Girls to the front

Girls to the Front

Hardcore is big business in the Netherlands and part of a huge entertainment industry helmed by mega brands behind hard dance spectacles like Defqon.1 and Decibel Outdoor. Meanwhile, outside of the Netherlands, the hardcore aesthetic is inspiring, informing and liberating a hugely diverse generation of artists, from NON Worldwide's Nkisi and the Indonesian duo Gabber Modus Operandi to idiosyncratic crews like Wixapol, Casual Gabberz and the female-led Drömfakulteten. This new global scene that’s forming appears to be more diverse, inclusive, community-focused and female-friendly than its Dutch counterpart, which is hugely dominated by men - on the dancefloor, in the DJ booth and behind the scenes.

Journalist Holly Dicker and panellists discuss hardcore’s rising “new school” and some of the barriers preventing more women, LGBTQ+ and other minority groups from entering the scene. What can hardcore's old school learn from the new? And how can we encourage more girls to the front?

Conference FAQ

ADE's Conference program features multiple conference tracks and offers the ultimate business and inspiration platform in the field of electronic music, attracting music- and related industry professionals, start-ups, aspiring producers and musicians, students, VJs, visual artists and stage designers.

The main conference venue is the DeLaMar Theatre in Amsterdam. The other venues are within walking distance from the theatre. You can find all conference venues here.

All you have to do is to make sure you purchased a ticket for the conference. Both the ADE Pass and ADE Conference Pass will gain you access to the full conference program including all tracks and ADE by Day program. If you do not like to attend the full conference, we also offer single sub-conference tickets (available soon).

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