The 22nd edition of Amsterdam Dance Event turned out to be quite a success as the event experience a record number of 395,000 visitors.
Boasting a total of 7,200 representatives from worldwide electronic music industry attending the conference and over 90 countries participating, ADE has managed to cement itself a place as a leading platform for electronic music. Highlighting a growth in the music scenes in Morocco, this year’s ADE Global View spoke highly about musicians who are are mixing local sounds with dance floor beats. Hosting a special pavilion in China, it was the first time that a pavilion was built for a country with lectures, forums, and debates to present themselves to professionals working in the dance industry. France and Belgium also took the opportunity to throw light on the growth of the music industry in their respective regions.
This year’s ADE saw DJ and studio set-ups by the likes of Martin Garrix, Richie Hawtin and KiNK, Soulwax and Tiga, Oliver Heldens and more take part. Their night program included cross overs with different genres with special productions at unique locations including Underworld performing at the cycle passage of Rijksmuseum, Jameszoo and the Metropole Orchestra, and Colin Benders at Rembrandthuis. Welcoming a mix of teenagers and their parents was an all-ages concert by Martin Garrix.
Also, for the first time, ADE hosted Hangover, a free festival held at NDSM in the northern part of Amsterdam. The festival bid adieu with a performance at the Melkweg by 80-year-old composer Philipp Glass, the show for which turned out to be houseful.