Head downtown and find out what’s happening in Amsterdam’s city centre
This year's ADE features almost 200 venues - all spread across Amsterdam - playing host to different festival and conference events throughout the week. Now we have come to the beehive of Amsterdam; the city centre.
From ADE LIVE and African-Carribean Music to Techno
Let's start at De Melkweg; a pop venue and cultural centre with live music, club nights, art and film events, located at the Leidseplein. No less than thirty events (yes thirty) will be held during day- and nighttime, among which, the opening concert by Sohn and The Metropole Orkest. Melkweg joins forces for the fourth year with Paradiso for ADE LIVE, featuring Apparat, Catching Flies, Tourist and many more on Thursday.
During daytime, visitors can catch several movies and documentaries at the Melkweg Cinema as they will screen 30 Years Dutch Dance and Berlin Bouncer (2019), among others. Expand your cinematic experience during the preview of Playtime (1967) where Peaking Lights are playing a live score.
Exit the Melkweg and head left. After a five minute walk, you will find an exotic place to dance, located at the waterside, called Waterkant (Dutch for waterside). Expect a colorful oasis of Afro-Caribbean music as KD Soundsystem & Friends take you on a musical journey through West-Africa and the Caribbean. The venue also plays host to a Shesaid.so x ADE Lunch and Colorful, where it will be all about connecting. Walking a bit further to the Lauriergracht check out The Consious Club for a talk about the universal power of sound, meditation, yoga and live music.
Find Paradiso, a former church just around the corner of Leidseplein. The venue has been a part of ADE since it all started and this year they are set to host 15 nighttime events, including ADE LIVE featuring De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig, Larry Gus, Warhola, and many others on Wednesday. More on the bill are DJ Ez, Giegling, Hayden James, Nick Murphy and Tchami & Malaa to name just a few.
ADE PRO Conference
A stones throw away the main ADE conference hub is housed in DeLaMar Theater, where you can enjoy inspiring talks, keynotes, panels and workshops of speakers like GAIA, Hannah Wants, Sam Feldt and many many more.
Asian, French & Berlin vibes
In the same area you can find the Chicago Social Club, where The Toolroom family is kicking off the week on Wednesday. Parquet has invited D-Nox & Beckers and Gabriel Ananda to take over Thursday night with tech-house. Enjoy a minimal-tech version on Friday as Berlin-based Keinemusik will take over the club with &ME, Adam Port, Rampa and Reznik. If you are into afro-beats then stay, because Girls Girls Girls is up for Saturday with some dancehall tunes.
Enter the Korte Leidsedwarstraat and there you can find Jimmy Woo, NOVA and Suzy wong. Its signature look, originates from Jimmy Woo’s personal view of the world, from South Africa, Italy, Asia, and LA to the Belgian brasseries and nightclubs in the sixties to eighties. The heavy steel doors next to Jimmy Woo houses club NOVA. Cocktail lounge Suzy Wong will take you into the world of modern American, with oriental and classic French elements. All these clubs have invited a large variety of international artists such as Carnage, Chocolate Puma, Justin Mylo, Nelson Dior, Yung Felix, and many others.
Find Club Up on the other end of the Korte Leidsedwarstraat, which offers a wide range of genres and eclectic evenings from Wednesday til Saturday. They will host De Microclub, a club evening from 8 PM to 0.30 AM for 23+ with funky and uplifting house music. You can stay if you want to, because Music High Court and Run The Trap will take over afterwards.
Just around the corner of Leidseplein the ADE Guesthouse is situated at De Balie. Visitors will be able to dive into the conference events and meet vital industry players from leading regions with on Wednesday House of China, on Thursday French Electronic Lab and closing off on Friday with Asia Konnekt. Besides the conference events, De Balie will also house nighttime events hosted by 3NTRY China and Steve Aoki's Dim Mak. On top of all this, Elysian Records will team up with Magic Music. Very close to de Balie you can find Cafe in the City where Roger Sanchez is set to host his Intimate Sessions.
This is just a quick round-up of the go-to places on and around Leidseplein, with still so much more venues to discover like Kopstootbar (with a.o. Paylogic Hangout), La Favela amongst others.
LGBTQ, dance veterans & dance battles
Head a bit more North for Amsterdam's most (in)famous LGBTQ street; the Reguliersdwarsstraat. It houses multiple LGBTQ-bars, like for example Club NYX which has a full five-day ADE-program hosted by Cesqeaux, Lady Bee, LNY TNZ, Vato Gonzales and Don Diablo's Hexagon.
Follow Reguliersdwarsstraat, cross the road and head right to end up on Rembrandtplein, a square just like Leidseplein where you can dance until the morning light in clubs such as AIR, Claire, Escape, Prime and others. Claire is ready-ing itself for several house and techno events from Wednesday until Saturday where you can find Denis Sulta playing an all-nighter on ADE-Wednesday. Other nights will be filled with artists like Archie Hamilton, Chris Stussy, Detroit Swindle and KAMMA among others. If you are more into Trance, Rap or Urban, head towards AIR where Tiësto will host his own night to celebrate the 10th Year Anniversary of his label Musical Freedom. Smash The House will take over Friday night for an event filled with Big-Room House. And don't forget about Bizzey on Wednesday and Broederliefde on Saturday for some smooth beats.
Prominent in the middle of Rembrandtplein, you will find Escape; a multi-spaced venue for a total clubbing experience, consisting of Escape Club, Lounge, Delux and the Royal Room which all together are hosting 14 club nights. From bangers with Leandro Da Silva, Marnik and Quintino to a Femmazing women-only club night and Asian networking events. Historical note: just like Paradiso and Melkweg, Escape was one of the first ADE venues ever.
Let's continue with 50:HERTZ as they are taking over Bar Lunar and Live Amsterdam at Rembrandtplein to present more than 20 free showcases in collaboration with labels from all over the world. Also worth visiting is De Kleine Komedie close to Rembrandtplein, where you can enjoy a performance from two live analog synth artists, LudoWic & YAN.
Heading towards Amsterdam Central Station, you will walk into venues like PRIK and Café The Queens Head. Last one mentioned is one of Amsterdam's oldest LGBTQ bars. They will kick-off ADE with GDE "We All Dance Together", featuring a LGBTQ line-up, spread across more LGBTQ bars including Club YOLO, PRIK, and The Web.
Supperclub, which is just a little further around the corner of the Bloemenmarkt, brings a night full of spectacle with steaming music, provocative performances and artistic visuals. Besides five club nights, the venue will also host a culture clash dance battle. The aim of the battle is to bring different cultures together under the umbrella called hip-hop. 36 dancers from abroad and The Netherlands have been invited to participate. Culture Clash is all about love for dance, for other cultures and for life. For more hip-hop and trap, don't miss out on Bitterzoet's program.
ADE Zen Space
Nearby you will find the 17th century De Waalse Kerk. De Waalse Kerk is a Protestant church that has been in use since 1586. The church will be the home to ADE's Zen Space, the new four-day program which offers meditative art and music experiences in order to have a break from the high pace of ADE. The packed program includes a one of a kind sleeping concert hosted by Circle Of Live and Breakfast Club. ADE Zen Space will be open from ADE Wednesday to Saturday from 12 (noon) until 8 PM and is accessible for ADE Card, ADE Pass and ADE Conference Pass holders.
Don't forget to visit several in-stores on the way. From Wednesday through Saturday Rush Hour is set to host one and Bordello A Parigi as well, with a fine selection of DJ's everyday. Zwart Goud expanded itself to a vinyl record store, blog, radio, events & electronic music playground, and will do an in-store during the week including a Q&A with Freddy K. MARY GO WILD, is well known for- and home to the Dutch nightlife and club culture. Being a store, brand and music platform they will also host several store-gigs with Gem Records, Joost van Bellen, Willie Wartaal and more.
ADE Sound Lab
While being in the neighbourhood also drop by at De Brakke Grond and Compagnietheater, where ADE Sound Lab is housed - the multi-day track covering everything about sound, creativity, and technology. Their program starts Wednesday, October 16th and rounds up Saturday October 19th. De Brakke Grond is also set to host ADE Beam Lab featuring inspiring audiovisual talks, showcases the latest software, and looks behind the scenes of creative directors like Christopher Bauder, Polina Zakh and others.
Koepelkerk, Amsterdam Central Station and Meneer Nieges
Close by you will find another church called the Koepelkerk. The imposing church is hosting a two-night program featuring Mike Williams and Ofenbach’s brand new shows. At Amsterdam's Central Station Spinnin’ has found its home inside Lil' Amsterdam, located in the 'Amstelpassage' from Wednesday till Sunday. Mixmash Records will host a pop-up store on Thursday. Also, Roughstate will bring some thundering beats of Hardstyle to the train station, in addition Tchami and Audio Obscura will host their own events in the Amstelpassage.
Going through a tunnel with windows and mirrors just outside the Central Station, you will find Meneer Nieges at the waterfront. Visit Lumberjack in Hell hosted by no one other than Marcel Vogel, who is widely known for his labels Lumberjacks in Hell and Intimate Friends. Head east from Central Station and find Ihlia, a formerly International Gay / Lesbian Information Center and Archive that focuses on collecting information about the LGBTQ culture. While being in the area do visit Mediamatic for DIADROMÍ, an installation made by visual artist Heleen Blanken, that portrays the refinement of a system, creating a symbiosis between five small greenhouses.
We tried to show you all the corners of the city centre, but the best thing is to pick your cherries in our program yourself, which you can find here. You can find all the venues located in Amsterdam’s city centre listed below.
Photo credits: Jack Pinkman, Jimmy Woo, Kirsten van Santen, Lieke van den Oord and Mark Richter.
Venues in the city centre
50:HERTZ Techno Café Red Light District (San Francisco Bar)
50:HERTZ House Café Rembrandt Square (Live Amsterdam)
50:HERTZ Techno Cafe Rembrandt Square (Bar Lunar)
Black Gold Amsterdam
Bordello a Parigi
Café The Queen's Head
Chicago Social Club
Chin Chin Club
Club YOLO The Jungle Amsterdam
De Kleine Komedie
JD Williams Whisky Bar
Lil’ Amsterdam Central Station
Mary Go Wild
Room Mate Hotel Aitana / I-Dock
50:HERTZ Techno Cafe Leidse Square (Suzy Wong)
The Conscious Club
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Wednesday, 02 October 2019
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Tuesday, 01 October 2019
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Monday, 30 September 2019
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Thursday, 26 September 2019
Club Mystique debuts at ADE with five events
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
The RA Cup returns to ADE
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
Four ADE days up ahead at BRET
Thursday, 19 September 2019
Chicago house and Middle Eastern soundscapes find their way to Pacific
Wednesday, 18 September 2019
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Monday, 16 September 2019
Caterina Barbieri, Ruben Spini and Tim Hecker to take on Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
Friday, 13 September 2019
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Thursday, 12 September 2019
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Wednesday, 11 September 2019
Ruigoord announces their three-day program
Tuesday, 03 September 2019
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Monday, 02 September 2019
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Wednesday, 28 August 2019
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Wednesday, 21 August 2019
Ponton launches five events during ADE
Tuesday, 20 August 2019
ADE LIVE adds De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig to its line-up
Tuesday, 20 August 2019
Claire reveals full ADE program
Thursday, 15 August 2019
Audio Obscura expands program by adding two events at Lil' Amsterdam Central Station
Wednesday, 14 August 2019
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Tuesday, 13 August 2019
Oliver Heldens & Friends to take over Paradiso
Friday, 09 August 2019
Sam Feldt enters ADE with fundraising event 'Heartfeldt Neon Jungle'
Wednesday, 07 August 2019
House My Disco invites Eric Redd, Norwood & The Weather Girls to The Queen's Head
Wednesday, 31 July 2019
Thuishaven announces four ADE day- and nighttime events
Monday, 29 July 2019
Breakfast Club makes its way back to ADE with a two day program
Wednesday, 24 July 2019
Dockyard and Mystic Garden join forces to host more than 50 artists at Havenpark
Friday, 19 July 2019
Monstercat returns for a two-room takeover
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Two nights of STRAF_WERK at De Kromhouthal
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
De Marktkantine to host KOMPAKT Label night on ADE Saturday
Sunday, 14 July 2019
Paradiso introduces 'A Night By..' at ADE
Friday, 12 July 2019
Audio Obscura invites Adriatique, Dr. Rubinstein, Joris Voorn, Len Faki and more to Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
Thursday, 11 July 2019
Intercell announces their four day techno schedule at H7 Warehouse
Monday, 08 July 2019
Nicky Romero and Protocol Recordings to take on Melkweg
Friday, 05 July 2019
Reinier Zonneveld set to perform a 12-hour live set at De Marktkantine
Tuesday, 02 July 2019
Verknipt rejoins ADE with Fjaak, Matador, ROD and many more
Friday, 28 June 2019
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano to launch Exposed at ADE
Thursday, 27 June 2019
Rounding up the first artists of ADE 2019
Wednesday, 26 June 2019
Dave Clarke announces Luke Slater, Paula Temple and many others for the Melkweg
Tuesday, 25 June 2019
Martin Garrix returns to ADE for his signature all ages and 18+ nights
Tuesday, 25 June 2019
Loveland presents full ADE program
Thursday, 20 June 2019
TIKTAK back at ADE with Carnage, Lil Kleine, Ronnie Flex and more
Thursday, 20 June 2019
DGTL announces complete program with Marcel Dettmann, Richie Hawtin and more
Wednesday, 12 June 2019
Hospitality brings Drum & Bass to ADE
Tuesday, 11 June 2019
SOHN & Metropole Orkest to perform ADE opening concert
Thursday, 06 June 2019
Tomorrowland adds line-up to Our Story nights
Tuesday, 04 June 2019
Armin van Buuren and Tiësto set to play AMF
Sunday, 02 June 2019
Felabration will bring Dele Sosimi, Onipa and Pat Thomas to ADE
Tuesday, 28 May 2019
Awakenings back at ADE with no less than ten events
Monday, 27 May 2019
DJ collective Kraak & Smaak rejoin ADE for sixth year in a row
Thursday, 23 May 2019
Tchami & Malaa join forces in Paradiso
Thursday, 16 May 2019
Richie Hawtin & Modeselektor to take over NDSM Warehouse with special live performances
Thursday, 16 May 2019
Markus Schulz returns to ADE with Open To Close
Wednesday, 15 May 2019
Derrick May brings Hi-Tek-Soul to ADE
Friday, 03 May 2019
Rüfüs du Sol to perform live at NDSM Warehouse
Thursday, 02 May 2019
New Order to take over AFAS Live
Tuesday, 23 April 2019