set to stage the very best in electronic music, turning ‘dam into Europe’s rave hub for five action-packed days. We’ve picked our favourite events from the upcoming night programme to help guide you in the right direction and make your festival experience one for the ages.

WEDNESDAY: The Bunker New York 15 Years at JACK

Kick-starting the festivities at JACK, a venue which only opened on the last weekend of August, is an event showcasing New York’s finest, The Bunker. Legendary promoters that have been laying it down in the Big Apple and beyond for over 15 years, and bring all that experience to the table for this shindig. Rrose’s spellbinding selection is always fresh and on point, and the same can be said for label founder Bryan Kasenic and decade-long resident Derek Plaslaiko. Topping it all off, Esther Duijn characteristically heavy techno is sure to turn heads and get those feet moving.

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THURSDAY: Intercell x 47 at H7 Warehouse

Over the past few years, Intercell has brought some of the biggest names in techno to the Venice of the North, treating H7 ravers to blockbuster line-ups at their blistering events. 47, the label run by Berlin-based Tommy Four Seven, is another imprint at the forefront of contemporary techno, releasing pile-driving music from Killawatt and Headless Horseman. Teaming up for this Thursday night throwdown, the collaboration sees AnD, Headless Horseman, Phase Fatale, VSK and Killawatt join Tommy behind the decks for a night of boundary pushing techno.

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FRIDAY: ZeeZout x Dimensions at Undercurrent

Two heavyweight festivals collide to bring you a night of broken beats, house and techno in Amsterdam harbour, with the Dimensions Soundsystem crew spinning a few records on the floating venue. Canadian discwomen Ciel and Peach will no doubt bring fire and flavour to the dancefloor, whilst local disc-jockeys L’Atelier and TITIA are sure to sound out their funky, hand-clapping selection on the party. Fredy K and Silent Servant’s no-nonsense brand of techno will get the place moving, before The Hacker’s alter ego Amato brings his live set-up along for what promises to be a structure-testing performance.ut

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FRIDAY: Into The Woods at NDSM Wharf

Not many events over the 5 day marathon can boast a line-up as diverse and deep as this Friday night extravaganza. The Dutch Festival team have assembled a genre-spanning all-star cast full of international acts at the forefront of their scenes. As funky as it is ferocious, anyone can find something to boogie along to at NDSM. DJ Bone, Optimo and Paula Temple’s dark and destructive techno contrast against the hip-hop infused disco of The Planty Herbs, whilst Jayda G, Red Axes and DJ Fett Burger all adding tiles to the sonic mosaic expected on the night. KiNK and Matrixxman also feature in this motley mash-up of musicians, highlighting the accessibility of the event.

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SATURDAY: Cartel x Paradiso: Detroit Love at Paradiso

Amsterdam meets Detroit for a Saturday night featuring some of the motor city’s most respected OGs. Carl Craig, one of the founding fathers of Detroit’s dance sound, flys in to the Dutch capital with a merry band of fellow Detroiters and a record bag brimming with 808-riddled classics. 313 representatives Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson join the Craig-curated party with their pioneering sound for a history lesson in classic techno and good vibes. Representing Motown alongside these three trailblazers are Amp Fiddler, playing a live set, and Wajeed, with local disc-jokeys Awanto3, Khalil, Taylan Alan, TITIA, and Mino Abadier completing the lineup.

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SUNDAY: Club Night ADE at noorderling

Hailing from The Hague, I-F has been a vital cog in the Dutch music machine since the 90s, running the Viewlexx and Murdercapital labels that have become synonymous with powerful mechanical electro. Joining the Intergalactic FM boss are four equally talented selectors: Gerd Janson, Solar, Pasiphae and Moody Mehran. Janson’s floor-filling sets are joyous celebrations, picking tunes from crates all over the metaphorical record shop. San Francisco native Solar’s selection is similarly eclectic and thoughtful, marrying techno and house cuts beautifully. Pasiphae has released weighty EBM and electro on Artifical Dance and BioRhythm, whilst Moody Mehran never fails to raise the roof with funky rump-shakers.

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ADE takes place from 17th to 21st October. Check out the official website for more info.

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