2000+ Artists, 200+ Venues, 5 Days. We’re overwhelmed even at the thought of this, but its the massive scale and diversity that makes Amsterdam Dance Event so special. Aside from the late-night dance events, ADE offers something special hidden around every canal in the city. Here are just a few ideas to start your journey down the rabbit-hole this week.

Circle of Live: ‘In Dreams’ ADE Sleeping Concert:

Yes, you read that right. Pure sonic exploration taking place in the spectacular 15th century, architectural marvel that is De Waalse Kerk church. Johanna Knutsson and Sebastian Mullaert will guide the audience through their dreams for 8 hours during regular sleeping times. De Waalse Kerk will be transformed into the ADE Zen Space for the week, and the concert will be staged within a lightscape installation and on a stage designed by Studio Koen Steger. Starting at 23:00 onwards on Thursday October 17th, the event will conclude with a breakfast at 7:00AM and provide a chance for everyone to reflect on and exchange stories from their experiences during a night of mutual dreaming.

Audio Obscura x The Loft

Audio Obscura returns for this year’s sunrise and sunset events at The Loft, the incredible, panoramic 16th-floor of the A’DAM Tower. On October 18, 19 and 20 they present six stellar line-ups, starring Peggy Gou, HAAi b2b Daniel Avery, Giegling, Tale Of Us, the Keinemusik crew, Adriatique b2b Mano Le Tough, and special guests. S

Rush Hour In-Store Sessions

When you’re not at the conference or music venues, pop into the dozens of eclectic record stores Amsterdam has to offer. Rush Hour, one of Amsterdam’s prize possessions, is no exception. From Wednesday till Saturday, the Rush Hour store have guest DJs from all over the world spinning records at the store. Come down, hang out. Everybody is welcome to join the dance. The best part is that its FREE!

Moog’s Psychedelic Synthesizer Sanctuary

Moog Music – pioneers of the design and manufacture of analog synthesizers during the 60s and 70s – invite you “down the rabbit hole” for a mind-expanding electronic experience in the ADE Sound Lab. Moog’s Psychedelic Synthesizer Sanctuary welcomes ADE attendees to take a break from the norm and explore a non-ordinary state of consciousness through the unlimited possibilities of pure analog sound. Visit Moog Music in the ADE Sound Lab to get hands on and explore the magic of Moog Synthesizers, including the 16-voice polyphonic Moog One, Legacy Moog Modular Systems, and the new semi-modular Matriarch, then engage with Moog Synthesizer Specialists and Moog Factory Engineers to deepen your synthesis experience. For those visiting Moog’s Psychedelic Synthesizer Sanctuary who wish to explore even deeper, Synth-Guided Explorations will be available upon request as a creative catalyst for inner development.

Nicolás Jaar and Vincent de Belleval – Het Hem

A new installation by artist Vincent de Belleval and electronic producer Nicolás Jaar will be activated for the very first time during ADE, including some exclusive live performances by the duo itself and invited guests. Retaining the Energy, but Losing the Image (2019) consists of ten rotating parabolas: reflectors that capture and emit sound and light. They create an ever-changing environment of interlinked reflections and feedback chains. The title alludes to light and sound diffusion, signifying how the energy of the sound and light is kept in its reflections but not in its source. Due to their parabolic shape, the reflectors can also focus sound in specific positions, creating hallucinatory surrounding fields.

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