What’s on in Amsterdam? October week #3

What’s on in Amsterdam? October week #3

Amsterdam, October 18th - 20th

ADE is here! For the uninitiated, this is not a new cognitive disorder. From today and over the whole weekend, techno fans, promoters, and musicians will sweep into Amsterdam. Bass will emanate from every crevice, the water supply will reach dangerously high levels of MDMA, and black t-shirts will fly off the shelves faster than you could say ‘club mate’. It’s a 5 day electronic music conference/festival happening all over the city. Here’s a selection of some of the more low key ADE shindigs and a few other highlights of what’s on in Amsterdam October week #3.

Rush Hour Records Instores

Rush hour records instore, showing people lined up outside the shop at night
  • Wednesday - Saturday, 19:00 - 21:00
  • Free!
  • Centrum

These don’t come around every day of the year. It’s a great chance to see world-class DJs in an intimate setting and in the (albeit low) light. Every day from Wednesday to Saturday, one of Amsterdam’s most loved record stores opens its doors for you to come in and have a beer and a boogie. The DJs spin tracks from the shop itself, and you can flip through the other stuff they’ve got in stock to find inspiration. 

Make sure you get there well before 19:00 as during ADE things will get busy. Pick up some beers before you go too. Here’s the lineup:

Peach Discs Label Showcase with Tom Hannah, Gramrcy & Shanti Celeste

Worldwide FM / Little Louie Vega

Floating Points & Antal

Tempo Dishi w/ Shield and Paula Tape
KAMMA & Masalo

Dancing in the Cafe

  • Thursday 18:00 - 01:00
  • Free!
  • Centrum

Cafe Brandon was founded in 1626. Most likely it caused a bit of a stir among the Puritans. But they’d be spinning in their graves if they knew it would host an unofficial ADE party 400-odd years later. It’s a gorgeous old Amsterdam pub. Wood-panelled walls ablaze with everything from old currency to Victorian soft porn. DJs, including TantRut, Thommy G, and DRK, all night long.

Join the merry mob on Thursday evening and put the tables to use as a makeshift dancefloor. Make sure you get there in good time, as it’s no aircraft hangar – FULL = FULL!

Meneer Nieges & Fwends

Meneer nieges poster, showing clogs, wind turbines, amsterdam flags on an amsterdam street
  • Friday 18:30 - 04:00
  • 20
  • West

These guys are going full throttle on the Dutch theme (see above!). It’s a little break from the usual thumping beats and occasional synthesised abstractions you’ll be hearing in the rest of the city. It’ll be a cracking warmup to the weekend. Meneer Nieges is both cozy interior and panoramic terrace. It gets much less attention than the likes of Pllek and Noorderlicht, making it a locals favourite on the IJ. They’ve got a special programme for ADE. This starts with typical Ducth singing and music during dinner and into the night. You might be pleased to hear that DJs take over later on.

Night tickets (from 22:00) are €20. If you want to settle in over dinner (from 18:30) and ease your way into the night, then they’ll serve you up a feast for €40. 

ADE Cinema: Anime + Daft Punk

Anime poster with blue king and queen
  • Saturday 19:30 - 21:00
  • 10
  • West

Here’s a mashup. Japanese anime crossed with the entirety of Daft Punk’s ‘Discovery’. When the entirely dialogue free creation of Kazuhisa Takenouchi meets the electro-pop of Daft Punk, things happen. Though I’m not entirely sure what. Head to Lab 111 to find out.

Interstella 5555 is a ‘story about the plight of talented musicians from a neighboyring galaxy who are brought to earth by an evil corporation. Stripped of their immense talents, they are turned into a band of emotionless, hit-churning automatons named The Crescendolls.’ 

How fitting.

Tickets here.

2019 Amsterdam Marathon

Runners in the Amsterdam Marathon coming out of the Rijksmuseum
  • Sunday 09:30 - 15:30
  • Free!
  • Zuid

Interesting choice, juxtaposing two events requiring endurance and stamina of very different kinds. Perhaps they thought there would be little crossover in the target markets… So, it’s a bit late to sign up now, but you can still make your way down the the Olympic stadium (or somewhere along the 26 mile course) and join in the support for the runners. 

There’s always awesome vibes here. People running for a cause they’re passionate about, and supporters recognising the time and pain and effort that has gone into this moment. Plenty of music and cheering. Add your voice!

NDSM Hangover

  • Sunday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Free!
  • NDSM

There couldn’t be a better way to raise a fond and somewhat de-energised salute to ADE and the almost-end of your weekend. The street-art clad NDSM Wherf is transformed into an oasis of chill.

For one, they’ll have live music in addition to DJs under strict instructions to respect Sunday headaches. You’ll have four venues to choose from: barn, cathedral, treehouse, and discogs. Plus, there’s a market to pick up some vintage clothes and classic vinyl and of course, a selection of food trucks specially chosen for the hungover psyche. 

Reminisce the night before and revel in relaxation. Set times here.

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