Amsterdam Dance Event installation
Amsterdam Dance Event installation, Amsterdam. 2015 - Credits : ADE

Amsterdam Dance Event announces first festival acts for 2016

Alexandre Trochut

The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), the world’s largest club-based festival and conference for electronic music, will take place this year from the 19th to 23rd of October. The organisers are expecting around 375,000 national and international visitors for the 21st edition. The first wave of festival acts is revealed today, along with further keynote speakers for ADE Conference.

ADE Conference: further keynote speakers announced

ADE’s multiple conference streams connect the worldwide music industry, offering the ultimate annual business and inspiration platform in the field of electronic music. Divided into nine themed programs, ADE’s comprehensive conference covers every aspect of the modern music industry, featuring dedicated programming for business professionals, start-ups, aspiring producers and musicians, students, VJs, visual artists and stage designers. The programs also feature in-depth expertise and insight into the harder and urban music genres, the connection between dance & brands, the relationship between music and technology, and sustainable, ecologically responsible practices for the global dance music industry.

Keynote speakers confirmed for 2016 include Kickstarter’s head of music Molly Neuman, Def Jam CEO Steve Bartel and COO of Red Light Management Bruce Eskowitz. Mute founder Daniel Miller will keynote on the importance of spontaneity in music and CEO of artist management firm Emagen Entertainment Group Anthony Saleh will keynote Q&A on 21st century management. Plus, ADE is honoured to welcome another true innovator of the global independent scene, Martin Goldschmidt, Managing Director of the global indie label Cooking Vinyl. Grammy Award winner Om’mas Keith, TommyD, and Luca Pretolesi also join the 2016 speaker line-up. The trio of legendary producers will be talking 21st century studio life and timeless technique. With over 400 speakers to be announced this is set to be the biggest edition to date.

ADE Festival

As previously announced, this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event Festival will open with ‘Scripted Orkestra’, a collaboration between the acclaimed producer/composer/performer Henrik Schwarz and the world’s leading non-classical orchestra Metropole Orkest. With acts such as Bakermat, Dixon, Levon Vincent, Margaret Dygas, Maya Jane Coles, Martin Garrix, Richie Hawtin, Robin Schulz, Seth Troxler, Tale of Us and the Martinez Brothers also announced, ADE’s Festival line-up is beginning to take shape. Among the first selection of artists are:

About ADE

In the past twenty years ADE has grown into a globally renowned platform for the international dance and electronic music scene. The festival is the perfect place to spot the latest musical trends and emerging talents, as well as hearing the most recent work of both electronic music pioneers and current superstar acts. In addition to the extensive line-up of the ADE Festival, the ADE Playground offers music enthusiasts a large and varied daytime program including exhibitions, in-store promotions, pop-up stores and film screenings all over the city center. The business aspect of the event (ADE Conference) is recognized as the most important of its kind, presenting a broad range of conferences and networking opportunities that focus on music and technology, VJs & visuals, sustainability, dance & brands, harder dance styles, new talent and the education of students.