After a crazy summer of travelling between the UK and Ibiza for work (and pleasure) I thought I would round off the chapter nicely with another trip, this time to Amsterdam for ADE. Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is a five-day electronic music conference and festival held annually in mid-October. It offers a full program of daytime conferences with talks from the likes of Grammy nominated Bonobo and night time programme featuring 450 events, 2,200 artists over five days in 115 clubs. This is one if the busiest clubbing cities in the world, so if you want to see some of the best DJs in some of the best venues, get to ADE 2019.
It was my first time visiting ADE and I was taken aback with the buzz it creates across the city. If you work in the music industry this is the perfect place to come and network as you can arrange meetings through the day and then party at night. This is the place where new talent is showcased and plans are made for the following years events. One piece of advice I would give is to plan all your meetings on the Wednesday and Thursday because by Friday you will just want to P.A.R.T.Y.
Travelling to Amsterdam from London is pretty easy, you can get the Eurostar for less than £50 one way. It takes the same time to fly and means you can take lots of luggage and won’t be charged any extra for it. If you do fly you can catch a train direct from Schipol airport to Amsterdam Centraal station for €5 and it takes around 15 minutes.
The venues in Amsterdam are incredible, they remind me of some of the clubs in Berlin. As there’s so many events going on at the same time my group tried to squeeze in two or three parties a day. I went to see Bicep play live at DGTL on the Thursday night. The venue was vast, quite similar to the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester where The Warehouse Project was based for a few years. On Friday night I went to the 15 years of Toolroom party at The Loft Amsterdam. This party is held on the 16th floor and has an incredible view of Amsterdam. The party had a really nice vibe with stand out sets from Tough London and Illyus & Barrientos. The second venue of the evening has to be THE best venue I’ve ever been to EVER! Gashouder is based in an old gasworks complex, housed in an old industrial building. It’s a large, pillar-less chamber with an iron roof and a maximum capacity of 3,500. It’s circular shape is so vast that they have a fireworks display at the end of the night, and if you fancy a massage they even have an area for that, although I’m not sure I could relax to Techno!
Saturday was spent wandering around the beautiful streets of Amsterdam and soaking up the amazing architecture whilst stopping off for food and drinks at the Food Hallen. In the evening we went to the Circus Recordings event at Thuishaven. Resident Advisor states ‘this is not a club, or a warehouse, it’s a unique experience’, and they were not wrong, it’s amazing! Thuishaven is located on the western outskirts of Amsterdam but definitely worth the mission. It had two huge circus tents with DJs playing from Patrick Topping in the Circus Temple to Richy Ahmed in the Circus Dream tent. There was a shipping container used as an 80s bar and another steel building with incredible images projected onto the sides. The stand out set was from Dennis Ferrer who played the closing set in the Circus Dream tent. The production of the event was brilliant, I would definitely say this is a must see if you visit Amsterdam. Next stop was Circo Loco to see Denis Sulta. This venue was close to Thuishaven which was handy but the layout of the venue was quite confusing, probably because it was a car park! The vibe was great and the crowd was fun, Circo Loco never dissapoints.
Like festivals but hate camping? Check out ADE 2019!