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Amsterdam Dance Event

Amsterdam Hosts the Biggest Club-Music Festival in the World Every October


Club scene during the Amsterdam Dance Event

Club scene during the Amsterdam Dance Event

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What Is the Amsterdam Dance Event?

Running since 1996, the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is an annual festival and conference dedicated to the genre of club music, which includes electronic, techno, house, dubstep, trance, hip-hop and dozens of other beat-filled genres that fill dance clubs around the globe. The ADE claims it is the biggest festival of its kind in the world, attracting more than 70,000 people to see 700 international DJs and acts in 40 different venues around Amsterdam. The conference is a gathering of about 2,000 dance music and club industry professionals.

Where Is the Amsterdam Dance Event Held?

With hundreds of DJs filling the program, the ADE spreads itself all over Amsterdam's clubs, lounges and even some art galleries and cafés. The more than 40 venues include popular Amsterdam clubs Akhnaton, Bitterzoet, Escape, ToNight at Hotel Arena, Jimmy Woo, The Mansion, Melkweg, Odeon, Panama, Paradiso, Rain and Sugar Factory -- just to name a few. (Read more about many of these venues in Best Amsterdam Clubs for Non-Clubbers and Best Venues for Live Music in Amsterdam.)

The areas around Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein will be buzzing, as many of these venues are nearby one of the squares.

When Is the Amsterdam Dance Event?

The 2011 event will take place from October 19 - 22. Amsterdam Dance Event Program and Tickets

See the ADE website for the full festival program. Tickets are sold individually for performances. Most venues sell tickets at the door, but popular shows sell out in advance. See the program schedule online to drill down through the "More Info" links for each event. You'll find websites and outlets selling tickets for each show.

More on ADE from About.com

DJ Ron Slomovich, About.com's Guide to Dance Music, is a big fan of the festival and attends regularly. Read his summary of the 2010 Amsterdam Dance Event and stay tuned for his 2009 round-up.

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