Amsterdam Dance Event

19/20/21/22/23 Oct 2016

What is ADE Playground?

ADE Playground is a unique, dance-related lifestyle program offering five days of film screenings, music hardware presentations, art shows and exhibitions, exclusive fashion offers, interactive talk shows, promotional activities and pop-up musical performances at 25 creative hotspots around the city, including roof-top terraces, clothing shops, and art galleries, as well as outdoor exhibitions and cinemas.

Is there a mobile website available?

Yes, our mobile website is available at (on your mobile phone).

The official ADE app is available App Store and Google Play.

What is the minimum age requirement to enter Playground?

For some venues there is a minimum age requirement; please check the website of the venue.

How can I get in touch with ADE?

Feel free to contact us through our contact page. Please direct your mail to the right person and don't send mass emails to the whole team.

Where can I find the terms and conditions?

Please read our terms and conditions here.

Locations & Opening hours

Our crew at the Info & Ticket centers are happy to help you with any of your questions! You can also buy all ADE Merchandise here.

I amsterdam Store, Amsterdam Central Station IJ-Hall
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Tuesday 18/10           16:00– 19:00
Wednesday 19/10       8:00 – 19:00                       
Thursday 20/10           8:00 – 20:00                       
Friday 21/10                 8:00 – 20:00                       
Saturday 22/10            8:00 – 20:00                       
Sunday 23/10               9:00 – 18:00          
Melkweg Expo, Marnixstraat 409
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Wednesday 19/10        9:00 – 23:00                       
Thursday 20/10            10:00 – 23:00                       
Friday 21/10                 10:00 – 23:00                       
Saturday 22/10            10:00 – 23:00

ADE Tree, Rembrandtplein
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Wednesday 19/10        11:00 – 23:00                       
Thursday 20/10            11:00 – 23:00                       
Friday 21/10                 11:00 – 23:00                       
Saturday 22/10            11:00 – 23:00
Sunday 23/10              11:00 – 20:00

De Brakke Grond, Nes 45
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Wednesday 19/10        9:00 – 20:00                       
Thursday 20/10           11:00 – 20:00                       
Friday 21/10                11:00 – 20:00                       
Saturday 22/10            11:00 – 20:00  

Compagnietheater, Kloveniersburgwal 50
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Thursday 20/10           12:00 – 23:00                       
Friday 21/10                12:00 – 23:00                       
Saturday 22/10            12:00 – 23:00

What are the rates for ADE Playground?

ADE Playground is located all over Amsterdam and can be accessed freely.

To experience ADE playground to the fullest and obtain exclusive access to certain ADE Playground events we advise you to purchase an ADE Card. Not only does this card offer you a degree of exclusivity but it also provides you with the possibility to pick up promotional items, goodie-bag and discount vouchers all over Amsterdam! 

Note: the ADE Card is not a festival passe partout - or ticket. The ADE Card can only be used at ADE Playground!

Where can I buy the ADE Card?

You can buy the ADE Card here.

Where can I collect my ADE Card?

All Info & Ticket Centres are closed at the moment. Click here to stay up to date for ADE 2016.

What is the ADE Card?

The ADE card provides you with nice extras to enjoy ADE to the fullest! Benefits include: exclusive acces to multiple ADE Playground events, acquire exclusive access & free entry to all ADE MusicTalks, the complete ADE Film program and various ADE Playground events, exlusive promotional items, goodie-bags and discount voucher all over Amsterdam. Please note; the ADE Card provides you with extra benefits but does not grant you access to the festival events.

What are the advantages of the ADE Card?

For all confirmed ADE Card deals, visit the ADE Card page.

Where can I buy the ADE Card?

You can buy the ADE Card here.

5-day tickets and 1-day tickets (conference) already include access to all ADE Playground events.

During ADE you can pick up or buy your ADE Card at all ADE info & tickets centers.

Does an ADE Card grant access to the festival events?

The ADE Card does not grant you access to the festival events. You will need to purchase individual tickets for the events.

Where can I find the program for the ADE Playground?

You can find the ADE Playground 2015 program here on our website.

Does ADE have hotel suggestions or hotel deals available?

Click here to find an accomodation or hotel deal during ADE.

How can I get to Amsterdam?

Amsterdam can be reached by car, bike, train and bus. Detailed directions are available here, and a travel planner for the public transportation over here. For international visitors, travel services from Schiphol to Amsterdam are available here.

Come by train
Amsterdam is easily accessible by train. Easy, because no hassle with parking in the always bustling city.
Valid ticket
Tip: We recommend you to arrange your train ticket in advance.
Make sure you are in possession of a valid ticket. Do you have a smart card, ensure that you have enough balance on the card. If you do not have a smart card, you can buy a single chip in the ticket machine at the station. For this you can visit the E-ticket shop.

How can I get around in Amsterdam during ADE?

There are several ways to get around in Amsterdam. The public transportation is fully operational during ADE. You can also rent a bike or a car, or use one of Amsterdam's taxi services.

Amsterdam is the perfect city to explore by bike. Use your bike as Public Transportation so you don't have to wait for a tram or bus, you're never stuck in traffic and you can easily park. That means you're free to do as you please.

How can I rent a bike?

The easiest way to explore Amsterdam is by bike. You can move whenever you want to wherever you want. It’s possible to rent a bike beforehand on the website of BimBimBikes. You are able to make a booking with your computer, tablet or smartphone. In case of an online booking beforehand, you’re sure that the bike of your choice will be available and ready for pick up at your chosen location.

Uber to ADE!

We are happy to announce that we continue our partnership with the Uber service to travel easily, comfortable and as quickly as possible during ADE and with €15 off! 
How does it work?
With the Uber app you can order a ride with one tap: a car with a driver. When you arrive at your destination, your ride gets charged on your connected credit card or PayPal account. Good to know, UberBLACK is 15% cheaper and UberX is 35% cheaper than a taxi.
During the ride you can share the costs with your friends directly in the Uber app via the option 'Fare split'.
Your first Uber in 3 steps:
1. Download the Uber app for iPhone or Android. On any other phone go to
2. Subscribe with the promo code ADE2016. You will get €15 off on your first Uber ride in the Netherlands.
3. Order an Uber. Select your pickup location in the Uber app and within a few minutes your driver arrives. Uber will pick you up at the location you choose, if it’s busy please call your driver to choose a meetingpoint..

I am coming by car. What are my parking options?

A complete map/list of parking spots in Amsterdam is available here.

Is there a printable map of Amsterdam and/or ADE available?

A detailed map of Amsterdam, including all official locations, is included in the online app. More detailed maps of Amsterdam can be found in most hotels en tourist shops.


ADE SLEEP/OVER is a temporary urban campsite located on the impressive post-industrial site of the NDSM Shipyard. Only 15 minutes away from the city’s Central Station, we offer over four hundred comfortable, heated sleeping accommodations in different price ranges. Besides an extraordinary sleeping escapade, ADE SLEEP/OVER is also a handmade and intimate festival heart, presenting an elaborate programme of music, talks, art & performances and an exhilarating line-up with world-renowned DJ’s at various ADE venues just around the block.

Where is ADE SLEEP/OVER located?

NDSM is located on the banks of the river IJ, only 15 minutes away from Amsterdam Central Station by ferry.

Where can I buy my ADE SLEEP/OVER ticket(s)?

You can purchase your tickets for all of our different types of accomodations via our ADE SLEEP/OVER website.

What is an ADE Member?

ADE Member is a free membership service to get the most out of your ADE experience. Create your personal agenda, find out which events your friends are going to and at what events/venues your favorite artists are playing at. In addition, ADE Members get access to unique competitions and exclusive members only content.

What are the benefits of becoming an ADE Member?

An ADE Member is able to create a personalized ADE schedule out of 300 events within a few simple clicks. For optimal use it is preferred to login with Facebook. It is also possible to create an account manually and handpick your favorite artists.
You’re able to create your own personal overview of favorite events and venues. If you login with Facebook your favorite artists and venues will appear. In addition to this, you can also see where your friends are going.

How do I login?

You can login at the top right corner of your screen.

Where can I find my personal program / favorite artist / favorite venues?

After logging in you can find your personal program at the top right corner of your screen.

I don’t want to connect Facebook to my ADE Member account. Is this possible?

You can choose to not connect your Facebook to your account and sign up with your e-mail address.

Be prepared for any type of weather

Welcome in the Netherlands, the country where it’s easy to see the four seasons in one day. One moment there is this tropical sun shining on our pretty little country, but that can be all washed away within the hour with a hailstorm. Always check the weather forecasts before going to a festival and make sure you are prepared for any kind of weather. 

Wear something that’s not too hot but also not too cold. The best thing to do is to put on some layers you can put on or take off if necessary. Don’t wear clothing that is too thick, it is important that your body can ventilate so that you won’t get overheated. Headgear isn’t always a good idea; it works good against the sun, but your head can get very hot at the same time. Don’t forget to put on some sunblock.

If you’re attending a multi-day festival and your headed to your tent, be sure to dress warm, think socks and sweaters. Because if you have been drinking and go to bed, you don’t feel your body is cooling down. If you dress properly, you won’t  get cold in the middle of the night.

Take your time to chill

Of course it’s your plan to dance and party all night long, but sometimes your body needs to cool down. Especially in a place where it’s hot and moist, your body can’t lose its own heat and moisture, so you may get overheated. Make sure you take a moment to chill every once in a while. Chill, the word itself says it all: cool down and stop dancing. It is the best way to prevent your body to become overheated. It’s even better than drinking water. Go to a cooler place, like the chill out – or during an outdoor festival: a spot in the shades – where you can relax, cool down and recharge for the remainder of the night. If you don’t feel well don’t keep on dancing but look for a quiet place out of the crowd or visit the First Aid Team for advice. Of you take the time to chill every once in a while, your night will last a lot longer.

Always have safe sex

Partying is, besides dancing, also flirting. And the more drunk you get, the prettier the people become too. So the chance that you succeed in finding the love of your life – or just for one night – and take them home or to your tent is very big. It would be a shame if you were sitting at a STD clinic a few weeks later, because you got a little souvenir form that night. 

So, ladies and gentlemen, always bring condoms! Tell the other person your boundaries and do not let him or her talk you into doing things you don’t want to do. If the other person really likes you and your body, then he or she will respect your wishes. And for the gentlemen: you’re really no douchebag if you do it safe. And you’re safe to say that in nine months there isn’t a mini version of you crawling around. This way you can enjoy without having any regrets later.

The First Aid Team is your friend

Are you not feeling good? Or have you noticed that one of your friends isn’t feeling well? Do not hesitate and go to the First Aid Team stand. You are always welcome. Don’t be afraid to get into trouble if you go to the First Aid Team and always be honest about what you’ve taken. If the team doesn’t know what you’ve been taking, they can’t help you. Therefore, always tell your friends as well what you have been using. If you have been using drugs, there are no legal consequences. Not for yourself and not for those who take you to the team. If you can’t find the First Aid Team or for some reason, you can’t get there, then you can always ask a security guard or a crewmember to call the team for you. Do not leave the person who isn’t feeling well alone at any time.  

You can also go to the First Aid Team if you want a Tylenol/Paracetamol , a band aid for blisters you got from dancing or a glass of water is you’re not feeling well. Everything you discuss with the First Aid Team and everything that has been done by the team is strictly confidential.

Be kind to the First Aid Team. They’re there for you and they are your friend, but they are also professionals. Trust them in their work en have a little respect for the fact that these heroes work very hard just to help you.

Don't drink, drug and drive. You are a big risk for yourself and others.

A few sad numbers: in the Netherlands each year there are give or take 250 traffic deaths and 3400 serious injuries due to alcohol. Every year 80 people die in traffic because of drug use. Especially youngsters, heavy drinkers and people who use a combination of alcohol and drugs have a bigger chance to get hurt in traffic then people who don’t. 

If you drank alcohol or have taken any drugs, you underestimate yourself in your driving skills. But you should realize that you are a danger to yourself and to other road users. That’s why we advise: don’t do it. Driving under influence is a felony and you could lose your license over it. 

But there’s another danger for drivers that is underestimated: exhaustion. If you are exhausted after going to the club, there is only one thing that will help: sleeping. Energy drinks or other stimulating substances don’t help you to stay awake. 

So be sure you have  safe transportation to get home. Don’t get in the car with someone who isn’t sober. Get a taxi, get a hotel room, get your pregnant friend to pick you up or better yet: take public transport or arrange your trip with event travel. Plan your way home in advance! If you decide to take the car anyway, make good arrangements with your friends about who’s the designated driver and keep that person to this arrangement. Don’t distract him while driving and keep your hands above the seatbelt so you guys get home safely.

Don’t push your limits, be responsible

Look out for yourself.  Think about what you want to do, at what time you would like to be there, how you will get home, if you want to bring something or not, and discuss it with your friends.

For alcohol and drugs: ‘less is more’. It is better not to have taken enough than too much.  That one too much can cause you to not feel well and to ruin the party, that would be a pity. Also, be aware that when you have taken too much, most of the time, the day/night is also ruined for the people you go out with. 

Party, live, dance, go wild, but within the limits that your body can handle and where you feel good.

Pace yourself: eat, sleep, rave.

You are not a robot. Regardless of how long you would want to party, it’s not going to happen. Allow yourself to refuel. If you’re enjoying yourself you will obviously not want the party to stop, but sleeping is important and necessary. So, do not forget to catch up on those sleepless hours to get ready for the next party. Treat yourself  to a good and powerful breakfast, you have earned it after a night of partying. 

During an event your body loses a lot of water. Drinking enough water is extremely important. BUT drinking too much water can be dangerous for your body. It is recommended not to drink more than 2 glasses or 1 bottle of water an hour. Take a break from dancing and eat every now and then, this way you will keep a high energy level. The bonus: you can party for longer.

Think for yourself, care about others

At a good event, together you are one. The public creates the vibe and you share a unique experience together. Therefore, look out for both your friends and other party goers so everyone can enjoy the party. 

Don’t leave your friends alone, especially if you know that they have used something. It is always handy to agree upon a meeting point, may you lose each other. 

Did you use something? Be honest about it. Don’t try to convince others to do it with you and don’t let others pressure you into using something you don’t want to use. It would be a shame if that would ruin your party. Listen to your intuition! 

There is always a First Aid stand at an event and you can visit them for everything, even if it’s for a blister or a Band-Aid. Remember to always be nice to those helping you and ALWAYS be honest about what you have used. They are there to help you. 

And don’t forget that if you party together, you stay together. Be clear about who the designated driver is!

I love my ears

A party without music is like soda without pop. Because you want to enjoy the music as long as possible, it is important to be careful with your ears. Here a three tips to prevent hearing loss:
Listen as safely as possible; find a place where you can enjoy the party but still have enough distance from the speakers. Standing too close to the speakers can damage your hearing. 

Wear earplugs! When sound levels are higher than 80dB’s it is wise to use earplugs. Like this, you can still hear the music well, you can communicate easily with your friends and you protect your ears. 

Let your ears rest for a while. Look for a quiet place to give your ears a ‘pause’. When you do this, your ears will recuperate and you will be able to enjoy the music for a longer time.

Using alcohol and other drugs is never without risks

You have the  freedom to enjoy, but be kind to yourself and your body. Be cautious and smart about the substances that you take. Keep track of how much you take and how it affects you, may it be alcohol or drugs. 
The use of alcohol and drugs is never fully without risks and every substance works differently.  The risk lies in what you take, where you take it, how much you take and how your body reacts to this. One person might be tipsy after three beers, while the other after ten. This is why you should know what you are taking and pace yourself. Don’t believe everything you see or hear, instead look for information on your own. Relaxing and having fun is great, but do it consciously. The best nights are those when you feel your best, this is also possible without drugs and alcohol.
And, let’s not forget that hard drugs –even if it doesn’t seem like that in our community- are still illegal and most events have a zero tolerance policy. 
For more information about alcohol and other party-drugs, hearing loss, eating advice and tips to lower the risk, please check: and follow our friends from Unity for their latest news, research, policies and discussions for and by party goers at 

Is there official ADE Merchandise available?

Yes! The ADE offers a wide range of products, have a look at the ADE 2015 collection on this page.

In September we will launch our ADE 2016 collection!

Where can I buy the official ADE merchandise?

Unique designs, limited editions and top notch quality: check out ADE’s wide range of products in our webshop.

If you happen to be in Amsterdam, swing by the store of Mary Go Wild. Here, all the official ADE collection items are available throughout the year.

Mary Go Wild
Zeedijk 44
1012 BA Amsterdam

During ADE all items are also available at our Info & Ticket centers.

Merchandise and the ADE Card

With your ADE Card 2016 you get a 10% discount on items sold during the Amsterdam Dance Event.

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