Move over Berlin, Amsterdam is where it's at. The atmosphere is friendly, the music is eclectic, and the city is home to some of the scene's best labels, artists and promoters. The Dutch approach raving with practicality and a sense of humour. Few other spots in the world have clubs with the lockers for dancers, a night czar to keep venues represented in government and a habit of nicking each other's bikes. Naturally when it comes to clubs, it's also spoilt for choice and boasts some of the world's best trendsetting venues. We select our favourite small to medium sized party hubs for you to chalk up during ADE week.
Following in the footsteps of two of Amsterdam's best ever clubs is no easy feat. The panoramic 11, and the monumental Trouw completely modernised the city's club scene and set the pace for the rest of the world so the pressure must have been on for the fragmented team behind both clubs to create something equally special.
The 200 capacity, converted school makes for a mischievous rave setting to say the least. Writing desks and football courts still feature in the sprawling grounds, which also boast a 24-hour license, a restaurant, a cafe and an exhibition space.
The same meticulous attention to detail with bookings that made Trouw and 11 so revered and which prioritises selector skills over hype is tighter than ever. This year for ADE, the venue hosts a football tournament in the day on the 19th and the following day, the club rooms begins a marathon 62-hour party with some of its favourite DJs. Job Jobse, Young Marco or Tom Trago line up next to plenty of names you've possibly never heard of.
Chill out in the carnivalesque garden area too. With so much to discover at this venue, you could stay here for a very long shift.
ADE Week Tip: 33 artists line up for the marathon Het Weekend on Friday October 20 to Monday October 23. To see the line up in full, click here.
The club, which is entered via a hatch in the ground, epitomises the term 'underground'. The infamous ‘no phones on our dance floors’ concept is favoured with a slight twist here, as long as revellers don't use flash and disturb other party-goers. Shelter ravers savour the present moment, rather than posing for shots. The crowd is always a concentration of the city's most finely tuned ravers for ADE week.
The lineups for ADE week are suitably hot with Seth Troxler's Play It Say It running the Wednesday night, Rush Hour taking over the Thursday night, Clone hosting Friday and VBX on the Saturday night.
Shelter's ADE Closing on Sunday has a very special guest topping the bill who will be announced soon. There are a couple of artists rumoured to be the special guest, the most popular mention being Maceo Plex.
ADE Week Tip: Zip, Praslesh and Ferro take things on a minimal house tip for VBX on Saturday 21 October.
Shelter, Overhoeksplein 3, 1031KS Amsterdam, Netherlands. For more infomation click here.
De Martkantine was once a meeting place for Dutch market traders in the 1930s, and now serves as a hub for all things artistic. The recently renovated site showcases local artists and serves food through the week, but transforms into a techno bunker at the weekend. A 3000 square foot bunker to be precise.
If you like your main room's to be of the cavernous variety then De Martkantine is your spot and there is also an intimate 300 capacity second room. Check out our guide to ADE Week with club's promoters here.
Party TIP: Hivern Discs take over Saturday 21 October with Alicia Carrera back to back with John Talabot leading the fray.
De Marktkantine, Jan van Galenstraat 6, 1051KM Amsterdam, Netherlands, Netherlands. For more information click here
Another newcomer in the Dutch clubbing scene which boasts intriguingly odd surroundings is Radion.
The club opened in a former dentist's surgery in 2015 and has secured a 24 hour license as well as the most cutting edge partners to host parties there. The dingy club has a balcony tier over the dance floor and theatre like steps at the back.
Footage from inside the club is minimal, but with marathon parties running throughout the week and the hottest artists in the industry tipping their hats to the club, loosing your mind here for a while should be a priority. You can also catch lectures, film nights and other creative gatherings here when the rave stops. Its ADE week lineups are tight and if you're looking for a killer morning get involved for a techno flavoured Breakfast Club on Saturday 21 October with Blawan, Margaret Dygas, Dr. Rubinstein, Peggy Gou.
Party TIP: Ben UFO, MR G, Dana Ruh, Mister Saturday Night, DJ Nobu, Umfang, Jayda G
Radion, Louwesweg 1, 1066 EA Amsterdam, Netherlands. For more information click here.
After years of supporting various genres of music, Sugarfactory is now home to live and electronic music primarily. It's dance music lineups are incredibly varied, one minute home to Boddika and Spacetravel, the next Robert Owens or DJ W!ld.
In 2012 the infamous foyer was opened, which solidified the clubs characteristic and larger-scale gigging reputation. The venue is open seven days a week and although a more chilled vibe can be found during office hours, the weekend events and the DJ royalty that frequent them keep this sprawling and historic venue near the top of the club listings. ADE week is action packed this year with Saturday and Thursday standing out most.
Party TIP: Moodmann, Carl Craig and Kevin Saunderson convene for a Detroit Special on Saturday October 21.
Sugarfactory, Lijnbaansgracht 238, 1017PH Amsterdam, Netherlands. For more information click here.
Garage Noord opened its doors in August and has quickly become one of the city's favourite small clubs for those in the know. Launching with little fanfare, it's been steadily winning over the city's key players and vinyl fanatics from its base in the trendy northern district of the city. Situated over the water in Amsterdam Noord, where NDSM Docklands is based, Garage Noord is an understated converted garage housing an intimate 150 people.
Curated by Bram Owusu (aka Kumasi) and Daan Alvering (aka Bossoyo) and neighbouring the Skate Cafe venue, it's the ideal chiller if you want to have some beers listen to some beats away from the intensity of a club, although you can find this here too. Garage Noord also hosts a club room powered by Funktion One.
Party TIP: Nu wave artist Parrish Smith leads his Volation Imminent collaboration alongside Violent Quand on Aime for a night of alternative post punk electronic on Saturday 21 October.
Garage Noord, Gedempt Hamerkanaal 40, 1021KM Amsterdam, Netherlands. For more information click here.
The super club sized Melkweg (Milky Way) used to serve as a dairy factory, but has been functioning as a nightclub since the 1970s.
Once one of the cities best clubs, for Amsterdam's clued up clubbers, it's a little past its sell by date but it comes back to life over ADE. The club itself is a maze; a multi-tiered, 2,000 capacity powerhouse which hosts some of the biggest events of the week in its never-ending theatres and club rooms.
Party TIP: Fatima Yamaha, Hercules & Love Affair and Red Axes 4 top a long line of artists billed for ADE Live onThursday 19 October. For more info click here.
Melkweg, Lijnbaansgracht 234a, 1017 PH Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Cinetol is one of Amsterdam's many small but bustling cultural centres and showcases live film and arts on an average weekday in one of its workshops. Situated in the South East district of Amsterdam and drawing a local crowd, the simplistic building is the workspace for many musical artists. The old community centre houses rehearsal studios and a canteen-like courtyard which is where the majority of the summer parties are held. Hosting just two ADE events this year, both by the FRAMEWORK collective, these parties have been tipped by Red Light Radio crew as some of the best over the course of ADE week due to the local crowd and the quality of the music.
Party TIP: Join Kris Baha, Post Ave Tako, Loud E & more for Framework on October 20 and 21.
Cinetol, Tolstraat 182, 1074 VM Amsterdam, Netherlands. For more information click here.
Also worth checking:
9. Disco Dolly. A small intimate bar club with a diverse music policy that pulls interesting names like Jon K. Kyle Hall plays Thursday October 19.
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10. OT 301. A not for profit building co-operative that started life as a squat and is haven for real underground sounds.
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11. Canvas. A high rise club with sprawling views of the city and Maurice Fulton is the highlight for ADE week.
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