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By Jaime Sloane

Amsterdam — The world’s largest club festival Amsterdam Dance Event is back for another year of musical mayhem, featuring more than 2500 artists performing across 140 venues throughout the city. Industry players will spend their days leading and attending conferences, conducting business over coffee and browsing the latest in technology, but at night these networkers and fans alike will flock to parties on all ends of the music genre spectrum. DJ Times has selected our top events to attend:

What: Awakenings ADE
Where: Gashouder
When: Wednesday, Oct. 17 – Sunday Oct. 21

Holland’s own Awakenings, the largest outdoor techno festival in the world, will return to the cavernous Gashouder for seven straight nights of hard-hitting underground beats. Following its opening night with sets from the likes of Shlømo and Charlotte De Witte, Awakenings will host showcases from Adam Beyer’s Drumcode, Maceo Plex’s Mosaic, Joris Voorn & Friends, Joseph Capriati Invites and Klockworks presents Photo.

Where: Scheepsbouwloods
When: Thursday Oct. 18 – Saturday Oct. 20

After five successful years of DGTL ADE takeovers, the festival experience acclaimed for combining music, art and technology will return for three days of stacked programming. Jeff Mills will host his sole ADE performance of the year, followed by Jamie Jones’ Paradise soiree and, new to the DGTL family, Bonobo’s Outlier project.

What: Orbital (extra concert)
Where: Paradiso
When: Thursday Oct. 18 and Friday Oct. 19

Electro-hypnotica wizards Orbital are back and better than ever, fresh off the heels of their firstalbum in five years ‘Monsters Exist.’ The pioneering brother pair will participate in official ADE panels by day, then showcase their mind-melting beats for a two-night run at Paradiso.

What: A night with bitbird
Where: Melkweg Amsterdam
When: Thursday Oct. 18

Genre-crossing indie label bitbird will partner with Run The Trap Events to host their official showcase at Amsterdam hotspot Melkweg for the second year in a row. The lineup touches all corner of the dancefloor with sets by everyone from label heavyweights SAN HOLO and DROELOE to imprint darlings Autolaser and Duskus.

What: VBX x FRRC
Where: Warehouse Elementenstraat
When: Friday Oct. 19

Chilean soundbender Ricardo Villalobos is teaming up with renowned Amsterdam promoter VBX to present Frequency Resonance Remote Control. At Villalobos’ only ADE set of the week, he’ll be joined by his techno-towing cohorts Seth Troxler, Zip, and Sonja Moonear to name a few.

What: Thuishaven Friday with Life and Death
Where: Thuishaven
When: Friday Oct. 19

DJ Tennis’ boundary-bashing label Life and Death returns to Thuishaven with a heavy-hitting lineup of seasoned selectors. Veterans like Axel Boman, Red Axes and Job Jobse once again helm the event’s programming, while Henrik Shwarz will debut his live set with the imprint, and fellow newcomer Roman Flügel promises a master class in synth-fueled distortion.

What: Keinemusik ADE
Where: Chicago Social Club
When: Friday Oct. 19

Following two sold-out installments, Berlin’s dynamic Keinemusik label revisits ADE, headlined by imprint flag bearers Rampa, &ME, Adam Port and Reznik. Known for their freethinking, techy dubplates, Keinemusik’s showcase will take attendees on a far-flung sonic journey.

What: Afterlife
Where: Warehouse Elementenstraat
When: Saturday Oct. 20

Tale of Us will once again descend upon ADE with their worldwide event series Afterlife, but for the first time the Berlin-based duo’s legendary party will last 24 hours. Heralded as “an odyssey through the realm of consciousness,” the full-day marathon will feature two curated rooms with sets from acts including Recondite (live), Mind Against, and Patrice Baumel, as well as a special back-to-back performance from Solomun and Dixon.

What: Dockyard Festival
Where: Havenpark
When: Saturday Oct. 20

One of ADE’s most celebrated annual affairs, Dockyard Festival returns for its fourth edition, this year teaming up with sister festival Mystic Garden for a massive twelve-hour romp. Dockyard’s edgy, industrial aesthetic will be juxtaposed with Mystic Garden’s fairy-like dreamland, offering punters the best of both worlds and a plethora of musical options. The two festivals will host a combined six curated areas from Cocoon, Mindshake, Machine, A.T.E, Gem Records and Terminal One.


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