The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is both a music conference and festival and is widely recognized as the global meeting point for the creative industry around electronic music. Consisting of a daytime conference & festival and nighttime festival program, with a total of more than 1000 events in nearly 200 locations, it is often a difficult task to keep track of everything on offer. To try and lighten the load we have compiled a list of our ADE: Essentials: Wednesday.
Rush Hour In-Store
Rush Hour Records is the vinyl store dedicated to both unearthing lost gems and supporting new talent. Since opening its first physical shop in 1997 in the basement of a hairdressers, the store and record label has become a crucial part of dance music culture not only in its home city of Amsterdam but across the world.
As the city swells to capacity with the furthest reaches of electronic music making their annual pilgrimage to dance utopia, Rush Hour records have carved a reputation as a go-to destination for dance music connaisseurs, looking to brush shoulders with other learned crate diggers. Across the week Rush Hour host a series of in-store sessions, with guests announced the week before. The sound & style of each varies but you can expect a broad spectrum of house, techno, disco and breakbeat as the controls are handed to some of the games best purveyors of left field, obscure sound waves.
TOP TIP: Arrive early as the venue reaches capacity fast becoming one in one out. However, if you do have to queue you can use the line as a great way to chat with other highly knowledgeable crate diggers.
The Only One in the Room
ADE is of course as much about the all-night parties as it is about building strategies for the future growth of club culture. Amsterdam Dance Event is the largest global gathering of industry experts with talks, seminars and discussions taking place throughout the week on a range of topics.
The Only One in the room is a talk with Five female music professionals and one male discussing research, personal experiences, and concrete action points around gender diversity and inclusion in the traditional music industry. They will focus on companies such as major labels, Live Nation, and the music tech sector. The reality is that everyone has been ‘talking about D&I’ but not a lot of real progress has been made.
Taking place at the De La Mar Theatre in the very heart of the city this will be an interesting and informative talk to break up and provoke thought between parties.
Richie Hawtin CLOSE & ModeSelektor (Live)
One of the beautiful things about Amsterdam is the vastness and variation in the cities architecture. The city blends ornate gabled facades with modern minimalism as well as raw industriousness. Although most European cities bost buildings as striking as the Sheepsbouwlouds, few councils allow the gathering of a thousand people for mind-altering techno raves.
On Wednesday the space will host an audiovisual show, from none other than ’Richie Hawtin. Using his new CLOSE’ project he will look to challenge the distinction between DJ’ing and a live performance by connecting the unique relationship between human creativity and technology. The audiovisual performance is an intimate affair where the audience can follow this man-machine relationship through the lenses of intimately placed cameras.
Before CLOSE, Berlin duo Modeselektor will perform their applauded live set as well as support from UK DJ Sophie.
TOP TIP: Several ferries operate from the northern side of Amsterdam Central station and can get you to NDSM wharf. These are free for foot passengers so just hop on and off.
20 Years of Bedrock
2019 marks a huge year for John Digweed and his Bedrock label as it turns 20, having started releasing music back in 1999. 20 years is a feat that many labels dream of but few rarely stand the test of time. It is a testament to John and his service to dance music that the label is still recognised as one the leading labels for progressive and breaks since its inception. With ADE around the corner, the label has announced its plans for the week with an extended set from the legendary label boss at the newly opened Ponton.
Ponton has already established itself as one of the cities most breathtaking venues whilst serving as a vessel for the Amsterdam underground and beyond. The venues purpose? To let the visitors experience art in a pleasing and carefree setting. They take music seriously alongside the other key elements of a party sound quality, atmosphere and crew members.
Located on The River IJ across Amsterdam CS at the creative hotspot that is the NDSM terrain. The venue combines a mixture of indoor and outdoor clubbing space which allows for its visitors to truly experience its vision. Looking out over the river gives the visitors the chance to absorb the surroundings and unwind in our disengaged setting.
AUS & Floorplan present ‘Supernatural’
Across the IJ river, a stone’s throw from Amsterdam’s historic city centre lies Shelter. Amsterdam’s youngest haven for quality dance music. Built around the idea of creating a home away from home for veteran clubbers and enthusiastic newcomers alike, Shelter Amsterdam provides a diverse clubbing experience in the Dutch capital – with design, experience and sound quality continually in mind. Next to its musical cornerstones, distinct House and Techno, Shelter’s programming is set on curating sounds from the vanguard of dance music, showcasing electronica from the defining outreaches of the industry.
On Wednesday Shelter will play host to the father-daughter electronic duo Floorplan who celebrate the release their first LP in three years on Aus Music. Techno veteran Robert Hood and daughter Lyric Hood have collaborated across ten new tracks. This LP marks Floorplan’s Aus Music debut and a rare release years outside of M-Plant, Robert Hood’s techno label. As always there are no half measures at Shelter who have invited Detroit Swindle, Cinthie, Will Saul and Tracey to play across the night.
TOP TIP: The Overhoeksplein district is one of Amsterdam’s newest attractions with great waterside restaurants. Why not head down early and grab a bite to eat before an all-night rave.