We pick our top parties and talks at what's looking like the biggest ADE yet.

Amsterdam Dance Event kicks off this week and with so many events, talks, and conferences to choose from, we thought we'd narrow down the field and present our top picks, including those from the party offering and the conference. XLR8R has also partnered with select events to offer XLR8Rplus subscribers free passes to certain parties. You can find out more about the offer here, with our ADE event picks below.

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The TRIBE Invites Yoyaku—Day and Night party

October 20; Bret / October 21; RADION

This year, Paris-based booking agency, store, label, and distributor Yoyaku will host two events at ADE, showcasing their impressive roster of artists in collaboration with The TRIBE. Headed up by Mayaan Nidam, the daytime party—which goes down at Radion—will also feature performances by Zendid, Lamache B2B Lowris, Christoffer Zaza, and Doris Nicholas. The party then moves to the intimate settings of Bret Nightclub with Varhat B2B Janeret, Oshana (live), Roger Gerressen, and Children of Valis closing out the night. Be sure to check out Zendid’s recent XLR8R podcast, featuring over an hour of hypnotic deep minimal house gems to get you in the mood for what will certainly be a great party.

XLR8R is offering XLR8Rplus subscribers free passes and guest list spots to this party, find out more here.


Slapfunk Records ADE Special 

October 18; Claire Nightclub

Slapfunk Records was established in Utrecht, Holland In 2011 and has since gone on to become one of the scene's most impressive imprints with releases from Ryan Elliot, Bicep, Detroit Swindle, MOLLY, and more. They’re now hosting a special party at ADE to celebrate the best in house music with Leo Pol, Ryan Elliott, Detroit legend Daniel Bell, and more spread across two rooms at the Claire nightclub in the center of Amsterdam. Expect timeless tunes from Bell and groovy modern house from Leo pol. 

XLR8R is offering XLR8Rplus subscribers free passes and guest list spots to this party, find out more here.

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BON A PARTE x Imprints Records x ADE 

20 October; Oosterbar

Bon A Parte have been quietly going about their business with minimum fuss, all the while ensuring quality bookings and a great atmosphere. The Amsterdam natives have booked the like of Evan Baggs, Saoirse, and ATEQ but it’s their ADE line-up this year that shows that they have really taken a leap forward with four quality selectors that could each easily be the main attraction. Teaming up with Imprint records, home of some of the best minimal techno and house around at the moment, label heads Domenica Rosa and Riccardo will play alongside Markus Sommer and 100h, who both have releases on Imprints. Be prepared for a sonic journey through house, minimal, techno, and garage from some top-quality selectors.



VBX x tINI and the gang—October 18; Bret 

VBX x FRCC—October 19; Warehouse Elementenstraat 

Shelter x VBX—October 20; Shelter

VBX Afterhours—October 20; Bret

VBX have certainly made a statement at this year's ADE with arguably some of the biggest lineups of the festival. They kick things off with a night with tINI and the gang, featuring tINI, Molly, Makcim, and Pelle & Roon at popular venue Bret. The second event is, arguably, the biggest of ADE and finds VBX teaming up with FRCC, Ricardo Villalobos' Frequency Resonance Remote Control, for a lineup that oozes talent with Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler, Zip, Sonja Moonear, Steve Rachmad, Nicolas Lutz, and Spokenn (Ferro & Reiss) in the industrial setting of Warehouse Elementenstraat. Following that, on October 20, VBX will host an afterhours with Dyed Soundorom, Voigtmann, Max Vaahs, Makcim, and Reiss. To round off the marathon of musical talent on offer, VBX has invited Praslesh (Raresh & Praslea), Fumiya Tanaka, Francesco Del Garda, Ferro, and Kristina to throw down at Shelter. Even picking just one of these would be a difficult choice so a quadruple header might just be the only way to do it. 

XLR8R is offering XLR8Rplus subscribers free passes and guest list spots to the VBX parties, find out more here. Note: Due to high demand, the list for VBX x FRCC with Ricardo Villalobos is now closed.

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October 19; Bret 

October 20; Chicago Social Club

PIV kicks off ADE with a party at the intimate Bret club on the October 19 with Archie Hamilton, Paolo Rocco, Alix Alvarez, and more. Expect minimal house grooves perfect for the dancefloor. The following night, PIV returns with a couple of the biggest legends in house music today, with Boo Williams and Kenny Dope playing at the appropriately named Chicago Social Club. We can’t think of a more fitting place to see these two house music pioneers at work. 

XLR8R is offering XLR8Rplus subscribers free passes and guest list spots to this party, find out more here.


Tremor presents I.T. x Freerotation x Second Wave at RADION 

October 19; RADION

Interdimensional Transmissions is heading over from Detroit to collaborate with Tresor, one of the most famous party institutions in Berlin, and Freerotaion, one of the finest small festivals in operation. The event will be held at RADION with XLR8R favorite and Detroit native DJ Stingray, Beverly Hills 808303 (aka I-F / InterFerence), DJ Bone (electro set), Ectomorph (live), Peverelist, Steevio & Suzybee (live), Erika, Mercal, Marlon, Benjamins & LEWIE.


Cartel X Paradiso ADE 2018: Motor City Drum Ensemble & Hunee

October 21; Paradiso

Hunee and Motor City Drum Ensemble are both known for their unrelenting digging and smooth-as-silk sets for of up-tempo house, soul, disco, and funk—and it's in the club environment that they really shine. Held at Paradiso, one of Amsterdam's most famous concert halls, this beautiful venue is the perfect spot to see these two artists in their prime. Also playing are David Vunk, Tenzers, Beesmunt Soundsystem, Pablo Discobar Soundsystem, Makcim, and Just Pete 

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Het Weekend at De school

October 19—22; De School

Opening on Friday, October 19 and running through the weekend until Monday, October 22, this party is not for the faint of heart. The venue, which used to be a school, is more than a nightclub: it also has a concert venue, a restaurant, a café, and an exhibition space. Over the three days of Het Weekend, you can catch Marcel Dettmann, Batu, Jasper Wolff, and Maarten Mittendorff alongside a huge range of predominantly Dutch DJs—you can also expect some beautiful art installations, a staple of De School. 


Awakenings ADE X Maceo Plex Presents Mosaic at Gashouder

October 19; Gashouder

If techno is your flavor of dance music then this event is a must. Maceo Plex has pulled together some of the biggest and best names to play Gashouder, one of the most spectacular clubs around. The lighting show, production, and overall enormity of the venue makes for a spectacular visceral and auditory experience up there with some of the best clubs in the world. As usual with Awakenings, they’ve managed to get the best techno DJs around, including Ben UFO, Floating Points, Maceo Plex, Helena Hauff, Young Marco, and Architectural.


ADE '18 Closing After Party DRUMS

October 21; Undercurrent

For ADE, DRUMS has gone all out with a Romanian dominated line-up featuring Amorf, Barac, Cap, and Priku, among others. They’ve also enlisted Vlada, our favorite DJ from Sunwaves Festival last year, Ion Ludwig, and Giegling's DJ Dustin, Edward, and SaPa. Running for 24 hours, the party takes place in two rooms at Undercurrent and is the perfect way to close out ADE—just make sure you have the stamina left.


Artists Empowering Their Community to Create Change


DeLaMar Theater (D5 Panel Room) | Marnixstraat 402, Amsterdam

“Dance music and politics are intrinsically intertwined and have been since its origins.” A question we regularly ask within our society: does being in a position of artistic influence mean that you take on the role of helping you or a specific community to create change? Being an artist in the public eye automatically puts you in a position where you can implement change, so should it be necessary to do so? These are questions and themes that are more relevant now than ever, so to hear about examples of artists really making a difference in their communities may inspire you and others to do the same. This talk is hosted by Blond:ish (CA), Dave Clarke (GB), Dominic Peters (Goldfish, SA), Sam Feldt (Artist, NL), and Tala Mortada (LB), with Alison Tickell (Julie's Bicycle, UK) leading the conversation. 

How a Modern Label Works 


Generator Amsterdam U2: Panel Room | Mauritskade 57, Amsterdam

This talk is a must for anyone wanting to create a label or learning about the benefits of a modern label and the influence it can have. Hosting this talk is Kimberly Tanikromo (Bitbird, NL), Matthew Gawrych (Ghostly, US), Thorwald van den Akker (Bitbird, NL), Roland Leesker (Get Physical, DE), and Dave Jenkins (DJ Mag, GB).

The Goldmine for Record Diggers 


Generator Amsterdam U2: Panel Room | Mauritskade 57, Amsterdam

Discogs is undoubtedly one of the most important platforms in underground music due to the amount of information and breadth of music on offer. and the influence the DJ has on these records. So what better way to gain information about the art of digging than from the creators of the platform themselves. The talk will feature Alfred Dual (Discogs, US), Nik Kinloch (Discogs, US), Ronald Rich (Discogs, US), with Claire Pace (Discogs, AUS) acting as the moderator.

A Road Map for People on the Road Part 1—Mental and Physical Well-Being


DeLaMar Theater (D4 Panel Room) | Marnixstraat 402, Amsterdam

Part one of this three-part series focuses on DJs and artists on the road and the mental and physical toll being on tour can have on someone. The talk will provide an insight into the effects of touring and how to combat problems when they arise. Heading up the series will be life coach Claudia Schaper der Alderwereldt van Sint John, womans empowerment leader Ungenita Prevost, Blaise DeAngelo, founder of wellness retreat remedy, and green-room consultant Clare Scivier.