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The Amsterdam Dance Event
is a conference for electronic music and a large-scale club event festival based in the city of Amsterdam
Amsterdam is the largest city and the capital of the Netherlands. The current position of Amsterdam as capital city of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is governed by the constitution of August 24, 1815 and its successors. Amsterdam has a population of 783,364 within city limits, an urban population...
, in the Netherlands
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. The festival is held annually in mid-October and takes place in 40 clubs spread all over the city. At daytime the festival is a platform for business and knowledge exchange for international electronic music industry professionals and at nighttime it is a club event hosting concerts and DJ acts in night clubs, night cafes and bars all over the city of Amsterdam.
Born as a small conference in 1996 with only approximately hundred visitors and thirty DJs hosting, the ADE started as a daytime conference that extended to nighttime club events the following three venues: Paradiso
Paradiso is an iconic rock music venue and cultural center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.-History:It is housed in a converted former church building that dates from the nineteenth century and that was used until 1965 as the meeting hall for a liberal Dutch religious group known as the "Vrije...
The Melkweg is a popular music venue and cultural center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It is located on the Lijnbaansgracht, near the Leidseplein, a prime nightlife center of Amsterdam. It is housed in a former warehouse and is divided into a number of spaces of varying sizes...
and Club Escape. Over time it augmented its scale and opened the gates for other clubs such as Panama, Sugar Factory and Bitterzoet. The ADE still serves as a networking platform for music professionals, DJs, club promotors, artists and labels combined with a dance event including thousand dj-sets every night during the festival.
Similar to the Miami Winter Music Conference
The Winter Music Conference is a weeklong electronic music conference, held every March since the mid-1980s in Miami, Florida, United States. Venues are hosted primarily in Downtown Miami and Miami's South Beach...
, the Amsterdam Dance Event is staged around discussion panels and a gathering of artists. As part of the festival, the ADE NEXT is a platform for knowledge exchange for uprising DJs, producers and professional labels and bookers.