Review

10 standout events from this year’s ADE

The world's biggest celebration of underground music

Amsterdam Dance Event is an incredible five day event that features a huge program of industry conferences and over 1000 events spread around the city. Attracting more than 300,000 people each year, this busy event turns the city of Amsterdam into one gigantic celebration of electronic music.

Here are 10 of our top parties from ADE 2019.

10. Minitech Recordings
Amsterdam’s fast-growing minimal techno label supplied this year’s ADE with their signature bouncy style in some of the city’s most intimate locations. Taking over famous spots like The San Francisco Bar and John Doe, the label featured an impressive Minitech showcase as well as an invites night to close off the week.

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9. DGTL
DGTL claimed the industrial area of NDSM Loods for multiple displays of live techno, electronic music and some of the world’s leading DJs. Featuring tantalising live shows from Modeselektor, Floating Points, and Richie Hawtin as well as performances from genre icons Marcel Dettmann, Jeff Mills, Bonobo, and Âme.

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8. Loveland
This year’s ADE featured another selection of collaboration events from Loveland and other leading brands. The gigantic Warehouse Houthavens saw events hosted alongside Cocoon and Paradise, whilst Mediahaven Amsterdam featured a Circoloco and a 909 night. Huge kitted out venues with equally large lineups making for 4 insane and truly unforgettable parties.

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7. Intercell
The intimate H7 Warehouse saw a weekend filled with the darker side of techno. Intercell’s combination of hard, heavy beats and intense gothic visuals made for an incredible show. Featuring some of the biggest names in techno, multiple nights were hosted by the likes of Paula Temple, Perc, and Rebekah all before I Hate Models closed the final show.


6. VBX

The infamous VBX brand always pull out the stops for ADE, this year hosting five events over the weekend and making use of the non-stop party venue BRET for a night event and an after-hours party. A collaboration with the mighty Awakenings saw the talented Ricardo Villalobos alongside Craig Richards and more. The Lofi theatre played host to an easing sunrise session, all before a final afterparty on the impeccable Veronicaship to round off the weekend.

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5. Elrow
ADE’s final day saw the elrow team return to Amsterdam for a day of groovy house music with their iconic wild party themes, this time dressing the venue in a Rowsattack sci-fi special. The large event space of De Kromouthal received the signature elrow makeover and saw a day full of costumes, confetti, and insane decor. The lineup included fan favourites Andrea Oliva Eric Morillo, Michael Bibi, and Patrick Topping as the secret guest.


4. Mystic Garden + Dockyard Festival 

The beautiful Havenpark in the west of Amsterdam was transformed into an immersive psychedelic experience that was packed with creative displays, impeccable stages and a broad selection of DJs. The day saw an incredible mix of talents including Eats Everything, Solardo, Dense & Pika, Len Faki, Charlotte De Witte and many more.

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3. Verknipt
Taking over Amsterdam Studios, Verknipt returned to ADE for three days of pumping parties. Three large warehouses filled with incredible sound systems, hypnotising light displays and packed out with an energetic crowd. Day one and two featured the likes of Deborah De Luca, Egbert, Victor Ruiz, a b2b from Fjaak and Fadi Mohem, SHDW & Obscure Shape all before the final night which saw sets from wAFF, Latmun abd Cloonee to close off the final night.


2. Audio Obscura

The brand famous for utilising iconic spaces were back for another busy ADE. This year using three outstanding locations: The A’dam Loft, a stylish venue with views of the whole city, featured talents like Tale Of Us, Dennis Sulta, Maceo Plex, and Daniel Avery. Amsterdam’s famous Central Station hosted parties from Patrick Topping’s new label Trick and a show from Motor City Drum Ensemble. The grand music hall: Muziekgebouw aan’t Ij hosted performances from Adriatique, Len Faki all night, and a spectrum event featuring the likes of Hot Since 82 and Joris Voorn.

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1. Awakenings
Throwing an staggering 10 events spread between two of the city’s most iconic venues, the unrivalled team behind Awakenings took full control of their home; The Gashouder and the infamous Warehouse Elemenstraat. The Gashouder featured shows with Drumcode, Afterlife, Charlotte De Witte’s KNTXT, Joris Voorn & friends, and a Joseph Capriati invites party. The Warehouse saw events with Boris Brecha’s FCKNG Serious label, Carl Cox’s Awesome Soundwave, Ricardo Villalobos x FRRC x VBX, and Maceo Plex’s Lone Romantic all before Amelie lens’ Exhale label took over the venue for a crazy 24 hours party. Five days of unreal light shows, mesmerising pyrotechnic displays, and incredible artists combined to craft the unbeatable Awakenings experience.

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Another stellar year at the world’s biggest dance event, which continues to grow in size and prominence with each annual stint. Welcoming every name imaginable in underground dance music to a city bursting with character and awe-inspiring venues both large & small. There really is nothing like Amsterdam Dance Event.

Image Credits
DGTL – Jordy Brada, Tim Buiting
Loveland – FotographNiels, Rachel Ecclestone, Brian Lubking
VBX – Brian Lubking
Mystic Garden + Dockyard – Dennis Bouman,
Audio Obscura – Audio Obscura
Awakenings – Florian Schmitt, Mark Richter, Simon Trel, Yannick van de Wijngaert