It's hard to believe that ADE (Amsterdam Dance Event) has reached its 24th edition so quickly. Every October it provides the worlds largest platform for artists, enthusiasts and professionals to discover new music, network and party across Amsterdam. It's the world's largest club festival and business conference for electronic music, period, and has become an important breeding ground for electronic music culture for today's generation, attracting the worlds best electronic music labels, artists and promoters every year.
Even with the bad smell of Brexit looming over Britain, UK Electronica was well represented this year across various genres. Melkweg championed Drum and Bass as Hospitality returned with one of the biggest Drum & Bass nights across the 4 days. Sleepless kicked off on Wednesday with Wilkinson and Friction and acclaimed London Drum and Bass label Critical continuing on their worldwide quest on Friday for the Melkweg DnB faithful. UK Garage was expertly stewarded by UK Garage don, DJ EZ, also recently known as Elvin Zedo, an old alias now resurrected paying homage to DJ EZ's illustrious musical career, stemming from his love of House and Techno. One of Amsterdam's most iconic clubs played host to the Garage Grandmaster and the "A Night By" concept, which is Paradiso inviting one of their favourite artists from the electronic music scene to host a night.
House and Techno have always dominated the ADE stratosphere and some of the best UK talents on hand, all bringing their "A" game to ADE this year. Michael Bibi smashed his set at the Amsterdam Studios for day 3 of Verknipt and is fast becoming an established member of the international Underground Music scene as so did the Solardo boys, who delivered a highly energetic performance fresh on the back of another successful season in Ibiza. Every Year ADE opens us up to some of the best newcomers to the game, and this year UK starlet Ben Sterling adorned this crown flawlessly. The Verknipt crowd were well spoilt as this English youngster effortlessly glided across Acid House and raw electronic beats delivering an enticing and euphoric set that instigated a heavy session in Area 1 at Amsterdam Studios, a huge warehouse that has NO sound restrictions and is only used 3 times a year across ADE for events of this nature.
Elsewhere Manchester's Mason Collective got the ADE tech-head community excited as they played a blinder at Thuishaven on Saturday for Loco Dice's Desolat label showcase. Their style is high tempo, high energy tech house and this worked well in Thuishaven's largest tent, which is an exceptional space to showcase their combined creative talents. Across town, London based party starters Fuse brought their worldwide 13 date tour to an end on the final day of ADE taking over Lofi for a 12-hour marathon with Enzo Siragusa and Fuse residents. Standout performances on the night came from Archie Hamilton who played a stellar set showcasing exclusive and unheard reworks and edits from his current album, "Archive Fiction".
As always the biggest parties at ADE were dominated by an array House and Techno events from the worlds best promoters and labels, and this year was no different as a variety of premier House and Techno nights took over a multitude of PA systems across the vibrant Dutch City. Some of our highlights this year included the formidable Paradise night from Jamie Jones and crew. Teaming up with Loveland this time round, it was always going to be one of the hottest parties of ADE and one that attracted hordes of beautiful Ibiza heads still nursing the hangovers of the seasons closing earlier in the month. Moving venue from DGTL to the massive Warehouse Houthavens for its 2019 escapade, Jamie Jones brought his infectious quality to a judicious ADE crowd which undeniably climaxed when he dropped "Bappi", his new cut with The Martinez Brothers. A blistering B2B with Techno grandmaster Marco Carola soon followed and judging by the atmosphere at this point both Mr Jones and Mr Coraolla had everyone exactly where they wanted them taking the faithful on a deep Ibizan journey, losing them in a beautiful musical abyss delivering an exceptional set that touched on laid back Disco house grooves and blistering Techno beats in the process.
As always our trusty UK spin-doctors were on hand to deliver a rapturous performance with Alan Fitzpatrick jumping into a B2B with Richy Ahmed and causing total exaltation for all in attendance. The pair wasted no time in bringing the energy and cut right to the chase with the crowd loving every minute of it. You could feel the room get down and dirty in a mist of the deep red light show that was taking place. This was one of those moments where you realised that Paradise x Loveland was always going to be one of the highlights in our ADE calendar. With the new venue and Loveland's expert event knowledge on hand, this show was undeniably one of Festivals most sought after parties. Time seemed to be moving quickly as the pair drew to a close with a thunderous crowd response for a job well done. For us, Paradise once again brought that eclectic and intimate family feel we know so well to a warehouse full of the happy and enthusiastic clubbers to mark another hugely successful Paradise ADE outing.
PARADISE PHOTO CREDITS: MARIO PINTA
We left the Paradise family and the Houthaven ravers to continue our ADE escapades that Saturday morning with Dailycid's infamous after party which was held in a crane, and yes, I did say a crane. For the 2nd consecutive year, DJ W!lds Dailycids forward-thinking label brought out exciting new talent we wouldn't usually encounter for this special crane session. A special event that also saw the French DJ blow out his birthday candles at 164ft in the air. We loved the breakbeat led house set from Chklte as he welcomed the early morning ravers to this unique tower. His vibrant seductive blooms and deep breakbeat bassline performance were perfect for this venue in the skies. Label boss, DJ W!ld was up next and brought along a raft of his productions which exhibited across his set and resonated with the early Sunday morning crowd. A regular on Amsterdams vibrant club circuit, Ogazón graced the CDJ's next and played a distinctive electro-infused house set which saw DJ W!ld joining her for an impromptu B2B for good measure. Special Guests included Julian Chanca and Traumer with a special mention to Inessa Raum who represented the Dailiycid family formidably.
Spending a few days at ADE party-hopping across the city not to mention spending an absolute fortune in uber fares, you want to end your hedonistic ADE days with an absolute stomper, and this is where Elrow's madness comes to the rescue. Yes, we did hit Fuse after, but without attending Elrow at De Kromhouthal our ADE would never really be complete. The De Kromtouthal venue is a little further away from the action but perfect for that "Elrow" experience. It's the 5th consecutive year Elrow has hosted an ADE party with its 2019 edition donning the "Rowattacks" space theme. After catching a few hours of precious sleep, we miraculously made it on time to see an artist who seems to be everywhere at the moment, Michael Bibi. He was joined by ANTS chief, Andrea Oliva for a tasty B2B session of intergalactic proportions. This isn't the first time that these two have played alongside each other and the vibe between the two was unmistakable as the warehouse became hot and stuffy from metagalactic beats that were being thrown into Elrows universe. The Rowattacks show was in full swing as soaring flying saucers and friendly aliens battled it out an brought the fun back to our last day in the ADE solar system. After Bibi and Oliva's sonic offering, we were handsomely treated to some House royalty in the form of the one and only Eric Morillo. Witnessing the sheer passion this guy has for the music is awe-inspiring as he reverberated with the Elrow fans and proved why he is the liveliest and longest-serving disc jockeys in the realms of electronic music right now. However, in the midst of us succumbing to the Mr Morillos infectious vibes an air of curiosity still hung over the evening which most of us now wanted answering..." who is the special guest?"
The question was swiftly answered when Eric Morillo dropped "Turbo Time" from Patrick Topping and the man himself entered the venue. As Eric handed over to Tini Gessler and Chelina Manuhutu, it was almost like we wanted to fast forward so we could get straight to Toppings set. However much credit to Tini and Chelina who kept the energy high throughout their set which saw Tini Gessler draw some nice deep house flavours with some propulsive bass-led energy as she confirmed why she has bee a solid resident for the Elrow family for the last 3 years.
Before long they handed the baton to Patrick. We just knew that it was about to "go off" big time and the anticipation for tonight's guest was predictably solidified by the excitement of the crowd when they realized the Trick label boss was about to round off their ADE madness and they made themselves heard as he pressed play on his 1st track. We quickly relocated ourselves to the front of one of the larger speakers for our last dance as Patrick advanced through his performance with seamless effort and a smooth flow mixing things up a bit and powering through House and Techno-laden hits. The fairly expansive warehouse got shaken up by his impressive knob fiddling as he slammed the EQs back which appeared in a huge cheer from the house. The vibe felt cohesive all night, with disco and party-starting house music being the dominant sounds for Elrow ADE showcase and an exceptional party for us to conclude our 2019 ADE experience.
For Amsterdam Dance Event itself, its been another record-breaking edition. With 1,000 events spread across 200 locations, attracting over 400,000 visitors from a record number of nearly 150 countries, the numbers speak for themselves. If you have never been before then don't fret for next year ADE commemorates its 25th anniversary from 21-25 October 2020 for a massive city-wide fiesta.
More info about the program will follow soon, the ADE Pass and the ADE Conference Pass will be available from December 2nd 2020