20th Anniversary of Amsterdam Dance Event a Success

Amsterdam Dance Event celebrates successful 20th anniversary edition

Global electronic music culture highlighted in record-breaking edition

The organizers of Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) have declared this year’s event a huge success. The world’s biggest club, festival and business platform for electronic music attracted a record number of 365,000 visitors and 5,500 professionals from the music world to make the 20th edition of the five-day event the biggest one yet.

As usual, thousands of dance music fans and music industry professionals flocked to Amsterdam to experience global electronic music culture in all its aspects. The ADE Conference noted another sold out edition, the music culture program, ADE Playground, showcased electronic music in art, film and gear installations and the ADE Festival kept 180,000 people dancing on the busiest night (Saturday).

485 speakers. 2289 artists.
Among the many speakers at ADE Conference and ADE Playground were Dave Smith (Grammy-winning Synth designer, US), Greg Consiglio (President & CEO, Beatport, US), Hardwell (NL), Jeff Mills (US), Juan Atkins (US), KiNK (BG), Kölsch (DK), B.Traits (CA), Kyle Hopkins (head of music supervision, Microsoft, US), Machinedrum (US), Matt Black (Ninjatune, GB), Rob Stone (The FADER/Cornerstone, US), Robert Hood (US), Roger Linn (LinnStruments, US), Sean Wilder (Immersive, GB), Skrillex (US), The Black Madonna (US) and many others. At ADE Festival, emerging talents, current superstar acts and electronic music pioneers were among the 2,289 performing artists from all over the world who showcased the latest musical trends.

Official facts & figures
Artists: 2289
Speakers: 510
Events: 1001
Festival & Playground visitors: 365.000
Conference visitors: 5.500
Journalists & media: 500

Leading the way
Richard Zijlma, director of ADE, sees the Amsterdam dance platform leading the international scene for the next twenty years. “Over the last twenty years we have widened the scope of ADE step-by-step and we want to keep developing. This year, for example, we had the first ADE Beats, a hip-hop program, and ADE Sound Lab about the technological evolution of sound. We will always look for ways to keep things fresh and ways to move forward and add to the festival.”

This year BEATPORT, global pulse of electronic music and culture, provided fans of electronic music worldwide unprecedented access to the music, performances, and events taking place at the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) as the official livestream partner via Beatport Live, Beatport’s new livestreaming platform. Take a look back at some of the best bits at ade.beatport.com