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Amsterdam Dance Event Saw a Record Number of Attendees in 2017

If you followed any DJ/Producer on any of their social medias, you probably noticed that most of them are in Amsterdam, Netherland, for Amsterdam Dance Event at one point in this past week.

One can argue that ADE is the world's leading platform for electronic music. This year, for their 22nd edition, the conference attracted a record number of 395,000 visitors from 90 countries. ADE consists of 3 major programs; conference, playground and festival. This is some of the highlights from the event.


This year, more DJ’s share insight of their DJ and studio set ups in the ADE Soundlab, including Richie Hawtin, Oliver Heldens, Tiga and more. ADE Soundlab also discusses today’s major question for DJ/Producer in terms of the line between DJing and live electronic performances, and whether that line still exists.

While China pavilion host the first ADE pavilion who was built for professionals industry lectures, forum and debates, it was Morocco that was given a spotlight as this year’s ADE global view. The country highlight its growing music scene of young producers who mix local sounds with dance beats.

The night program, mostly known as the festival hosts several genre crossovers taken place in unique locations, such as the Underworld (special production of dance heritage act) performing at the Rijksmuseum and Colin Benders at the Rembrandthuis.


If you feel that the event is solely for the professionals and tend to gather older crowds, you can always attend festival Hangover held at the NDSM (northern part of Amsterdam) that welcomes families. Martin Garrix, Dutch-native most recently announced as DJ Mag's #1 DJ for the second year straight, also hosts all ages concerts during the ADE week.

With plenty of time to prep for the 2018 event, maybe next year will be your turn to head to Amsterdam for ADE.

Photos courtesy of Amsterdam Dance Event