How to Support Mental Health in a Demanding Industry


How to Support Mental Health in a Demanding Industry

Speakers: Laidback Luke (DJ), Anne Löhr (Dipl. Psych.)
Moderator: Renske van Kollenburg (SAIREN)

This panel focuses on mental health in the electronic music industry. How do we foster healthy working conditions in this fast-paced environment? It goes beyond the available online resources to reveal personal insights and hands-on advice from veteran DJ Laidback Luke and music industry therapist Anne Löhr.

The mix of late hours, long days, frequent travel, competitive environments, insecure working conditions and potential substance use often take their toll on the mental health of artists and music industry professionals. DJ Laidback Luke shares his personal advice on how he stays mentally fit in stressful times, while therapist Anne Löhr adds some best practices for event organizers, artists, managers and bookers for increased overall wellbeing throughout the whole electronic music scene. The panel is moderated by Renske van Kollenburg who is an experienced electronic music industry coach. We dive into the following questions:

- What can you do if you are suffering from mental health problems as a result of your work?

- How can festivals and clubs create a healthier work environment for their artists and crew?

- How can artist managers take more responsibility for the wellbeing of their artists and themselves?

- Which changes need to be made to make the music industry a healthier place?

Who is this program for?

This engaging Q&A session is part of ADE Green, and welcomes all artists, (tour)managers, club owners, festival organizers and other event professionals interested in creating a healthier work environment in the electronic music industry. Please note that you need an ADE Pro orADE Green ticket to join this program. For more ADE Green programs, check here.

Felix Meritis

Conference FAQ


Join us at the Felix Meritis for the full ADE Pro programme. The conference is set to be extended by an additional day, taking place from ADE Wednesday to Saturday. Just down the road the prestigious Andaz Amsterdam by Hyatt Hotels is transformed to a buzzing network & business hub from Wednesday to Friday.


ADE Lab returns with a four-day programme from ADE Wednesday to Saturday at the Brakke grond and many more venues around the Amsterdam Nes area.

We do not sell ADE Conference only or Day Passes. The only way to get access to the ADE Pro Conference is the ADE Pro Pass.

Tickets for the specialist sessions and ADE Lab can be found on the ticket page.

Our conferences are accessible for all ages in general. Do note that when alcoholic beverages are served, access can be denied.

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Our Conference team will review all proposals. If your idea stands out and piques our interest, we'll reach out to you. Keep in mind that we receive numerous submissions, so using this application form doesn't guarantee selection. We appreciate your understanding.

Please visit one of our info & ticket centers to receive your personal ADE Pro badge & wristband:

PRO Registration Desk at Felix Meritis
Tue 17 October: 16:00 to 20:00
Wed 18 October: 09:00 to 20:00
Thu 19 October: 09:30 to 20:00
Fri 20 October: 08:30 to 20:00
Sat 21 October: 10:00 to 20:00

PRO Registration Desk at I Amsterdam Store - Central Station
Tue 17 October: 14:00 to 19:00
Wed 18 October: 09:30 to 19:00
Thu 19 October: 09:30 to 19:00
Fri 20 October: 09:30 to 18:00
Sat 21 October 09:30 to 18:00
Sun 22 October 12:00 to 17:00

PRO Evening Registration Desk at Het Groene Paleis
Wed 18 October: 18:00 to 22:00
Thu 19 October: 18:00 to 21:00
Fri 20 October: 18:00 to 21:00

Please be aware that your E-ticket is strictly personal and non-transferable. Identification with your ID/passport is mandatory which means your items cannot be picked up by someone else.

Also, don’t forget to complete your details before ADE to make sure we have all your details for your personal badge.