Amsterdam Dance Event’s 20th anniversary edition turned out to be quite the celebration. With a whopping 365,000 attendees, 2,289 artistes, 510 speakers, 1001 events, 500 journalists and 5,500 conference visitors, this year’s version was nothing short of record breaking.

As usual thousands of dance music fans and music industry professionals flocked to Amsterdam to experience global electronic music culture in all its aspects. ADE’s conference noted another sold out edition, the music culture program Playground showcased electronic music in art, film, gear installations and the festival kept 180,000 people dancing at the same time on the busiest night.
Among the many speakers were Dave Smith (Grammy winning Synth designer, US), Greg Consiglio (President & CEO, Beatport, US), Hardwell (NL), Jeff Mills (US), Kölsch (DK), Kyle Hopkins (head of music supervision, Microsoft, US), Matt Black (Ninjatune, GB), Rob Stone (The FADER/Cornerstone, US), Robert Hood (US), Roger Linn (LinnStruments, US), Sean Wilder (Immersive, GB), Skrillex (US) and many others. At ADE emerging talents, current superstar acts and electronic music pioneers were among the 2,289 performing artists from all over the world who showcased the latest musical trends.

Here’s some pictorial proof of what went down at the global electronic music phenomena –

1. Oh, glorious Amsterdam. 

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2. The city of canals.


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3. By day or night, Amsterdam is quite beautiful.
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4. The techno gods were kind to ADE with the Jeffmills time tunnel.


5. JORIS VOORN and Awakenings!


6. On fire with David Gravell and Oliver Heldens!


7. Native sessions and real talk with Young Marco and Motor City Drum Ensemble discussing the future of crate digging at ADE Next.

8.  Sound lab.


9. What ADE is all about!


10. Chilling on balconies in Amsterdam is a thing.


11. Art


12. Gramatik blowing the roof off!