Every October Amsterdam becomes the undisputed dance music capital of the world during ADE. It’s a massive business and party hub for the genre with over 2000 artists performing across 100 venues, industry panels and back to back meetings. Artists come showcase what they’ve got, managers come to plan out their year, labels search for new talent, agents pitch their new acts to the biggest promoters and fans come to enjoy it all. In total Amsterdam expects an influx of over 365,000 visitors for ADE!
We couldn’t be more excited to head down to Amsterdam and check out the action this year! We’ve included some tips and tricks we’ve heard from friends for first time goers and some of the events we’re most excited about.
1. Make sure you have your badge if meetings are at the Dylan
Typically most meetings will happen at the Dylan and if that’s the case you will need your ADE badge! It can be nearly impossible to change meetings to a different location when everyone has back to backs to it’s important to get a feel for the venues and know where you are going.
2. Find out what your contact looks like
ADE may be your first time meeting business partners and clients in real life! Definitely exciting but sometimes with everyone bustling around (and wearing all black) it can be hard to find and recognize them. Use Linkedin and Facebook to get familiar with who you’re meeting and it should be a breeze.
3. Follow Up
Keep every single business card you receive and send a short note as soon as you return home. You’d be amazed at how many potential partnerships or opportunities aren’t realized due to lack of follow up.
Now that you’re in the know, here are some of our key events we’re looking forward to!
ADE is hosting a series of awesome Q & A’s with artists from around the world during the conference at De Bakke Grond. We’re looking forward to hearing what MainStage guys like Martin Garrix and Afrojack have to say about the state of dance music compared to some pioneers and innovators like DJ Pierre, Camo & Krooked, and Roger Sanchez
Resident Advisor: Real Scenes
Resident Advisor is presenting a series of films dedicated to some of dance music’s hotbeds worldwide. These will be shown at Cinema Cafe throughout the week. Keep your eyes on ones for Detroit, Berlin and newly emerging Tokyo.
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As part of the Pro Conference there will be multiple panels held mostly at the Felix Meritus and The Dylan. Some of the ones we’re looking forward to include State of Play with executives from Ticketmaster, Sync which will focus on dance music getting placed in movies and tv with speakers like Odesza’s manager, and Where The Big Event Business is going with Sebastian Solano from Life in Color.
Find out more information at http://www.amsterdam-dance-event.nl/ today!