The event has grown in popularity and influence hugely in recent years. It’s fair to say that, at worst, it’s the European equivalent of Miami’s Winter Music Conference – but many would argue it’s forged ahead of its American cousin.
Either way, the Amsterdam Dance Event is undoubtedly the most established event of its kind in Europe. Conference by day, massive rave at night, it showcases both the hottest in contemporary electronic music and the industry behind it. In many ways, it mixes the best of the worlds of Sónar (Barcelona) and Midem (Cannes).
With workshops, demonstrations, keynote speeches and discussion panels led by leading industry figures, the conference attracts around 6,000 delegates.
As important as the conference is (it’s considered the barometer for developments within the scene), the real attractions are the parties. And boy, are there lots of them! Throughout the five days, 65 different venues will host more than 350 club nights!
More than 800 up-and-coming and legendary artists from around the world entertain ADE’s visitors – it’s a good thing they have so many venues and performers, because the event attracts 200,000 people! The likes of Fatboy Slim, Paul van Dyk, Ferry Corsten, John Digweed, Simian Mobile Disco and Josh Wink have all graced ADE to date.
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