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October 1, 2016

Don't miss: 8 x ADE 2016 highlights

The latest posts from A-mag - Amsterdam’s city magazine. Created especially for international visitors and residents, it's packed full of insider tips for what to do and what to see in the city. Pick up your copy at an I amsterdam Visitor Centre, or see the current issue online.

Amsterdam Dance Event takes over the city for another colossal week of parties, talks and innovative events from October 19-23. Here are a few things you don’t want to miss.


Awakenings is back with a bigger bang, bringing five thumping nights of techno to the Gashouder, a circular behemoth of a venue that used to be a gas storage container back in the Westerpark’s industrial heyday. Each of the first four nights will be hosted by DJs lens Faki, Drumcode, Joris Voorn and Joseph Capriati, respectively. Keep an eye out on 22 October for German veteran Sven Vath, who’s coming back to ADE after three years of absence, and on 21 October for Kolsch, a two-time winner of ADE’s DJ Cook Off. And don’t you dare miss Awakenings’ ADE Closing Party on 23 October, a 12-hour marathon featuring big names such as Berghain resident Marcel Dettman.

Gashouder, Westergasfabriek


Photo: VAAG Photography

In just two years, RADION has become one of the city’s top dance music venues, turning a new leaf in Amsterdam’s history of urban transformation powered by dance music. Housed in the once abandoned Free University’s Faculty of Dentistry building in Amsterdam West, this club / café / exhibition space is the heir of Pand 14. Before the latter shuttered in 2014, it had grown from an experimental squat to a cultural venue with a 24-hour license, which RADION also holds. Make the most of its round-the-clock programming with a sophisticated ADE line-up, which includes Berlin-based new techno proponents Reclaim Your City, (19 Oct), Detroit techno legend Theo Parrish (23 Oct) and two Breakfast Club sessions for the diehard early birds (22-23 Oct).

RADION, Louwesweg


De School’s owners also happen to be the creators of the memorable Club 11 and Trouw. After Club 11 ran for four years in a disused post office demolished in 2008, Trouw rose from its ashes in 2009, occupying the eponymous newspaper’s former printing press. In 2015, Trouw had to give up its space, but in early 2016 it reincarnated into De School, a venue located in a former technical school. De School holds a 24-hour license, and includes a club with a capacity of 700 guests, a restaurant, an exhibition space, and a garden open to the public. During the summer the club’s acts were announced the same day they performed, so do your homework and read the house rules before you head down.

De School, Dr Jan van Breemenstraat 1


Photo: Darryl Adelaar

ADE’s programming is becoming more extensive and exciting each year, and new event ADE Live is a testament to that. As live electronic music is gaining a more prominent role on the global scene, ADE decided to give a new platform to rising young talent. Among the headliners of Day 1 (20 Oct) at Melkweg are RÜFÜS, a Sydney-based artist who makes atmospheric indie electronic dance pop and SUUUNS, a Canadian band keen on electronic rock, while Day 2 (21 Oct) at Paradiso and Sugar Factory includes performances from another Canadian, Jessy Lanza, an R&B-inspired synth-pop vocalist, and Dutch duo Polynation, who start musical conversation based on improvisation and a band-like approach to electronica.

Melkweg, Lijnbaansgracht 234A


NDSM Wharf

Ditch your dodgy hotel digs for the ADE Sleep/over, a luxurious pop-up camping that brings an outdoor festival vibe to the post-industrial chic NDSM Shipyard in Amsterdam North. The camping site comes with more than 400 heated sleeping pads and its own programme of music events, artist talks, and contemporary art installations and performances at venues such as the greenhouse structure of the Noorderlicht Café and popular shipping-container-concoction Pllek. The house-oriented line-up includes Hot Since 82, Laurent Garnier, Ben UFO and Dubfire. Don’t miss the Sleep/over’s epicentre, a typical Dutch spiegeltent decorated with mirrors and stained glass.



Renee van Dongen

This new music school will give music lessons to 500 talented local youngsters who cannot afford them. ‘It’s about all kinds of musical inclination: classical, playing an instrument, singing or DJing’, explains Sander Groet, Founding Partner of the A’DAM Tower. The school’s ambassadors and coaches – superstar DJ Martin Garrix, pop jazz songstress Caro Emerald and Jamai, musical theater performer and winner of Dutch Idols – reflect the range of genres being taught at the school. ‘We set up the A’Dam Music School as a charity to give something back to the city’, adds Groet. The school is still fundraising, so get some karma points by heading to their website and clicking the donations button.



Credit: Marc van der Aa

While ADE paints the town red, its partner in crime AMF takes over the city’s most colossal venues for a whooping five days of music spun by world-renowned DJS and mesmerising productions – the sets, installations and lighting alone are worth the detour. Between 19 and 23 October, the Amsterdam ArenA, Heineken Music Hall and the Ziggo Dome are hosting such iconic names as Dutch stalwart Tiësto, who will be ticking off the 500th episode of his highly influential Clublife radio special on 21 October at Ziggo, and Axwell Λ Ingrosso, who are celebrating their post-Swedish House Mafia success on 22 October at Heineken Music Hall. AMF opens with DJ MAG’s 2016 DJ Top100 award ceremony and party, when it will be revealed if Belgian duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike retained their crown.

AMF, various venues


For your daytime dose of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), you can pop by the I Amsterdam store in the Central Station, a 300 square metre affair aiming to bring you the best of Amsterdam’s iconic brands. For five days in October, you’ll have the chance to hear famous DJs, artists and producers share their dance music industry insights.

Find out more about Amsterdam Dance Event 2016

Words: Catalina Iorga