Top Five ADE Venues You Need To See

Words by: Sophie Roberts
Posted: 29/9/17 15:48

Make sure you add these must see venues to your ADE week hit list.

Few nations do big room dance music as well as the Dutch. From festivals to warehouse events, production standards are in a different league to the rest of the world and Amsterdam boasts some of the world's most awe inspiring venues to party in. We select our favourite five for you to check out over ADE week.

The Crane

The Crane must be one of the world's most unique places for a party. Tucked away in the docklands, it's common to see the odd reveller having a moment to themselves, looking out across the city in amazement. It is of course not often you find yourself at a bonkers party in a crane. The giant structure, fixed in colourful lighting, contains a perfectly sized dance floor packed with ravers throwing themselves around in front of a state of the art sound system. 
Party TIP:
 U-n-P-a-v-e-d presents a:rpia:r Dockyard festival - Saturday 21 October
Line Up: RPR Soundsystem, Petre Inspirescu, Raresh, Rhadoo, Rick Maia.

Check out Cinthie's set from the Crane in 2016:


Where do we begin with the Gashouder? Do we start with the robotic lighting rigs, the laser shows on the disco ball and the way the sound carries around the cylindrical room? Or maybe the sheer chaos that's unleashed when fireworks scream across the roof of the indoor venue as the night hits its peak? The former Gas container was built in 1902 and was once the biggest gas holder in Europe but these days hosts some of the world's best raves. The Dutch attention to detail and practicality is evident everywhere. From the lockers for ravers that greet you when you enter to the vending machines selling cigarettes, it's hard to not wonder why raves everywhere else around the world aren't run like Gashouder.

Party TIP:  Figure Nacht - Weds 18 October
Line Up: Regal, Roman Poncet, KiNK (live), Len Faki, Lady Starlight (live), Jeff Mills.

Check out the best of Gashouder in this video:


The Loft

On the 16th floor of the ADAM Tower, as the sun begins to creep through the slats, there’s a party going on. The 225 capacity sunrise location is a converted deluxe penthouse, draped in floor to ceiling windows and sweeping panoramic views of the Amsterdam city skyline containing a punchy sound rig. It's the ideal cosmopolitan rave location. The plush wooden interior houses several chill out zones, coloured fiber glass lighting bars which are suspended mid air and large yet intimate dance floors. There’s also a kitchen and a lounge area making for adding a homely feel to the party. 

Party TIP:  Audio Obscura - Sunday 22 October
Line Up: Job Jobse back to back Special Guest

Check out the Mosaic 2016 afterparty at Loft:



Rijksmuseum Bicycle Passage

For matters of raving, Amsterdam's City Council must be the coolest on Earth. Not only do they lead the way in appointing a Night Cszar to avoid situations like Fabric in London's attempted shutdown last year. This year they've authorised Maceo Plex to host a party in one of the city's historic architectural gems. You will usually only find bands playing the cavernous cycle passage underneath the arts and history museum, however once ADE sound and lighting engineers set to work, the site is totally transformed into mind blowing arches of sculptures, high definition sound and lasers. 

Party TIP:  Maceo Plex - Saturday 21 October
Line Up: Maceo Plex

Check out last year's Maceo Plex party at Reijksmuseum:



Warehouse Elemenstraat

The Warehouse Elemenstraaat is an Amsterdam raving institution. Based in the west of the city and home to the hard hitting techno festival Reaktor, Warehouse Elemenstraat has been pivotal for the Dutch dance music industry since it began in the 90s. 
Although only opening for a handful of events throughout the clubbing calendar, the site is transformed by a super rig of lights and sound when it does. This year for ADE, DVS1 will install his 'Wall of Sound' concept here, turning the entire front of the club into a wall of speakers. Funktion 1 will be installing the monstrous sound system for the evening and HYTE will host host all four of their ADE parties here.

Party TIP:  Wall Of Sound
Line Up: DVS1, Helena Hauff, Karenn, Oscar Mulero, CEM, An-i, Gunnar Haslem, Lory D, Tzusing, Umwelt.

Check out a Hyte party at the Warehouse Elemenstraat earlier in the year:


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