Amsterdam Dance Event | 18 – 22 October, 2023
ADE, an initiative of Buma has grown into the world’s largest and most influential club-based festival and conference for electronic music. The event continues to grow and develop each year, featuring over 2,500 artists and 600 speakers in almost 200 venues. The five-day event attracts visitors from over 146 countries and features every conceivable aspect of electronic music culture, with dedicated conference programming, an extensive Arts & Culture programme, live music and DJ/artist performances, all spread across the city of Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Dance Event runs from October 18—22, 2023 and is the world’s most extensive festival and conference program for electronic music. Live performances have become a staple of the ADE Festival program in recent years, with venues such as Paradiso, Melkweg, Concertgebouw and others offering a wide variety of live music. Highlights include the electro organic sounds of jazz quartet ECHT!, Jameszoo in Muziekgebouw, a live performance by Overmono, a one-off concert by Mary Lake and Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest, and many others.

Festival program and ticket info is available here and the ADE Pro Pass is available here.

The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) introduces the new ‘Essential Insider Knowledge’ series as part of ADE Pro to offer unparalleled insights into the ever-evolving digital music landscape for artists and professionals, with the inclusion of top-level minds at global industry giants TikTok, Spotify, and YouTube, alongside innovative platforms Beatport and TuneCore. These latest confirmations introduce a hands-on approach to the ADE Pro experience with insightful strategies to empower growth and success.

Essential Insider Knowledge
Following the recent announcement outlining its first major topics and the Strategies, Opportunities and Responsibilities framework at this year’s conference, ADE Pro now introduces the Essential Insider Knowledge series as a core part of its Strategies track.
The series of keynotes and talks will feature the likes of TikTok’s Global Head of Music, Ole Obermann, to share valuable insights and strategies on the global platform. Attendees will also gain a comprehensive understanding of music business and growing communities on YouTube with leading figures such as YouTube’s Head of Music Business Development Mathieu Rousselot and STMPD RCRDS’ Coen Calkhoven. Meanwhile, top-level leaders at Spotify are set to demystify the platform’s vast opportunities and provide hands-on tools to empower artists and music professionals alike.
In addition, professionals can also delve into the realms of electronic music distribution and production with Beatport’s Senior Vice President of Creator Services, Helen Sartory, who will share her insights on the platform’s role in amplifying music for both producers and DJs. Furthermore, Andreea Gleeson, CEO of TuneCore, will discuss the interplay between music creation and AI in the platform’s future. Under Gleeson’s leadership, TuneCore has earned accolades such as Fast Company’s third most innovative music company, and this keynote delves into the platform’s innovative approach to music creation and distribution.
A bunch of other speakers, companies, fields and topics is part of the program. It includes lot of world class artists like Dillon Francis, The Blessed Madonna, Armin van Buuren, Kittin, HoneyLuv and DJ Minx, alongside organisers of Sziget, DGTL, ARC Music Festival, Milkshake and many others. In addition, the Grammy award winning composer of The White Lotus is set to dive in to the making and process of the hit series’ iconic soundtrack, and we explore the latest developments into artificial intelligence, covering its potential in predicting hits and more.
“The menù” includes also Adam Beyer on the success of Drumcode, Jayda G and how she inspires climate action, A-Trak on 15 years of Fool’s Gold Records, alongside Röyksopp, Juba, Don Diablo, Dimitri Vegas, Miss Nine, Sony Music and STMPD RCRDS for creative keynotes & masterclasses, plus the leaders at Google, SEG and other AI experts to explore their vision on how AI will transform our industry.
ADE Arts & Culture
ADE Arts & Culture returns for its third edition, continuing to find the artistic connections between electronic music and other art forms. For its 2023 edition, the program focuses on today’s artists, the positive impact electronic music has on its creators and listeners, and broadening visitors’ horizons. Alongside the previously announced standout piece ATMEN at Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, the first events include collaborations between Het HEM and Horst, Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest and Mary Lake, and De School and Boris Acket.
The 2023 edition of ADE Arts & Culture is rapidly shaping up with a wide array of cultural collaboration projects including ‘New HHHorizons’ by Het HEM and arts and music organisation Horst, to be showcased at Thomaskerk. At Bimhuis, a one-off synthesis awaits with the Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest and DJ Mary Lake blending techno and Arabic music. Boris Acket takes over De School with ‘TIJDSDUUR‘, a month-long exhibition that challenges conventional notions of time, inviting musical artists Jameszoo, Helena Basilova, Spekki Webu and others to bring the works to life.

Further enriching the roster is ‘Rooted in Culture’ at Tolhuistuin, a deep dive into electronic music’s origins intertwined with black history and the LGBTQAI+ community. ‘Recharge & Revolt’ at the Melkweg Expo investigates rave culture as a powerful political instrument. Stadsarchief Amsterdam’s ‘Wie Danst Is Vrij’ allows visitors to dive into Amsterdam’s club culture from 1980 until now to celebrate the city’s unique nightlife, and the sounds of ‘River Without Banks’ will resound in the Portuguese Synagogue, creating a mesmerizing two-piano concert atmosphere.

Alongside the nighttime festival program, one of ADE’s newest tracks – ADE Arts & Culture – is celebrating its third edition, focusing on a new generation of creators, electronic music’s positive impact, and broadening horizons. The ADE Arts & Culture program ranges from interactive theater pieces such at Nicole Beutler’s ATMEN at Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, to the interdisciplinary Gay Guerilla by 24classics at Zuiderkerk, to a film program at venues such as Eye Filmmuseum, Melkweg Cinema, Kriterion and more.

The new ADE Startups program
Showcasing the future even further, ADE launches a new startup conference entitled ADE Startups to bring together a broad range of music & tech professionals. The new program also introduces The Chorus, a tight-knit community empowering the next generation of innovators. Out of 500 Music Startups, 8 global innovators have been selected by ADE‘s team of music investors to participate in the community year-through. These 8 startups will present their innovative ideas live on stage, for a true glimpse into the future.
ADE Green
The ADE Green program on Friday continues to play a vital role in pushing environmental consciousness, setting the sustainability and social change agenda for events and festivals, and driving new initiatives in the electronic music industry. Artists and institutes including Jayda G, Laidback Luke, Juba, Eli Goldstein, A Greener Future, Julie’s Bicycle, Climate Cleanup Foundation, Mysteryland and the MIT join the program to cover topics such as circular and climate-neutral events, renewable energy, CO2 compensation, social safety in clubs and festivals, mental health and more.

Among the second wave of announced artists are: 999999999 (IT), 8Kays (UA), Adam Beyer (SE), Alexia Glensy (GB), AliA (BE), Alienata (ES), Ambu Bambu (NL), Anetha (FR), A-Trak (CA), Barbara Boeing (BR), Bastienne (NL), Beau Didier (NL), Black Cadmium (NL), Blond:ish (CA), Boris Acket (NL), Boris Brejcha (DE), CamelPhat (GB), Carista (NL), Cassie Raptor (FR), Charlotte de Witte (BE), Chelina Manuhutu (NL), Christian Guerematchi (SI), Cincity (NL), Claptone (DE), Cobrah (SE), Dan Shake (GB), Dana Lixenberg (NL), Dasha Rush (RU), Dennis Ferrer (US), Dillon Francis (US), DIORA (ZA), DJ Heartstring (DE), DJ Holographic (US), DJ Hyperdrive (DE), Doudou MD (NL), Dr Banana (GB), Dr. Rubinstein (DE), DVS1 (US), East End Dubs (GB), Ellen Allien (DE), Fafi Abdel Nour (NL), Fatima Yamaha (NL), Fedde Le Grand (NL), FJAAK (DE), Fleur Du Bonheur (NL), Fleur Shore (GB), Flits (NL), Girls Don’t Sync (GB), Gizem Öz (TR), Gladde Paling (NL), Glenn Underground (US), Hardwell (NL), Héctor Oaks (DE), Helena Basilova (RU), Hernan Cattaneo (AR), HoneyLuv (US), Hot Since 82 (GB), I Hate Models (FR), Interplanetary Criminal (GB), Islandman (TR), JakoJako (DE), Jameszoo (NL), Jamie Jones (GB), JAMIIE (DE), JASSS (ES), Joost van Bellen (NL), JOPLYN (DE), Joris Voorn (NL), Josephine Zwaan (NL), KI/KI (NL), Kia (AU), Kirollus (GB), Kittin (FR), Kölsch (DK), Kurashi Soundsystem (NL), Layla Benitez (US), LB aka LABAT (FR), LOVE FOXY (DE), Lucas & Steve (NL), Lynnee Denise (US), mad miran (NL), Manda Moor (DK), Marcel Dettmann (DE), Marco Carola (IT), Marie Malarie (GB), Marie Montexier (DE), Marlon Hoffstadt (DE), Mau P (NL), Mino Abadier (NL), Miss Monique (UA), Mochakk (BR), Moody Mehran (NL), Narciss (DE), Nastia Reigel (DE), Nicole Beutler (DE), Nora En Pure (CH), Nostalgix (CA), Ogazón (DE), Parfait (FR), Partiboi69 (AU), Peggy Gou (DE), Raven (CA), Rebekah (GB), Reinier Zonneveld (NL), Ron Carroll (US), Sally C (GB), Sama Abdulhadi (FR), Samuel Deep (NL), Sandrien (NL), Solomun (BA), Spekki Webu (NL), Stephanie Sykes (GB), Strodano (PH), Sub Zero Project (NL), Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano (NL), Sweely (FR), Syreeta (GB), The Lady Machine (DE), Thoms Traxx (NL), tINI (DE), Tom Trago (NL), Tonno disko (NL), Van Anh (NL), and many, many more.

The Amsterdam Dance Event Foundation
is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to nurturing electronic music, its culture and its industry worldwide. The organisation devotes itself to stimulating development, innovation and talent, gathering the global industry and laying a foundation for future generations.

The Amsterdam Dance Event is organized by The Amsterdam Dance Event Foundation.
Founding partner: Buma

Main partners: Heineken 0.0 | Desperados