The world-renowned Dutch dance festival is underway - here are the DJ's you can't miss
Marcus Barnes
21:00 17th October 2018

ADE Preview Amsterdam Dance Event kicks off this week, taking over the Dutch city for five days of electronic music industry progression and partying. The world-famous event attracts over 350,000 people from all over the planet, flying in to network, check out the comprehensive programme at the conference and, of course, catch some of the world’s greatest electronic music artists performing across the city. It’s one of the most important dates on the calendar if you’re a dance music fan or involved in the industry, and Gigwise will be there. Ahead of the forthcoming madness, here’s a preview featuring some of the many highlights at ADE this year...

Dj W!ld Presents Dailycid ADE

Wednesday 17 Oct
10:00pm - 7:00am
Het Sieraad, Postjesweg 1, 1057 DT

French maestro DJ W!LD takes his Dailycid party to Amsterdam with a motley crew of artists no doubt bringing the heat all night. House and techno will be catered with underground such as Traumer, Steve Rachmad and Ion Ludwig on the ones and twos for a fantastic start to ADE.

RADION Invites Andrew Weatherall

Wednesday 17 Oct
11pm – 6am
Louwesweg 1 ,1066 EA

The perfect way to kick off the week’s festivities, with the mighty RADION hosting a true innovator, Mr. Andrew Weatherall. With the man himself pinning all night long, this will be an almighty trip from start to finish - sending you into the following few days with a body and mind full of energy and enthusiasm.

Free Your Mind ADE: The Soundgarden x Sudbeat x Flying Circus

Thursday 18 Oct
4:00pm - 4:00am
Thuishaven, Contactweg 60, 1014BW

Three outfits team up for a 12-hour all day session at one of Amsterdam’s most exciting venues. Fans of the more ethereal side of house music will be in for a treat as Hernan Cattaneo goes back-to-back with Nick Warren. Flying Circus owners Audiofly also feature, along with a plethora of other talented selectors.

DGTL with Jeff Mills, Nina Kraviz, Bicep [live], Floorplan

Thursday 18 Oct
10:00pm - 7:00am
NDSM Scheepsbouwloods, TT. Neveritaweg 15 1033 WB

The huge NDSM warehouse will be taking a pounding this evening, with techno legend Jeff Mills top of the bill. Jeff’s intellectual forays into the cosmic side of techno music are guaranteed to blow your tiny little mind, with Nina Kraviz, Bicep and Floorplan also on the lineup, this is going to be a ridiculous party.

Loveland ADE - All Nighter: Dixon & me B2B

Thursday 18 Oct
10:00pm - 6:00am
Warehouse Houthavens, Minervahavenweg 1-5, 1013 AR

Perhaps one of the week’s most anticipated events, this is a rare treat and one which will attract a hell of a lot of ADE party people. Innervisions frontmen Dixon and me go back-to-back all night long at the intense Warehouse Houthavens for what should be a very special night indeed.

Safe Trip at Sexyland

Friday 19 Oct
8:00pm til late
Ms. van Riemsdijkweg 39, 1033 RC

Young Marco hosts this party at Sexyland, a unique club concept where a different owner takes the reins every day of the year. This one includes a BBQ too, so you won’t go hungry; great food and great music, one not to be missed.

Audio Obscura x Charlotte de Witte at Central Station

Friday 19 Oct
10:00 - 05:00
Amsterdam Central Station, Stationsplein, 1012 AB

If there’s one thing you can be sure of with Audio Obscura it’s that they’ll pull off a crazy party in an even crazier location. Somehow every year they manage to outdo themselves and this ADE they will be holding parties at Amsterdam’s Centraal Station… Charlotte De Witte all night long is bound to be a killer event.

Breakfast Club

Saturday 20 Oct
7:00am - 6:00pm
RADION, Louwesweg 1 ,1066 EA

There aren’t very many parties that include food in the ticket price, but Breakfast Club has become infamous for its offer of a cooked breakfast to accompany the excellent music. Make sure you get there in time for the wonderful Peggy Gou, it’ll be heaven for your ears and stomach.

All Day I Dream of ADE

Saturday 20 Oct
12:30 - 8:30pm
WesterUnie, Klönneplein 4-6

Lee Burridge brings his ADID crew to Amsterdam for two parties running across the whole of Saturday. Part one takes place during the day and promises to be one of ADE’s highlights with the man himself alongside YokoO and Sébastien Léger - say no more...

Cartel X Paradiso ADE 2018: Detroit Love with Carl Craig

Saturday 20 Oct
10:00pm - 7:00am
Paradiso, Weteringschans 6; 1017 Binnenstad

Detroit pioneer Carl Craig hosts his annual ADE party at Paradiso, undoubtedly one of Amsterdam’s best venues. He’ll be accompanied by two more techno godfathers, Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson; forming a legendary trio that will deliver top notch music from start to finish.

Felabration, Celebrating African Dance Music

Saturday 20 Oct
7:30pm - 5:00am
Paradiso Noord / Tolhuistuin, IJpromenade 2

If you’re a fan of African sounds, or want to explore that side of electronic music, then this is the place for you. Felabration started out as a celebration of the mighty Fela Kuti and has now extended its remit to include all forms of African dance music, making this one of ADE’s most unique parties.

Volkshotel ADE - Sit Down with Selected Ambient Works pt I & II

Sunday 21 Oct
3:00 – 5:00pm (Doors 2:30pm)
Wibautstraat 150, 1091 GR Amsterdam

On the last day of ADE get yourself down to the Volkshotel to experience a very clever idea; a chance to sit down and listen to Aphex Twin’s ‘Selected Ambient Works pt I & II’ and then listen to a discussion about the seminal work.

The Gardens of Babylon ADE: The Seekers of Light

Sunday 21 Oct
12:00pm - 1:00am
WesterUnie, Klönneplein 4-6

This event starts off with a meditation ceremony, and has a massage area on site. For all the weary ADE revellers, this will be a godsend - not to mention all the amazing artists who’ll be playing all the way through to 1am.

Cuttin' Headz & Fuse London

Sunday 21 Oct
10:00pm - 8:00am
Warehouse Elementenstraat, Elementenstraat 25, 1014 AR

If you’ve still got some energy left in you after five days of solid dance floor action, then this is the place for you. The Martinez Brothers team up with Enzo Siragusa and the FUSE London gang for a raucous closing party that also includes Marco Carola, tINI, Rossko, Rich NXT and many more. Strictly for the headstrong.

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