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History of Amsterdam Dance Event: Looking Back At Dance Music’s Biggest Gathering


Amsterdam Dance Event becomes Europe's hottest destination for electronic music every October with its unique artist and label showcases, pop-up parties, and round table discussions. But how did it all begin? Varun Luthra from The Bangin Beats looks into the event's 20-year long history.

This article originally appeared on The Bangin Beats

It’s almost mid October and like every year, the EDM community worldwide is getting ready for the leading electronic music platform and the biggest club festival in the world for the whole spectrum of electronic sub-genres, the Amsterdam Dance Event.

Just before we delve into the five-day multi-event celebration consisting of conferences, performances, ceremonies and what not, we at Bangin Beats shed some light at the history of ADE and take you down the road that ADE took in past few years to become a mammoth of gathering that it is now.

Started in 1996 as a three-day conference and attended by 300 delegates with thirty DJs performing, the ADE was initially based in De Balie for the daytime conference and at night featured shows in three venues: Paradiso, Melkweg and Club Escape. The event starts off on Wednesday with ADE Pro, ADE Tech. ADE Green and ADE University, with the popular DJ Cook-Off in the evening. Some of the artists who have appeared at ADE in the early years include Chuckie, Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, David Guetta, Laidback Luke, Fedde Le Grand, Fatboy Slim, Jay Lumen, Richie Hawtin, Afrojack, Paul van Dyk, Junkie XL and Chase & Status to name a few.


Read the full story by Varun Luthra at The Bangin Beats

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