The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), the world’s largest club festival and business conference for electronic music, has finalised its program. Between the 17th and the 21st of October 2,500 artists and 600 speakers will be onstage in Amsterdam. The organisers expect to welcome over 400,000 visitors from over 100 countries for the 23rd edition.
Expected highlights of the extensive day and nighttime program are the focus on South Korea, with multiple appearances in both the festival and daytime conference and the celebration of 30 Years of Dutch Dance. Besides the extensive music program, ADE highlights current technological and social trends as well as crossovers with other genres such as design, film and photography. As every year, ADE features some of the best Trance showcases and we are proud to be covering this spectacular festival.
Wednesday, October 17 Showcases
GAIA – Moons of Jupiter!
The two-man front line, DJ/Producer Armin van Buuren and Producer Benno de Goeij (Rank1), have been recording and producing together since the ‘90s. After producing numerous successful albums and a variety of hit singles for Armin van Buuren it was time to form a new group/alter ego called GAIA to captivate the synthesis between old and new and transcend genres.
Armin van Buuren revealed- “Throughout the years we created a variety of synths, beats and loops that were more underground and not always usable for my sound and genre and we always had so much fun exploring different genres we felt it was time to combine this under the name Gaia.”
Gaia will return to the stage to perform an exclusive live set during the ADE. The show that takes place on Wednesday night at the Paradiso which is one of Amsterdam’s finest venues, is a unique opportunity for Gaia fans to see them perform live again. This show is set out to be a spectacular experience that will leave Paradiso shaking on her grounds.
In Trance We Trust
Celebrating its 20 year anniversary with another spectacular edition: Menno de Jong presents In Trance We Trust during Amsterdam Dance Event, featuring the biggest Trance lineup the worlds leading festival for electronic music has ever seen. No less than 35 artists will be performing on stages presented by esteemed guests AVA, Iboga Records, Outburst and of course host ITWT. A truly incredible experience at the historic industrial event complex that includes Transformatorhuis, WesterUnie and WesterLiefde featuring the likes of Paul Oakenfold, John O’Callaghan, Andy Moor, Scot Project, Alex di Stefano and many more.
Thursday, October 18th Showcases
Armada Invites – ASOT ADE
‘Armada Invites’ is a recurring event in Armada Music’s own in-office club (The Club!), featuring exclusive live sets from both Armada artists and non-Armada artists in an intimate club setting. All editions of ‘Armada Invites‘ are being broadcast live on the YouTube and Facebook channels of Armada Music.
For the third time in a row, Armada Music are hosting a special ‘Armada Invites: ADE’ marathon on Thursday, October 18, Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20 and on Thursday, it will be an ASOT showcase featuring an extended A State of Trance broadcast with Armin van Buuren joined by Purple Haze, Ferry Corsten and more.
A Night Of Unity by Ferry Corsten
This year, like previous ones, Luminosity is plotting a massive line-up for you, who are coming for the Amsterdam Dance Event at the legendary Panama club. This means lots of emotions, a little painful foot from dancing and a whole lot of music, smiles and friends.
Not only will Ferry Corsten be playing, but he will also be joined by a host of amazing artists. This includes the likes of Gabriel & Dresden, Saad Ayub, Shugz, and more. Luminosity is also teasing a special guest; we are guessing it could be Markus Schulz? Who knows! We’ll have to wait and see!
Friday, October 19th Showcases
Quest4Trance happily invites visitors to the Q4T ADE 2018 special with long sets. Friday, October 19th is the date, KGB Complex is the place. Trance with a capital T, rocking you with the sounds of Arctic Moon, Darren Porter, Indecent Noise and Tempo Giusto. Next to these gents serving you all shades of uplifting, tech and what else, The Thrillseekers are invited for a classic vinyl set.
Luminosity pres. Paul van Dyk
For the first time ever in its history, Luminosity team will host TWO events for Amsterdam Dance Event. On Friday 19th October on the spiritual home of Panama the exceptional Paul van Dyk will perform along with some of his great collaborators on his forthcoming album Music Rescues Me. You can expect many exclusive first plays from his forthcoming album packed with joyful trance to make you feel alive and kicking.
The event starts from 21.00 and finishes 07.00 in the morning so plenty of hours to dance until there is no tomorrow. The space will be divided into two rooms including legends like Alex M.O.R.P.H., M.I.K.E. Push along with upcoming trance talents in the studio like Dan Stone, Eric Senn, Nikolauss and more. If you check the full line-up you will be in heavens for sure.
Markus Schulz Open-to-Close
For the third year in a row, Markus Schulz comes back to ADE with his wonderful Open To Close live set at Melkweg Amsterdam. The German-born, but Miami-based DJ Markus Schulz is one of the hardest working DJs in the dance music industry.
Both as club DJ, managing his label Coldharbour Recordings and host of the influential radio show Global DJ Broadcast, the trance platform in the EDM industry. With his signature hybrid trance sound, he is responsible for hits such as ‘Love Rain Down‘ and ‘Not The Same‘ with spine-tingling melodies and outrageous basslines. With his all-encompassing passion for trance, he shows no sign of slowing down!
Saturday, October 20th Showcases
Solarstone pres. Pure Trance ADE
Solarstone is proud to represent the ever-growing and beloved Pure Trance movement by hosting yet another ADE special. For the 7th year in a row, you’ll find his Pure Trance night high on the ADE agenda. On October 20th, in collaboration with Quest4Trance, Pure Trance ADE 2018 lands at the KBF Complex, close to downtown Amsterdam. In addition to all things Pure, Solarstone will be celebrating his very own birthday!
Hosted by Solarstone, you’re welcome to join for an all-nighter that’s all about the emotion and feel-good atmosphere of Pure Trance, with an ADE exclusive line-up of international trance names, extended sets, & live performances.
Find Your Harmony ADE
The Moldavian DJ Andrew Rayel touches down in Amsterdam during the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) with his own show Find Your Harmony. On Saturday the 20th of October, Rayel will turn De Bajes upside down together with special guest Orjan Nilsen and some Dutch Trance DJ’s of this moment.
Find Your Harmony is named after inHarmony Music, the popular radio show of Andrew Rayel. Previous editions of Find Your Harmony took place in Moldovia and Los Angeles. Now it’s time to over Amsterdam during the biggest dance event worldwide.
Sunday, October 21st Showcase
Symbols Club Nights
Symbols Events lands in Amsterdam to bring you a finest closing party for this awesome destination and journey. Many trance fans, artists, brands and agents travel from around the globe to the world’s biggest electronic music festival and conference. Symbols want to connect each other in a family-like atmosphere and lots of positive vibes and emotions.
With a hypnotic and pure uplifting line-up, Symbols promises to give you a unique experience.