Amsterdam Dance Event ADE 2022 - Felix Meritis (Credit Coen van Tartwijk)

8 events you can’t miss at Amsterdam Dance Event ADE 2021

Last updated:

With the Amsterdam Dance Event around the corner, parties, festivals, and events, in general, have started to be announced dramatically. Because of the government’s regulation that permits night’s events to run only until midnight, the number of parties that overlap is increasing. This is why, as every year, we have decided to collect the most interesting ones, according to our musical taste and experience. This is our list of the best 7+1 events during the Amsterdam Dance Event ADE 2021.

Awakenings ADE

It could be easily the most known event during the Amsterdam Dance Event but for the underground music lovers, Awakenings is the ultimate party destination. With 9 events on 2 venues, this year’s Awakenings is the biggest ever made. Not only the famous Gashouder but the Ziggo Dome will also hold Awakenings’ parties. The 13.000 capacity Ziggo Dome will host a special event with Reinier Zonneveld, which went would out in 3 hours after more than 100.000 people tried to save a ticket.

It’s unbelievable that my all-night live show in the Ziggo Dome with Awakenings sold out this fast. It feels like a dream coming true to create the biggest indoor techno dance floor during ADE where I will be playing only my own music all night long. I want to thank all fans for making this possible and I can’t wait to rave with you all – Reinier Zonneveld.

Other parties at Gashouder include Tale Of Us’ leading Afterlife event, Joris Voorn’s Spectrum label night (besides behind held by day because of the Government’s regulation), Adam Beyer presents Drumcode, Charlotte de Witte presents KNTXT, and Exhale with Amelie Lens.

Awakenings Amsterdam Dance Event ADE
Awakenings Amsterdam Dance Event ADE

Nxt Museum Presents: Air

Nxt Museum and Amsterdam Dance Event have teamed up for the second year to present the visionary visuals and sounds of an Artist in Residence program. At Nxt Stage, two 45-minute music performances will showcase cutting-edge audiovisual culture.

One sound and one visual artist are paired in a collaboration of local and international talent:

  • LYZZA is an Amsterdam-based producer and vocalizer of reverberating dark-pop DJ sets, inspired by digital artist SAM MADHU’s posthuman symbolisms.
  • GUILLAUME ROUX, animator of post-apocalyptic virtual worlds, collaborates with HYPERAKTIVIST, a Venezuelan-born Berlin-based maker of change and pulsating techno-tribalisms.
  • HYPERAKTIVIST, Venezuelan-born Berlin-based maker of change and pulsating techno-tribalisms; with animator of post-apocalyptic virtual worlds, GUILLAUME ROUX.
Amsterdam Dance Event launch new Arts & Culture Program NXT Museum
Amsterdam Dance Event launch new Arts & Culture Program NXT Museum


During the Amsterdam Dance Event, 2021 Loveland will deliver an insane amount of parties including Solomun and Pan-Pot all day long, Jamie Jones’ Paradise party, and Circoloco. Loveland will host its events in two different locations: the historic The Warehouse, located in the Houthavens in the center of Amsterdam, and, Mediahaven, three rooms connected location. The rooms vary from a 12-meter-high ceiling to a basement with a grungier feel to them. And best of all, it has an amazing acoustic.

Loveland press pic
Loveland press pic[rel-5440-1060720299]-21


DGTL will be back on October 14, 15, and 16 for three ADE events:

  • DGTL ADE: Disclosure, Honey Dijon, and more – 16:00-00:00
  • DGTL x IPSO ADE: Kölsch, Maya Jane Coles and more – 16:00-00:00
  • DGTL ADE: Dixon, The Blessed Madonna and more – 12:00-23:00

The event will take place on the history DGTL home at NDSM in Amsterdam-Noord. Former ship wharf now a creative hotspot and space for public art, festivals, sustainability & bottom-up culture.

DGTL Festival Amsterdam
DGTL Festival Amsterdam photo ©Jordy Brada

Audio Obscura

Audio Obscura is more than a party organizer, is a concept. Their events into the most legendary venues across Amsterdam have made history. Amsterdam’s train station, the Rijksmuseum, The Loft are just a few of the locations used by Audio Obscura in the last years. Now, with the Amsterdam Dance Event at the doors, they have announced a series of events at RAW Factory and The Loft.

RAW Factory is an imposing, modern building functioning as the prestigious headquarters of G-star RAW. Construction was completed in 2014 by the renowned architects of Rem Koolhaas’ OMA, drawing inspiration for the design from an airplane hangar. With its industrial appearance and a mix of concrete and glass as far as the eye can see, it will make for a truly stunning setting for this unmissable gathering of like-minded hedonists.

  • Audio Obscura ADE w/ Palms Trax, Job Jobse, Antal – Friday from 16:00
  • Audio Obscura ADE w/ Dax J, Chris Liebing, ANNA, Rodhad, PAS live – Saturday from 14:00
  • Audio Obscura x Adriatique at The Loft – Saturday from 16:00 at The Loft
  • Audio Obscura ADE w/ Stephan Bodzin live, Adriatique, Mind Against, Marino Canal – Sunday from 14:00
Audio Obscura
Audio Obscura event at the Rijksmuseum

Secret Project

Secret Project is an emerging festival born in the prospering underground scene of downtown Los Angeles. Fusing art, technology, and exceptionally curated house and techno music, the festival is known for its daytime moments are ready to grow beyond its origin. With successful editions in LA and Miami, Secret Project unites music lovers alike in new cities where there are no shortages of dance floors.

Secret Project is now heading to Amsterdam for the annual ADE, on Saturday, October 16, for an 11 hours party at Zaandam’s Hembrugterrein. The festival will host 4 stages with an incredible selection of artists including Ben Böhmer LIVE, Ben Clock & Marcel Dettman, Boris Brejcha, Camelphat, Honey Dijon, Sita Abellán. It will also incorporate art installations, from immersive, glowing environments to large-scale murals and live graffiti; Secret Project is an urban outdoor oasis of art and culture.

The event is sold out but a waitlist is available.

Secret Project
Secret Project

Armada Electronic Elements

Promoting dance music worldwide from its offices in Amsterdam (HQ), New York, and London, Armada Music represents and cultivates the creative exploits of some of the most prominent players in the electronic music game. This year Armada Electronic Elements is coming to W Lounge to celebrate ADE music amidst a stunning 360 city view.

The lineup is the perfect combination of artists to drive you into an extraordinary musical journey; Mathame, Lyke, and Eelke Kleijn are only some of the artists that will play on Wednesday from 16:00.

W Amsterdam Lounge outside
W Amsterdam Lounge outside

Third Party presents Release

After two successful editions in 2018 and 2019, Third Party returns to Amsterdam, this time for an intimate show. They’ll take over Club Nova on Friday 15th October with a series of artists (lineup is still TBA) from their Release Records label.

The ADE party follows Third Party’s massive ‘LIIIVE’ show in Liverpool, with an array of new artists and fresh music coming up on Release in the coming months. The #ReleaseFamily fanbase was packed into the intimate setting of Club Nova.

Third Party LIIIVE show liverpool Olympia
Third Party LIIIVE show Liverpool Olympia