If you are one of those people who gets pumped for a night out, then gets into a club where the tunes are top 40, with a stale vibe that was left somewhere in a previous decade, then Amsterdam Dance Event will probably leave you in tears of joy. Be warned though, you probably won’t ever be able to walk into a standard club again without sobbing to yourself in a corner. This is an electronic lovers clubbing mecca, with over 100 locations, 450 events, 2000 artists and 200,000 partygoers, all with the same idea about what a night out should be.

For people who love a dash of history, culture, canals, bike riding, Van Gogh, gay pride and hedonistic corners, Amsterdam is your Nirvana. Amsterdam Dance Event brings together the best of the electronic industry and allows both fans and professionals to be inspired by one of Europe’s greatest partying cities. 

The event kicks off in mid-October every year and runs for 5 days. Every tiny sub-genre is catered for, and no ears are left unsatisfied. The list of artists featured in 2018 is hectic, boasting the likes of

Laurent Garnier, Martin Garrix, The Martinez Brothers, Oliver Heldens, Adam Beyer, Peggy Gou, Carl Cox, Detroit Swindle, Solomon, Tough Love, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, it really just never ends.

These big name stars are also blurred with the like’s indie-electronica talent of Australia to Sweden exports.

They don’t just sell out on the big names, Amsterdam Dance Event genuinely does encourage you to take your ears on an adventure to find new, and niche music loves.

The week is not just about partying and listening to music. For anyone who wants to be apart of the electronic and dance music world, it is a chance to learn more about it. From making music to promoting, managing, events and marketing the best minds from behind the scenes are also there to dish the dirt on making it, and surviving, in one of the world’s most cutthroat industries.

You can check out what went on through the Amsterdam Dance Event Webpage and listen to streams on what you missed out on. If you are a particular sufferer of Fomo though, we don’t recommend watching the videos.

ADE kicks off this week. Here are some events we recommend checking out.


Wednesday 17 October

Awakenings ADE Hard Opening Night (22:00-08:00) / Gashouder (link)

DJ Mag Asia @ Mad Fox / Mad Fox (link)

STMPD RCRDS label night (22:00-05:00) / United Studios (link)

Oliver Heldens presents Heldeep @ Q-Factory (22:00-05:00) / Q-Factory (link)

Sam Feldt Invites You @ Scheepvaartmuseum (22:30-03:00) (link)

Skatepark NOORD Pres: SkateRave ’18 with Joris Voorn & Friends (16:00-22:00) / Skatepark NOORD (link)


Thursday 18 October

The Hidden People FMLY Agency (20:00-06:00) / Hotel Arena Amsterdam (link)

R.S.R Showcase (19:00-03:00) /Huis van Iemand Anders (link)

Audio Obscura x Spectrum (22:00-05:00) / Lil’ Amsterdam (link)

Armada invites Loud Luxury @ Mad Fox / Mad Fox (link)

Awakenings x Adam Beyer presents Drumcode ADE (22:00-08:00) / Gashouder (link)

Café Mambo Ibiza presents: ADE Special (22:00-03:00) / Café in the City (link)

DGTL presents Jeff Mills, Nina Kraviz, Bicep and more (22:00-07:00) / Scheepsbouwloods (link)

Sander van Doorn @ Armada Club / Armada Office

Studio KOTO label night (23:00-05:30) / Kopstootbar (link)


Friday 19 October

Audio Obscura x Stephan Bodzin (20:00-03:00) / Scheepvaartmuseum (link)

Audio Obscura x Charlotte de Witte (22:00-05:00) / Lil’ Amsterdam (link)

Awakenings x Maceo Plex presents Mosaic (22:00-08:00) / Gashouder (link)

DGTL x Paradise (22:00-07:00) Scheepsbouwloods (link)

Gianluca Vacchi @ Mad Fox / Mad Fox (link)

Martin Garrix – 18+ (22:00-06:00) / Amsterdam RAI (link)

Sander van Doorn @ De Bajes (22:00-05:00) / De Bajes (link)


Saturday 20 October

Night Mayors (6pm-3am) @ Huis Van Lemand Anders (link)

Audio Obscura x Mariel Ito @ Amsterdam Centraal Station (22:00-05:00) / Lil’ Amsterdam (link)

Awakenings x Joris Voorn & Friends (12:00-22:00) / Gashouder (link)

Awakenings x Joseph Capriati invites (23:30-08:00) / Gashouder (link)

DGTL x Bonobo pres Outlier (22:00-07:00) / Scheepsbouwloods (link)

Jack Back @ Mad Fox / Mad Fox (link)

Martin Garrix – all ages (13:00-18:00) / Amsterdam RAI (link)

Young Gunz x Julian Jordan & Friends (23:00-05:00) / Martin’s Social Club (link)


Sunday 21 October

Awakenings ADE by Day (12:00-22:00) / Gashouder (link)

Awakenings x Klockwork presents Photon (23:00-06:30) / Gashouder (link)

Filth on Acid presents Reinier Zonneveld & Friends (22:00-06:00) / De Marktkantine (link)

Sono Records @ Mad Fox / Mad Fox (link)


Exclusive Parties

Sam Feldt Invites You ADE 2018 (10:30-3:00)@Scheepvaartmuseum (link)