Six editions in, ADE Green is one of the big drawcards in the programme. This gathering of prominent international keynote speakers promises to be engaging, as they not only share their knowledge, but also offer practical hands-on workshops covering an array of topics including music, innovation, sustainability and social change. The focus of this year’s programme is sustainability with a mix of like-minded individuals, brands and artists musing on what’s effecting the festival industry. Expect riveting discussion on the use of plastic, and whether there are circular options for cups that are more responsible, and debate on how to minimise energy use and tap into green sources. Be sure to check the ADE Green page for programme updates and detailed information.
New electronic acts get their chance to shine and perform live in front of fans and potential collaborators thanks to ADE Live, a two-day programme showcasing new and established talent. If you enjoy aural adventures that lean toward the avant-garde and you love uncovering alternate sounds, then do yourself a favour and check this out. Whether it’s Charlotte Adigéry aka Wwwater’s enchanting vocals and musings on contemporary life fused with her minimal approach to pop, or South Korea’s underground sensation CIFIKA, whose DIY production skills, majestic voice and ethereal sound combines for an acoustic experience like no other, we’re sure you’ll leave the venue well impressed.
ADE Sound Experience
Feeling as if you may be out whack? Get back in tune with the healing properties of music at the ADE Sound Experience. Electronic beats, sound frequencies and ancient instruments work together to restore your frequency by removing unharmonious vibes from your body, mind and soul. If you need to reduce negative thoughts and stress, or just heal yourself, then you might find the sound therapies on offer here just the ticket. Drop in, lay down and leave the day behind as you recharge ready for another night of dancing.
There really is something for everyone this year. ADE University is an outreach programme designed to inspire and educate budding students who have their sights set on being the musical superstars of the future. It’s all about interactivity with lively discussions, keynotes and Q&A sessions, workshops and networking opportunities covering the gamut of expertise in the industry. Open to both Dutch and international students alike, the programme includes an array of experienced professionals keen to share their insights. Check the ADE University page for ticket information and be sure to bring your student card with you.
Like your techno deep and minimal? Established in 2011, Indian label Occultech Recordings is all about melding mechanical atmospherics with lively organic textures to create an infectious, and somewhat psychedelic, dancefloor vibe with a difference. Influenced by both ancient times and dystopian futures, this fast-growing imprint is garnering a global audience and sure to be hit in this year’s ADE lineup.
It’s day five and there’s been a lot of dancing, top-notch performances, compelling soundscapes and inspiring discussion, which can only mean one thing: time to chill out! ADE Hangover at NDSM Wharf is the place to be, with a reviving menu of tasty treats and a refreshing selection of craft beers. You’ll also find hot tubs, market stalls for vinyl lovers, art installations, and even a fire to gather round. A programme of live bands and DJs spinning mellow tunes, but as day shifts into night expect things to move up a notch with upbeat grooves to celebrate another awesome ADE. What’s more it’s completely free and the perfect cure for throbbing heads everywhere. Come and imbibe the friendly vibes.