ADE Conference Highlights Amsterdam Dance Event
ADE Conference Highlights Amsterdam Dance Event

Everything you need to know before attending ADE 2022: a small guide

There is always more to discover in the city during ADE, whether you're a first-time visitor seeking for the greatest festival events or a seasoned delegate trying to make the most of your vacation.

The Amsterdam Dance Event has completed the schedule for its 2022 edition with the additions of Avalon Emerson (US), Chuckie (NL), Cata.Pirata (ZA), DJ Marcelle (NL), Hyperaktivist (VE), Kölsch (DK), Lion Kojo (NL), Mama Snake (DK), Nicky Romero (NL), Oish (NL), Peggy Gou (KR), Skin on Skin (SD), Tijana T (RS), and many others. The world’s largest club event and most significant electronic music conference begin in one week, making Amsterdam the center of the international electronic music scene for five days and nights.

Recently confirmed events include the A’DAM Toren lineup with over 25 events in a single building, an indoor ADE edition of Milkshake Festival, as well as events at Koepelkerk, OT301 and new venues including The Other Side and Yellow House. On Sunday, ADE 2022 will come to an end with events like the open-to-all ADE Hangover at the NDSM dock.

Amsterdam Dance Event 2022 in short

The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), a music conference and festival, is widely regarded as the center of the electronic music creative community. ADE features a daytime conference, an arts and cultural program, and a nightly celebration with over 1000 events spread across around 200 venues. Electronic music permeates Amsterdam for five days and nights.

The Amsterdam Dance Event Arts & Culture daytime program

The ADE Arts & Culture daytime program, which runs concurrently with the festival, is back for a second time. Exploring the crossovers between art and electronic music, the program will also highlight mental health and well-being, with events such as the mindful art experience Mark to the Music with DJ Marcelle at Museum van de Geest, and the serene installation Where There Is Light at Westerkerk. Other noteworthy events include the Re:master Dance Opera, the multidisciplinary performance Within Without II at Carré Royal Theater, the electronic dance museum Our House, as well as a variety of film programs at Melkweg Cinema, LAB111, De School, and other venues. Nxt Museum and Transmoderna also present three nights of audiovisual dance culture.

ADE Lab 2022

This year also marks the launch of the new ADE Lab program, a talent development program focused on aspiring producers and professionals, with key players in the industry taking part in masterclasses, Q&As and studio sessions including Alberta Balsam, B Jones, Carl Cox, Ellen Allien, KINK, Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein (Composers Stranger Things), Nicky Romero, Peggy Gou, Portrait XO, Reinier Zonneveld, Richie Hawtin, San Holo, SHERELLE, Tom Trago, and others. Additionally, visitors can learn insider information from international websites like TikTok, Spotify, YouTube, Armada Music, ID&T, KNTXT, and Spinnin’ Records.


Connect with other artists and professionals

Fans of the previous ADE Sound Lab and ADE University tracks can look forward to a brand-new track welcoming anyone with a slight or great curiosity to the electronic sounds, the culture, and its vibes to experience, meet, play, and learn, in addition to the core ADE Pro offering for seasoned industry professionals.

Through immersive and interactive workshops, first-hand knowledge from current industry leaders, hands-on individual sessions, and the very latest in hardware and software to get your hands on in new and immersive ways, the multi-day track places a strong emphasis on nurturing the next generation of creators and professionals.

The Conference and ADE Pro

The ADE Pro conference is centered on the business of electronic music, the industry’s future, and the world of electronic music. With these core focus tracks, the conference hosts in-depth keynotes and discussions with industry leaders at Warner Music, Coachella, Q-dance, Death Row Records, Billboard, FUGA, Lightyear, YouTube, Meta, Soundcloud, shesaid.so and more.

The conference will also host a series of futuristic initiatives as part of ADE’s focus on the future of live events and the impact of innovative tech such as AI, big data, web3 and the Metaverse, with ADE Blendrealities, transforming home base Felix Meritis into a hybrid VR space. Mental health, inclusivity, and social change are some of the other important subjects and themes that will be tackled at ADE Pro, as well as sustainability for music festivals and live events as part of the ADE Green conference.

ADE Pro gathers professionals from more than 150 countries as the ultimate business and inspiration event for the international electronic music sector. With a number of focus tracks that support the full value chain of electronic music, from creation to consumption, ADE Pro offers devoted programming at the ultimate pinnacle of our industry. These cover a wide range of subjects, including the music industry with insider information and strategies for music professionals, the future of the music scene with game-changing innovations and developments and all that the startup scene has to offer for electronic music, as well as sustainability, social change, (mental) health, and emerging scenes from around the world.