It feels surreal to write this, given the immensely exhausting situation global nightlife has faced over the last few years. But, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, one of the industry’s premier events is just around the corner. Thousands of people will be checking kitchen drawers for their passports and cramming as much as possible into struggling carry-ons over the weekend as the hallowed Amsterdam Dance Event will finally return in a tangible format next week.
As a result of the recently announced Covid restrictions by the Dutch government, the ADE team has worked together with the Amsterdam municipality, club owners and festival organisers to help enable the city’s electronic music scene to host festival events during the day.
Speaking about this year’s event, Meindert Kennis and Jan-Willem van de Ven, ADE’s two co-directors, say: “Although a small number of organisers had to cancel their event, there’s more than plenty left to create an amazing ADE. Despite the limitations, we are pleased that ADE can help support the sector in this way after a difficult period and that together we show how strong we are as an industry.”
Amsterdam Dance Event’s festival program can be found on the ADE website and will be further updated online leading up to ADE – which takes place at venues across Amsterdam from October 13-17.