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October 2015



20th anniversary Amsterdam Dance Event great success

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. ADE’s conference noted another sold out edition, the music culture program Playground showcased electronic music in art, film, gear installations and the festival kept 180,000 people dancing at the same time on the busiest night.

485 speakers, 2,289 artists
Among the many speakers were Dave Smith (Grammy winning Synth designer, US), Greg Consiglio (President & CEO, Beatport, US), Hardwell (NL), Jeff Mills (US), Kölsch (DK), Kyle Hopkins (head of music supervision, Microsoft, US), Matt Black (Ninjatune, GB), Rob Stone (The FADER/Cornerstone, US), Robert Hood (US), Roger Linn (LinnStruments, US), Sean Wilder (Immersive, GB), Skrillex (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 2,289
Speakers 510
Events 1,001
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.”

About the ADE
Over the last 20 years ADE has become the leading platform for the international dance scene. It is the place ‘par excellence’ to identify the latest business practices and the freshest musical trends, ranging from emerging talents through to the most recent work of electronic music’s pioneers and superstars.

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The Amsterdam Dance Event took place this year from the 14th to the 18th of October and is organised by the Stichting Amsterdam Dance Event, an initiative of Buma. Official Partners of ADE: KPN and Samsung