The 8 nights not to miss at the Amsterdam Dance Event 2022

You go to Amsterdam for the annual Amsterdam Dance Event and you feel overwhelmed by the number of evenings during the week? Do not worry! That’s the feeling everyone gets once they see the massive list of parties, initiatives and events during ADE.

To help you better navigate Amsterdam Dance Event 2022 program we have listed a series of parties that we believe you cannot miss in this year’s edition. Keep reading this article to know more about it.

If you have reached this page, you probably already know what Amsterdam Dance Event is; for those unaware, ADE is an annual gathering of dance music fans, artists, insiders and more in Amsterdam, usually the third week of September.

This year’s Amsterdam Dance Event will start from Wednesday 19 to Sunday 23. With virtually every dance music artist, music label, event organizer and insider in Amsterdam for the event, the number of parties and events is insane. To help you navigate the long list of ADE 2020 events, here are the 7 parties not to be missed.

1. Alarm clocks

If you don’t like techno or underground music, Awakenings might not appeal to you. If so, know that Awakenings can easily be considered the mecca of techno music. Their iconic Amsterdam venue, The Gashouder, has become world famous for hosting the most exciting techno music performances and parties.

Like every year, Awakenings offers a series of events throughout the week. Opening night is set for Wednesday the 19th. Things got interesting on Thursday with Adam Beyer and his music label Battery code in Gashouder. The range includes Ilario Alicante, ANNA, Pan-Pot, and more. On Friday, Gashouder and Ziggo Dome will be resumed. This is the first time Awakenings has hosted a party at the Ziggo Dome; it will see Charlotte de Witte and its label KNTXT take control of the massive arena.

On Saturday, Awakenings features the insane number of four parties spread across Amsterdam. During the day, Joris Voorn introduces Spectrum to Gashouder while Carl Coxx will take over Ziggo Dome with his Awesome Soundwave. During the night and until 7 o’clock in the morning, Joseph Capriati and Tale of Us presents the afterlife respectively in Gashouder, and Ziggo Dome will take over.

On Sunday, Amelie Lens will close the week with her Exhale label part.

Awakenings Amsterdam Dance Event ADE

2. STMPD label party

Not a fan of techno music? Even though we suggest you attend at least one of the Awakenings parties, we still have you covered. Several times DJ number 1 in the world, Martin Garrixwill bring his own label, STMPD, for an eclectic evening.

Over the years we have used to gather on Friday nights at the RAI in Amsterdam for the iconic Martin Garrix show. This year things are a bit more intimate with Martin Garrix joined by a stellar (yet to be announced) STMPD lineup at AIR Amsterdam.

3. Obscure Audio

Over the years, Audio Obscura has become one of the most avant-garde underground event organizations in all of Europe (and perhaps the world). Known for his unique parties at iconic venues, he also aimed to bridge the past and future of techno and house music.

From Amsterdam Central Station to the Loft, Audio Obscura has always hosted eclectic events during ADE and this year is no less.

From Thursday to Sunday, Audio Obscura will offer five evenings, including two at the emblematic loft of the A’Dam Tower. For this Amsterdam Dance Event 2022, the main location has been chosen as RAW Factory.

Thursday, Peggy Gou presents Gou Talk; a major league techno night featuring only the best in their field is scheduled for this Friday. Leading the program is Dax J, who fired up the crowd at our techno party at ADE last year. Ellen Allien, a veteran DJ and producer who has long been a major figure in German techno, will also be spinning records during the event. Ellen Allien is a resident of Berlin. Along with a host of outstanding local heroes, Blawan and beloved Herrensauna resident SPFDJ will be another act to watch.

Saturday Adriatic will take over RAW Factory with Soul, Marino Canaland more.

Two special events are also in the works at A’Dam Tower. The iconic The Loft will host Audio Obscura again for sunset and sunrise on Sunday. Tickets will be sold only to those who pre-register on the Audio Obscura website; a special link will be sent on October 4th.

Audio Obscura at Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
Audio Obscura at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ via Facebook


From October 20 to 22, the emblematic NDSM warehouse will host DGTL in its biggest edition yet.

First day, Work will perform with a massive 30-piece orchestra for a performance that is expected to raise the bar for DGTL as well as the entire ADE. The night ARTBAT’S UPPERGROUND will take over two steps inside the NDSM Warehouse interior.

Friday will see the legendary Berlin DJ and producer Ben Böhmer delivering a 2 hour LIVE for a unique experience at the Amsterdam Music Festival.

Saturday DGTL gears up for its gargantuan final day with The Blessed Madonna and its much-loved return to the day. For the night, DGTL’s darkest lineup to date closes with Dax J, KI/KI and Paula Temple.

Amsterdam DGTL Festival
DGTL Festival Amsterdam photo ©Jordy Brada

5. Tomorrowland presents Eric Prydz

After the iconic 3-week summer festival in Boom, Tomorrowland is ready to come back strong at the Amsterdam Dance Event 2022. Tomorrowland is ready to bring one of the most requested artists of the moment: Eric Prydz.

Collaborating again with the Belgian festival, the Swedish producer and one of the leading live artists in the electronic music industry will bring his spectacular HOLO show in Amsterdam for an exclusive European show in the fall.

This will be the only appearance in Europe for the rest of the year for HOLO. One of the undoubted highlights of this year’s ADE program, Eric Prydz HOLO is renowned for its breathtaking three-dimensional visuals and one-of-a-kind immersive production. It welcomes visitors from all over the world. Prydz’s distinctive, cutting-edge audiovisual innovations, along with innovative use of visuals, have made HOLO one of electronic music’s most admired live performances.

© Tomorrowland Eric Prydz in the HOLOSPHERE

6. Nxt Museum x Transmoderna presents: AiR

For three nights, Nxt Museum and ADE will showcase audiovisual dance culture. Get ready for a multi-dimensional dance experience surrounded by 370 m² of thrilling pixels and the new talents of rising electronic music. By joining them, Transmoderna is a digital art and electronic music collective co-founded by the famous DJ Dixon.

This year, the Artist in Residence initiative helps and unites talent around the world, encouraging artists to produce specially commissioned digital works, paired with live DJ performances. As the night light awakens your senses, soar into digital worlds of light, song and dance.

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A hybrid collective called Transmoderna sits at the crossroads of electronic music and digital arts. Co-founders DJ Dixon and creative director Ana Ofak combine their expertise in the music industry, VR cinematography and game creation with a multidisciplinary team of new media artists.

The results upset the status quo. The Netherlands’ premier museum for art, technology, science and music is the Nxt Museum, the home of new media art. It presents and commissions ambitious and large-scale new media artworks that result from interdisciplinary interaction between designers, sound engineers, technicians and artists.

Nxt Museum’s founding purpose of researching, exhibiting, and envisioning what comes next guides the program.

Amsterdam Dance Event Launches New Arts & Culture Program NXT Museum
Amsterdam Dance Event Launches New Arts & Culture Program NXT Museum

7. Defected, Glitterbox and Sondela at ADE 2022

After a two-year hiatus, the Defective and its sister labels, Glitterbox and Sondela will make a comeback at Amsterdam Music Festival 2022

Prunk, Hannah Wants, Dennis Quin, John Summit, Sam Divine, Melé and Ferreck Dawn, among others, will perform at the two-day takeover, which kicks off October 20, at Amsterdam’s hippest club, Ijland. The event is an unmissable celebration of the best in dance music from around the world.

Thursday, SondelaThe exceptional line-up of DJeff, FNX Omar, Kitty Amor, Louie Dunmore, Sef Kombo and Thandi Draai will deliver pure house music with a healthy dose of Afro-electronic bliss.

glitter box, which will soundtrack Friday with a special cover, promises an incredible evening with Jamie 3:26 from Chicago, Riva Starr, Aline Rocha, The Shapeshifters, the Italian trio Dirty Channels, Katie Goodman and Art of Tones. Stay tuned for a later announcement regarding the line-up of Melvo Baptiste’s The Remedy Project’s second chamber, which will feature top genre-defying emerging talent.

Getting ready to return to the Dutch capital, expect nothing less than the best from this international electronic music festival.

8. Circoloco x Loveland

Ibiza’s most famous party is set to return to Amsterdam this year. As part of the Loveland program, the iconic DC-10 Circoloco will bring its madness on Saturday to media haven.

Born in 1999 at an after-party in Ibiza’s DC-10, CircoLoco grew from a weekly underground music party to a neighborhood and ultimately a way of life. Recently, it has grown even further: it is now a well-known worldwide movement with a distinct, almost tribal sense of belonging that unites all who attend its events, no matter where they are held.

Circoloco ADE 2022 is part of the program of the Loveland festival, one of the leading event organizations in the Netherlands. With over 25 years of parties around the world, Loveland now hosts six different event concepts throughout the year.

Circoloco NY Fashion Week with Tale of Us and Marco Carola
Circoloco NY Fashion Week with Tale of Us and Marco Carola photographed by offbrandproject.

Final Thoughts

Organized over 5 days, Amsterdam Dance Event is an unmissable event for fans, artists and insiders of electronic music. Although the schedule may seem overwhelming, finding the right parties and events for you is not impossible. From techno to big mainstream venue, the Amsterdam Dance Event 2022 program caters for all tastes.

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