The 22nd edition of Amsterdam Dance Event was attended by 395,000 visitors, a record for the business conference and music festival.
With a staggering 7,000+ representatives of the worldwide electronic music industry attending the conference and music revelers from over 90 countries, Amsterdam Dance Event has once again proven its position as the worlds leading platform for electronic music.
At this years’ edition Morocco was the main focus of ADE’s Global View, aiming to highlight the regions growing music scene where musicians are mixing the native sounds with dance floor beats, fusing a vibrant and unique sound. The country is of a special culturual location, wedged between Africa, Europe and the wider Islamic world, aiming to offer ancient musical cultures of its own, incorporating a deep understanding of dance and repetition in its roots. Of late, the country has played host to stunning international festivals like Oasis and also continues to act as a hot bed for young emerging talents in the scene such as Amine K.
China hosted a special pavilion. It was the first time during the Amsterdam Dance Event that a pavilion was built for a country with lectures, forums and debates to present themselves to professionals working in the dance industry. Countries including France and Belgium also took the opportunity to focus extra attention to themselves at this years event. The development of pavilions of countries will be the next logical step of ADE. During the last 25 years electronic music has grown internationally and mixed with many different genres so It is expected there will be more country pavilions in the future.
Recap on all of the weekends events over at the Amsterdam Dance Event website.
A record number of DJ’s also took part in the ADE Soundlab, giving an insight into their DJ and Studio setups including Richie Hawtin and KiNK, Soulwax and Tiga. The night program also included crossovers betwen genres with special productions at unique locations including Underworld performing at the cycle passage of Rijksmuseum.
Different ages were also represented at this years Amsterdam Dance Event. Martin Garrix, who was again voted most popular DJ of the world, hosted an all ages-concert, welcoming teenagers and their parents. Also the free festival Hangover, held for the first time at NDSM in the northern part of Amsterdam, was visited by a lot of families. On the closing night the 80 year old composer Philipp Glass performed at the Melkweg in a sold out show.
So, all in all, a lot to digest from the 22nd edition of ADE but what a success it was and long may it continue. Roll on 2018!