With the Amsterdam Dance Event around the corner, parties, festivals and events, in general, started to be announced in spectacular fashion. Due to government regulations that allow nightly events to only run until midnight, the number of overlapping games is on the rise. That’s why, like every year, we decided to collect the most interesting, according to our musical tastes and our experience. Here is our list of the best 7 + 1 events during the Amsterdam Dance Event ADE 2021.
ADE alarm clocks
It could easily be the most famous Amsterdam Dance Event event, but for lovers of underground music, Awakenings is the ultimate party destination. With 9 events at 2 locations, this year’s Awakenings is the biggest ever. Not only the famous Gashouder but the Ziggo Dome will also host Awakenings evenings. The Ziggo Dome with a capacity of 13,000 people will host a special event with Reinier Zonneveld, which ended in 3 hours after more than 100,000 people tried to save a ticket.
It’s amazing that my all night live show at the Ziggo Dome with Awakenings sold out so quickly. It’s like a dream come true to create the biggest indoor techno dance floor during ADE where I will only play my own music all night long. I want to thank all the fans for making this possible and I look forward to raving with all of you – Reinier Zonneveld.
Other holidays in Gashouder include The afterlife of Tale Of Us Event, Specter of Joris Voorn night label (moreover behind day dress due to government regulations), Adam Beyer presents Drumcode, Charlotte de Witte presents KNTXT, and Exhale with Amélie Lens.
Nxt Museum presents: Air
Nxt Museum and Amsterdam Dance Event have teamed up for the second year to present the visionary visuals and sounds of an Artist-in-Residence program. At the Nxt Stage, two 45-minute musical performances will highlight cutting-edge audiovisual culture.
A sound artist and a visual artist are paired in a collaboration of local and international talents:
- LYZZA is an Amsterdam-based producer and singer of dark pop DJ sets, inspired by the posthuman symbolisms of digital artist SAM MADHU.
- GUILLAUME ROUX, animator of post-apocalyptic virtual worlds, collaborates with HYPERAKTIVIST, a Venezuelan creator of change and living techno-tribalisms.
- HYPERAKTIVIST, creator of change and Berlin techno-tribalism of Venezuelan origin; with animator of post-apocalyptic virtual worlds, GUILLAUME ROUX.
Land of love
During the Amsterdam dance event, 2021 Loveland will host an insane number of parties, including Solomon and Pan all day, Jamie Jones’s Paradise party, and Circoloco. Loveland will host its events in two different locations: the historic Warehouse, located in the Houthavens in central Amsterdam and, in Mediahaven, three adjoining rooms. The rooms vary from a 12 meter high ceiling to a basement with a more grungy feel. And best of all, it has amazing acoustics.
DGTL will be back on October 14, 15 and 16 for three ADE events:
- DGTL ADE: Disclosure, Honey Dijon, and more – 16: 00-00: 00
- DGTL x IPSO ADE: Kölsch, Maya Jane Coles and more – 16: 00-00: 00
- DGTL ADE: Dixon, The Blessed Virgin and more – 12h00-23h00
The event will take place at the historic DGTL house at the NDSM in Amsterdam-Noord. Former ship’s dock, now a hub of creation and a space for public art, festivals, sustainability and bottom-up culture.
Audio Obscura is more than a party planner, it’s a concept. Their events in Amsterdam’s most legendary places have made history. Amsterdam Station, Rijksmuseum, The Loft are just some of the places that Audio Obscura has used in recent years. Now, with the Amsterdam Dance Event at the gates, they have announced a series of events at RAW Factory and the Loft.
RAW Factory is a modern and imposing building serving as prestigious headquarters for G raw star. Construction was completed in 2014 by renowned OMA architects Rem Koolhaas, taking inspiration from the design of an aircraft hangar. With its industrial look and its mix of concrete and glass as far as the eye can see, it will constitute a truly breathtaking setting for this unmissable meeting of like-minded hedonists.
- Audio Obscura ADE with Palms Trax, Job Jobse, Antal – Friday from 4:00 p.m.
- Audio Obscura ADE with Dax J, Chris Liebing, ANNA, Rodhad, PAS live – Saturday from 2:00 p.m.
- Obscure Audio x Adriatic at the Loft – Saturday from 4:00 p.m. at the Loft
- Audio Obscura ADE with Stephan Bodzin live, Adriatique, Mind Against, Marino Canal – Sunday from 2 p.m.
Audio Obscura x ADE evenings and tickets here.
Secret Project is an emerging festival born into the thriving underground scene of downtown Los Angeles. Fusing art, technology, and exceptionally curated house and techno music, the festival is known for its daytime moments ready to expand beyond its origin. With successful editions in LA and Miami, Secret Project brings music lovers to new cities where dance floors abound.
Secret Project is now heading to Amsterdam for the annual ADE on Saturday October 16 for an 11 hour party at the Hembrugterrein in Zaandam. The festival will host 4 stages with an incredible selection of artists including Ben Böhmer LIVE, Ben Clock & Marcel Dettman, Boris Brejcha, Camelphat, Honey Dijon, Sita Abellán. It will also integrate art installations, from immersive and luminous environments to large-scale murals and live graffiti; Secret Project is an urban oasis of outdoor art and culture.
The event is full but a waiting list is available on the Secret Project ADE website.
Electronic elements Armada
Promoting dance music worldwide from its offices in Amsterdam (headquarters), New York and London, Armada Music represents and cultivates the creative exploits of some of the most prominent players in the electronic music game. This year, Armada Electronic Elements comes to the W Lounge to celebrate ADE music amid a stunning 360-degree city view.
The programming is the perfect combination of artists to take you on an extraordinary musical journey; Mathame, Lyke and Eelke Kleijn are just a few of the artists who will be performing on Wednesday starting at 4:00 p.m.
A third party presents the version
After two successful editions in 2018 and 2019, Third Party returns to Amsterdam, this time for an intimate show. They will resume Club Nova on Friday, October 15 with a series of artists (the lineup is still to be confirmed) from their label Release Records.
The ADE night follows Third Party’s massive ‘LIIIIVE’ show in Liverpool, with an array of new artists and music coming to Release in the coming months. The #ReleaseFamily fan base was crammed into the intimate setting of Club Nova.