Decoded Magazine’s essential event guide to Amsterdam Dance Event 2016

The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is the leading electronic music platform and the biggest club festival in the world for the whole spectrum of electronic sub-genres. The Festival features 450 events and 2,200 artists over five days in 140 clubs and venues. The program features the biggest artists on the planet alongside fresh, upcoming talent and everything in between. Every year the ADE Festival attracts 365,000 festival visitors from around the globe and is truly the biggest international club festival covering the whole spectrum of electronic sub-genres.

At Decoded Magazine, we opened up the ADE program to the whole team to pick the very best events from a packed week. This year Decoded Magazine will be holding it’s own invite only industry talks on Friday 21st October as well as media sponsorship of a range of events including AFE presents Sleepless, AFE & BPM present Excess, Rhythm Convert(ed) Float Inn and Selador Vs Sincopat ADE Showcase.

Welcoming more and more industry insiders, dance music tourists and curious holidaymakers alike each year, if this is your first year expect nothing but a whirlwind of sound, colour and light as only the Dutch know how!

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Dance for a Better World
Wednesday 19th October | 17:00 – 18:00
De Brakke Grond (G2 Panel Room) | Nes 45, Amsterdam

Since DJs are a role model to so many, we want to highlight the importance of what they are doing in the realm of social change, innovation and sustainability. Why is it important for a DJ to use his or her position for positive impact? Who do they aim to inspire? And how do you choose a project a partner or organisation, and why? And why should they sometimes say no to a project? What kind of commitment and support does it need? And what can the public do to support them? The panel will start with a talk by Shailendra Singh, who co-founded the World’s Biggest (charity) Guest list, to help educate impoverished kids in India.

20 Years of Global Underground Photography Exhibition
Wednesday 19th October | 09:30 – 07:00 | Free  all week | Q-Factory | Atlantisplein 1, Amsterdam
Over the past two decades, as Global Underground has grown to release over 40 genre defining compilations, their additional obsession for capturing the visual vibrancy of the world’s clubbing environments has resulted in a peerless archive of images that catalogue the unique growth of dance music.

With this vault of imagery at their disposal, label owner Andy Horsfield and photographer Dean Belcher have charged themselves with the task of creating a series of pictures that perfectly encapsulates the 20 year history of not only the iconic Global Underground label, but electronic music as a whole. The end result forms a dramatic visual snapshot of evolving youth culture throughout the world. The exhibition comprises the best selection of around 200 photographic images that will be held at London’s prestigious Strand Gallery between November 4th and November 8th, 2016. Amsterdam Dance Event Playground has the honour to preview this amazing imaginary journey in a lively set up at Q-Factory Amsterdam.

The ADE DJ Cook Off
Wednesday 19th October | Invitation Only | Keizer Culinair | Elandsstraat 169, Amsterdam

Last year ADE had its fifth edition of the ADE DJ Cook Off, intended as a small get together event with a tasty twist on ADE’s kick-off day. Because food is for most of us just as important as music, we discovered that quite a lot of DJ’s and artists are just as good in the kitchen as in the booth. “It’s all about the ingredients, timing and presentation.” We found the Keizer Culinair, a cooking school, near the main conference location as a perfect spot for this. Fully equipped counter tops are available for the five cooks and their support, as well as support by Keizer Culinair’s chefs and assistants.

Contestants: Kölsch (DK) (2015 Winner) / DJ Sa (IN) (Cook Off ADE Global Sessions Winner) / Ellen Allien (DE) / Eats Everything (GB) / Lauren Lo Sung (GB)

Jury: Dave Clarke (GB) / Paul Oakenfold (GB) / Seth Troxler (US)


Awakenings & Len Faki present Figure night
Wednesday 19th October | 10 pm – 8 am | Tickets: € 29,50 | Gashouder, Klönneplein 1, Amsterdam

This year Awakenings presents 5 ADE Specials! Len Faki kicks off the first night of Awakenings on ADE’s Wednesday. Blawan / Jeroen Search / Len Faki / Octave One / Rødhåd

STRAK x Non Series ADE Opening
Wednesday 19th October | 23:00 – 07:00 | € 12,50 | Supperclub | Singel 460, Amsterdam

For the 2nd time in a row we invite the NON series label to celebrate the ADE kick-off. This year the event will take place in the historic building called Odeon. The property was built in 1662 and is one of the oldest historical buildings of Amsterdam. You enter a mysterious corridor that will lead you to the club, here you will find a hidden temple with extreme high walls and a classic look. The venue is located in the middle of Amsterdam. This evening will be provided by sick visuals and an external deep sound system. These factors create the perfect location for a proper techno showcase.

Henrik Schwarz and Metropole Orkest – Scripted Orkestra
Wednesday 19th October | 19:30 – 23:45 | € 35 | Melkweg | Lijnbaansgracht 234 A, Amsterdam

Amsterdam Dance Event 2016 will kick-off with an opening concert at Melkweg: ADE veteran and dance icon Henrik Schwarz joins forces with the internationally renowned Metropole Orkest, for ‘Scripted Orkestra’. Both unparalleled in their masterly way of bending and crossing genres, the German producer/composer and the MO’s chief director Jules Buckley met up in a Berlin based coffee bar and there decided to melt their geniuses into a one hour lasting symbiosis, between electronic and orchestral music. It is not the first time at all that Schwarz takes up such a challenge, but his expectations are mile-high this time: “Jules has a full understanding of how an orchestra works, but also knows a lot about dance music, and where I come from”.

Four Tet & Floating Points
23:00 – 08:00 | € 18 | De School | Doctor Jan van Breemenstraat 1, Amsterdam

For Wednesday 19th October Four Tet returns to De School, accompanied by Floating Points. Two DJs who need no further introduction, they’re more than happy they are joining in to open this exciting new venue.

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Beat Fabriek presents: Art of DJing: How to perform b2b + add live elements in your set.
Thursday 20th October | 13:30 – 14:15 | Free entrance | Beat Fabriek | Dam 27, Amsterdam

Short course introduction on how to perform back2back sessions by using your ultimate set and via harmonic mixing including adding your live elements like sample and loops into the set.

The Trouble with Taxes
Thursday 20th October | 14:00 – 14:45
Felix Meritis (F10 Panel Room) | Keizersgracht 324, Amsterdam

Unless you are a multinational corporation, or a morally dubious individual, you pay your taxes. On this panel you can find out how to be efficient and not overpay, how to realise all the legitimate deductions available to you, how to credit double tax from other countries against your domestic end of year amount, work out VAT (BTW) and the correct rate to charge, as well as whether you need to account for VAT in separate EU countries. We also discuss the abolishment of the VAR system in Holland and what you need to do in its place. Come join us, and learn from our friendly panel.

The RA Charity 5-a-Side Football Tournament
Thursday 20th October | 10:30 – 17:00 | €5 De School | Dr Jan van Breemenstraat 1, Amsterdam

The first edition of The RA Cup will go down on Thursday, October 20th at the Amsterdam club’s gymnasium, AKA Het Gymlokaal.

Eight teams will compete for the trophy, with RA, De School, Dekmantel, Rush Hour, Numbers, 10,000 Hours and The All Stars featuring Dixon among the confirmed. 100% of the money raised will go to Help Refugees, a grassroots organisation set up to help the most vulnerable people reaching Europe’s shores by supporting local groups, charities and volunteers at the front lines. Unconstrained by red tape, politics and bureaucracy, they act fast to affect immediate change and work in places that governments and NGOs can’t.

Members of the public are invited to watch the drama unfold, with entry at €5 per person. As well as the football, there will be a record fair, performances from various DJs and table tennis and table football tables. RA will be streaming the event live via their Facebook page. Kick-off is at 10:30 AM, with the semi-finals scheduled around 1:30 PM. If you’d like to donate to Help Refugees, you can do so by texting RAFC54 with your amount to 70070.

Rhythm Convert(ed) Float Inn with Tom Hades & Felix Krocher
Thursday 20th October | 14.30 – 15.30 | Invite Only

Decoded Magazine has teamed up with legendary Rhythm Convert(ed) techno label to set sail with Belgium’s Tom Hades and Germany’s Felix Kröcher at this years Amsterdam Dance Event and we are giving four lucky people the chance to join us! Fans of Tom Hades and Felix Kröcher, can win a meet and greet on our boat, plus entrance to the official ADE Rhythm Convert(ed) presents SHIFT gathering. Lasting approximately one hour on board a fully renovated Traditional Dutch Vlet (canal boat) set sail with complimentary drinks, lashings of techno, all set against the beautiful canals of Amsterdam.

Decoded Magazine presents Selador vs Sincopat
Thursday 20th October | 19:00 – 07:00 | € 10 | ClubNL, Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 169, Amsterdam

Selador and Sincopat joins together with a super special line-up: Dave Seaman / AFFKT / D-Nox / Pete Oak / Steve Parry / David Granha / Third Son / Audio Junkies / Habischman / Mattia Pompeo / Jaap Ligthart / Mike Ravelli proudly sponsored by Decoded Magazine.

AFE presents Sleepless powered by Decoded Magazine
Thursday 20th October | 22:00 – 04:00 | Free | Cinema Café | Thorbeckeplein 16-18, Amsterdam

In association with Excess – The Movement and Beats Per Minute and proudly powered for ADE by Decoded Magazine, Sleepless is a monthly dance music event curated by one of India’s most prolific performers Ankytrixx. This unique offering aims to provide its audience with attention to pure underground sounds, futuristic visuals, mind bending dance floor energies covering the needs and wants of anyone who desires a big weekender to even boutique gatherings that spell cozy and intimate.

This concept pays ode to all our followers and performers who are part of the Sleepless generation. Special attention to detail is paid to the music and artists featured in these nights, all of the designs create a journey and transport one to a parallel reality, carefully constructed through signature sounds on display.

Afterlife at Loveland ADE
Thursday 20th October | 22:00 – 06:00 | € 19,50 | Mediahaven | Moermanskkade 107, Amsterdam

In the centre of Amsterdam located in the Houthaven lays Mediahaven. The stunning location made its debut in Amsterdam’s nightlife during ADE 2014. Mediahaven is a three rooms connected location with first-class facilities. The rooms vary from a 12 metre high ceiling to a basement with a grungier feel to it. And best of all, it has amazing acoustics and there are no sound restrictions whatsoever! Of course, Loveland will take full advantage of this with a state-of-the-art sound system.

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MusicTalks @ ADE Sound Lab: PLAYdifferently presents: MODEL1 Masterclass
Friday 21 October | 15:00 – 16:00 | Exclusively for ADE Card holders | Compagnietheater | Kloveniersburgwal 50, Amsterdam

Richie Hawtin and Matador will showcase the extensive capabilities of the MODEL 1 analogue mixer, through an in-depth demonstration of their new performance set-ups. MODEL 1 was designed by Hawtin alongside Andy Rigby-Jones, the mind behind Allen & Heath’s Xone series.

ENTER. presents Experiences. at Loveland ADE
Friday 21 October | 22:00 – 06:00 | € 29,50 | Mediahaven | Moermanskkade 107, Amsterdam

Taking place during the Amsterdam Dance Event, ENTER. presents EXPERIENCES will see acts including Richie Hawtin, Maya Jane Coles, Recondite, B. Traits, Gaiser, Matador, Hito, Fabio Florido and Julia Govor perform across 3 rooms at Amsterdam’s Mediahaven.

Dave Clarke Presents: The Dirty Dozen
Friday 21 October | 21:00 – 09:00 | € 27 | Melkweg, Lijnbaansgracht 234 A, Amsterdam

There are three things certain in life: death, taxes and the fact that living techno legend Dave Clarke is the first one to unveil his night at Amsterdam Dance Event. After eleven editions of Dave Clarke Presents at The Melkweg in Amsterdam, he is back with “The Dirty Dozen’: 12 years of Dave Clarke Presents, 12 DJ’s cranking up the pace and 12 hours of bass madness.

Keinemusik ADE Special
Friday 21 October | 22:00 – 07:00 | € 14 / € 17,50 | Chicago Social Club | Leidseplein 12, Amsterdam

On the Friday of ADE the KEINEMUSIK crew will touch down at the Chicago Social Club with all the usual suspects, Adam Port, &ME, David Mayer and Reznik. Expect a 9 hour journey in an intimate setting in one of Amsterdam’s main hotspots.

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BPM & AFE present Excess powered by Decoded Magazine
Saturday 22nd October | 07:00 – 14:00 | €10 | Club Air | Amstelstraat 16, Amsterdam

After a smashing success of our Opening Night at AIR Amsterdam; we couldn’t have settled for any less! With our partners AFE & Beats Per Minute from India, we are proud to present an after hours with a difference. Headlining will be two of Israel’s best, Guy Mantzur and Chicola with ME&her, Stephan Barnem and local support from the Techno Tuesday residents and guests.

All Day I Dream vs Audio Obscure ADE
Saturday 22nd October | 15:00 – 23:00 | € 25 | De Hallen | Hannie Dankbaarpassage 18, Amsterdam

For the first time ever Lee Burridge’s All Day I Dream comes to ADE on Saturday, October 22nd. They join forces with Audio Obscura to take over De Hallen. This newly converted building has never before hosted an electronic music event and will be exclusive to ADID during ADE. Summer comes to winter time even after sunshine days have already started to fade to grey. DJs include: Lee Burridge, Lost Desert, Eekle Kleijn, Satori, Gorje Hewek and Izhevski


Lauter Unfug ADE Showcase
Sunday 23rd October | 21:00 – 01:00 | Free Entrance | The Tara | Rokin 85-89, Amsterdam

Beatamines b2b Anja Augner / Maximiljan / Black Girl / White Girl / Haste Midi / Die Zwei / Andrew Martin b2b Damion Pell / Eastone b2b AL-X

Lauter Unfug will host a stage at the Amsterdam Dance Event. Something incisive is happening in the House scene of Luxembourg: LAUTER UNFUG goes music label. The mixture of artists define the focus of the label sound, so it’s centered by House music in different variations and moods. Driven and techy tracks facing deep and spheric stuff, but always with the groove and tactfulness.

Secretsundaze at The House District X ADE
Sunday 23 October | 20:30 – 05:00 | € 15 – 25 | Panama, Oostelijke Handelskade 4, Amsterdam

Secretsundaze join The House District at Panama Club during ADE, playing alongside guests including DJ Qu, Fred P, Patrice Scott, Boo Wiliams, Volcov and Hiver.