The eighteenth edition of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), the world’s leading electronic music industry gathering, attracted a record 300,000 festival visitors and 5,000 conference delegates this year to the beautiful city of Amsterdam from Oct 16 – 20.
The 300,000 who attended ADE’s Festival portion were treated to an overwhelming array of performances from over 2000 national and international artists. For five whole days, music fans could choose from over 300 different events in 115 venues where almost every genre was represented. As normally occurs at ADE, on Saturday during the DJMag Top 100 show, Dutch DJ Hardwell was voted as the new #1 DJ in the world. See the full results here.
Photo from Awakenings at Westergasfabriek, 10/16
The conference also sold out in record time this year. The 2013 series featured over 300 speakers, including Nile Rodgers, Duncan Stutterheim (ID&T), Giorgio Moroder, Bob Lefsetz, Armin van Buuren, Richie Hawtin, Kyle Hopkins (Microsoft), Tiësto, Nate Auerbach (Tumblr), and many more. The inaugural edition of sustainability forum ADE Green, a joint initiative between ID&T and ADE, also kicked off with much success.
To add to the excitement around ADE, this year marks the celebration of 25 years of dance music in The Netherlands. In celebration, ADE hosted multiple initiatives to join the festivities, such as the presentation of the book Mary Go Wild, which chronicles the history of Dutch dance music, club events, indoor and outdoor exhibitions, and numerous presentations and movie screenings.