While most parties are known for killing brain cells, Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) feeds the mind and keeps 350,000 party people bouncing around Amsterdam for 5 days and nights.

Over the last 20 years, ADE, an initiative of Buma, has developed into the world’s largest club-based festival. Each year in October, Amsterdam transforms into the Mecca of electronic music. The festival features an extensive night program and offers music lovers a wide range of daytime activities like workshops, masterclasses and art exhibitions. MiLLENNiAL was one lucky child in the ADE candy store with more than 2,000 artists appearing at over 340 events across 100 venues to choose from.

Here are a few highlights from our sleepless journey of working and playing hard at #ADE15.

The Big Debate with Dave Clarke & friends

Before the real madness started, ADE organized an opening debate at De Brakke Grond. Moderator Dave Clarke – wearing a classy tie – guided the audience and his panel of industry legends through the world of electronic music. The panel featured: Liz Miller (Beatport U.S.), Ben Turner (Graphite Media, G.B), Sjoerd Wynia (Celebrate Safe, NL), Paul Oakenfold (GB), Dan Cole (Blueprint Media, GB) and Olga Heijns (Unmanageable Artists).

Subjects varied from the local drug policy (“Amsterdam’s open mind is an example to the world”) to the lack of female performers in the scene (“We need more female friendly DJ gear”). One of Dave Clarke’s wake up calls that made everyone smirk was: “A lot of EDM djs are Instagram models instead of good performers.”

Cruising through the canals with Beatport

Beatport transformed a typical Amsterdam canal boat into an epic party cruise. Captains of the ship Job Jobse & Elias Mazian performed live for 80 lucky souls on the boat, amongst thousands of viewers from all over the world via the Beatport Livestream.

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If you’ve never heard about Job & Elias, look them up. These former residents of Club Trouw (RIP) know how to steer every party in the right direction.

Mystical Howling at 18th century church Paradiso

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Frank Wiedeman (Âme) and Ry Cuming (RY X) warmed up Amsterdam’s Paradiso with their live act Howling. The duo joined by a soul drenching drummer were constantly covered in a mystical smoke during the concert. Only recognized by their shadows, like wolves howling in the mist. Their most magical moments were “We Stole The Night” and a brilliant cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. It made the crowd leave the church with goose bumps. Amen to that!

Getting intimate with Innervisions at Marktkantine

German label Innervisions teamed up with one of Amsterdam’s newest clubs called Marktkantine. Surrounded by electronic music lovers from all over the world, Dixon, Âme and Solar shaped a night to remember. The intimate setting of Marktkantine created a special bond between the DJ’s and the crowd. Definitely a venue you shouldn’t miss if you visit Amsterdam.

Britt, Brands, Martin Garrix & More

In between the partying and raving there was another big conference, ADE Dance & Brands. An initiative by Amsterdam Dance Event, BPP Media, First Day of Spring and Marketing Tribune.

Our very own Britt Hysen (Editor in Chief of MiLLENNiAL) was moderating the event together with Ruud Hendriks (Co-founder Startupbootcamp) in De Duif, a beautiful old church in the heart of Amsterdam.

In this booming era of electronic music, brands are collaborating with artists, festivals and events. Superstar DJ’s like Martin Garrix know all about this. Although the world’s biggest brands are lining up to work with him, the Dutch phenomenon said he only works with brands that he actually uses or likes. “In that way it doesn’t feel like work,” he adds.

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One example of a brand that successfully collaborates with the electronic music scene is Ray-Ban. They teamed up with Boiler Room three years ago and have created a bunch of legendary events and valuable content. Sonia Salvador (Ray-Ban US) reflected on the power of this partnership, “Memories of music moments shape who we are in our lives.”

The day emphasized the unlimited opportunities for brands to grow in and with the electronic music industry. But to make big steps, you first have to step on the dance floor yourself. Once you truly understand this culture, your brand can dance with millions upon millions of people.

Berlin style warehouse party by HYTE 

In the industrial area of West Amsterdam lies a legendary party location; The Warehouse Elementenstraat. It’s a bit far from the center but the trip is worth it. During this ADE, promoter HYTE invited a lineup of techno heavyweights to feed the hungry party animals.

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The room was packed when Ricardo Villalobos hit the decks, but luckily Makcim was an amazing back-up on stage two. If you like to rave your ass off, put both HYTE and Warehouse Elementenstraat on your bucket list.

The Breakfast Club for dessert

What’s a better way to end an amazing week of partying than with some after hour beats and bananas? Closure opened its doors – during the last three ADE mornings – for their ‘Breakfast Club’. The nightclub is located in the center of Amsterdam and literally underground.

It was a dark basement with fresh croissants, never-ending beats and a Funktion One sound system. Yum! On the last day, Donato Dozzy, Peter van Hoesen, Tom Liem and Marco Shuttle served the last man and woman standing, an epic ADE breakfast for dessert.

Joining the Fun of Amsterdam Dance Event

ADE is not just an electronic music festival. It’s five days and nights filled with unique events, exhibitions, conferences and parties where people from all over the world share their love for dance music. It’s the perfect place to network, learn and keep track on the latest and greatest.

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The beauty of ADE is that it stimulates both the body and the mind, which makes it a unique festival to feed our hungry generation.

Who’s up for Amsterdam Dance Event 2016? Let’s get this party started!

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Mark van der Heijden


Amsterdam, Netherlands

After working for the ad industry for 7 years, Mark tossed his life into a backpack and traveled to 27 countries on 7 continents working for 32 companies in exchange for room and board. Now, as the CEO of Wanderbrief, he is sharing that passion with thousands around the world looking for the same work/life experience.

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