Getting to the unusual or exquisite places in the midst of ADE is not always easy with a program consisting of more than 200 locations and 2.500 artists. Therefore our team has created several routes trough the different districts of Amsterdam, which will give you an idea of what to expect and where.
This year's ADE features almost 200 venues - all spread across Amsterdam - playing host to different festival and conference events throughout the week. Last but not least we will walk you trough the Southern part of Amsterdam.
Martin Garrix, Sam Feldt, TikTak and many more Find your way to a bus stop called Amstelveenseweg and just around the corner, you will find temp. The former office building used to be a part of the district office of Amsterdam. The venue provides as a temporary exhibition spot and opens up for impromptu clubbing experiences (hence the name). They will make their debut during this year's ADE, offering range of events running from Thursday through Saturday. On Thursday, Belgian drum & bass DJ and producer Netsky is bringing his concept Netsky & Friends to the space while Sam Feldt's fundraiser 'Heartfeldt Neon Jungle' is entering ADE on Saturday. If your are more into beats and hiphop, the radio show and L.A.'s independent music platform Soulection returns to Amsterdam with their line-up of guests.
Head east and you will find the Amsterdam RAI. The huge complex is used for international conferences and exhibitions, harboring a total floor space of 87,000 m². Martin Garrix will be hosting two nights there on Friday and Saturday. Like before, the Saturday evening show will be an all ages event. TIKTAK returns to RAI for the second edition of their ADE special on Friday with a night filled of hiphop and rap.
From Eurabia to KSHMR Grab your (loan)bike and head towards the Pijp where you will find a small venue that functions as a breeding ground for creatives and cultural events, called Cinetol. Rotterdam-based label Pinkman Records is set to host a showcase on ADE Friday, where label-head Marsman himself will man the decks. While there, drop by at Pinkman's pop-up store for records, clothing and more. On Saturday EURABIA, a club night curated by Cairo Liberation Front, presents DJ’s & live acts from and inspired by the Middle-East. During ADE, AA organizes AADE (Amsterdam Alternative Dance Event). While electronic music sounds through the streets of Amsterdam, in Cinetol they will enjoy an evening of punk.
Taking the tram further towards Spaklerweg, you can find The Artist World. Club AMF will grace the venue (which is near Amstel Station) with three events, each covering a different genre within electronic dance music. First up is KSHMR and his record label Dharma Worldwide, followed up by American electronic music event promoter Insomniac during an event that places an emphasis on house. Vini Vici's Alteza will bring psytrance to the premises on ADE Friday.
If you head back north by tram, you'll wind up in Oud-Zuid, a swanky neighborhood that houses Het Concertgebouw, opposite the Rijksmuseum at the end of Museum Square. The building dates back to 1888 and is one of Europe's premier concert halls. The acoustics are, quite frankly, stellar, and the venue is where classical music and contemporary electronic sounds melt at ADE. One highlight at Het Concertgebouw is a live show on Wednesday by Weval, the duo known for its layered synthesizer melodies and hypnotic rhythms.
And so we've come to an end of our tour throughout Amsterdam. We hope you enjoyed it and will continue exploring the city and our program for more great places and events.
Photo credits: Marc Richter, Marco Scheurink and Tim Buiting.