ADE 2017, a electronic music mecca is a success

This edition of ADE had 395,000 people dancing the night away. Billboard recalls the event as ‘the five-day electronic music mecca’, and listed nine moments the editors would be happy to lose sleep over all over again. Among their favorite moments: Martin Garrix’s two-night headline arena show. They were highly impressed with the ‘Dutch wunderkind’.

There cannot be a 2017 recap without mentioning Underworld. Its concert in the bike tunnel below the Rijksmuseum has been unanimously marked as a highlight of this year’s edition. Underworld was worried about the acoustics beforehand, but there was no need: ‘The intro chords of Born Slippery sound majestic’.

‘Umfang’s set was the most intense I’d come across at ADE,’ Ray Philp recalls in a recap by Resident Advisor. Emma Olson played killer track after killer track. According to the review, the pace and power eclipsed every set she’s ever shared online. ‘The techno she played on Saturday felt especially bright, and occasionally blinding’.

On top of the bike tunnel, and Mary Go Wild’s dungeon, De School became a focal point of this edition. The organisation showed off with a marathon rave of 62 (!) hours. The programmer spoke to De Volkskrant (Dutch) about this monstrous job. And De School itself interviewed eight of the participating DJs at the longest rave ever.

The DeLaMar Theater, record stores, on the streets — German Groove Magazine was amazed by the different locations and activities. All those experiences are reported in this meaty review (German) — and if your German isn’t that great, there is always the universal language of Instagram, with pictures of various locations.

With so many artists, collabs, and great records, you’ve probably heard more tracks than you could keep track of. That’s why 3voor12 created the ultimate ‘heard at ADE’-playlist. So, in case you’d like to extend your ADE experience by 14 extra hours: Spotify is your friend. Yet if you’d rather let DJ Mag decide what tracks are really worth listening to, make sure to check out their list of the 46 biggest tunes. ‘Be warned, there’s some dynamite in here’.

Media attention for the 2017 Amsterdam Dance Event was bigger than ever. Thanks to our partnership with Blendle, we now know which articles were most popular last week. Two stories clearly stand out: an interview with pianist Philip Glass in Het Parool and the life story of Daniel Pearce (Eats Everything) in De Volkskrant.