While some may argue that Amsterdam Dance Event is not the best time of the year to experience Amsterdam’s nightlife—think: overpriced tickets, overcrowded clubs, overrated gigs—Glamcult can’t resist the urge to make a stop here or there. Whether you’re into the darkest of techno or electronic R&B, this year’s line-ups contain enough gems to have us feeling thrilled. So, without pretending this is an all-encompassing ADE agenda, here’s some options you might want to check out.
What can we do about male-dominated line-ups? And how can we feel safe on the dancefloor? Seeing the recent response to the open letter urging to remove Konstantin from ADE’s line-ups, our first stop on Wednesday is unfortunately still a much-needed one. LAB 111 is hosting Equalizer, a day programme for anyone concerned about true nightlife equality. Offering film screenings, DJ workshops, exhibitions and a panel talk, kick off your ADE with an activist brainstorm. From there, it’s only commonsensical to head straight to Paradiso Noord—where the amazing SOPHIE will perform live. Accompanied by Danny L Harle, Torus and Dinamarca, expect to have all possible senses shaken up. From Paradiso to Noorderling in a matter of a minute, there’s a chance to dance to DJ Stingray and his own invitees: DJ Nobu, Inga Mauer and SPFDJ. But there’s also the opportunity to head to Shelter, where our friends of Dance With Pride and Odd Fantastic are raising funds for LGBTQIA+ refugees with a quality techno night that features Dr. Rubinstein and Avalon Emerson playing back to back. Now that’s what we call a proper kick-off.
ADE’s Thursday provides a similar prospect of thinking, doing and dancing. By day, Nieuw Dakota is the home of To the Beat of My Own Drum, an ongoing exhibition by five artists working on the intersection of the visual arts, the music industry and nightlife. Featuring art by Heleen Blanken and Danielle Kwaaitaal, among others, the bar is set high. Commencing in the late afternoon, Mediamatic will host Body in Revolt: a string of talks and performances that focus on “club culture as an initiator of change, as a form of activism and as an artistic expression where dancing is seen as an urgency in times of socio-political crisis”. With participants coming from places such as Palestine, Georgia and Brazil, come prepared to ask yourself: ‘What does my dance really mean?’ By night, that same thought can be put into practice, when Spielraum and Bassiani team up for the afterparty at Radion with their respective residents, as well as Cashu and Tijana T in the upper room.
What would ADE be without LYZZA? Although our dear contributor has just relocated to London, her Amsterdam installation with visual artist Charlotte Krieger, made possible by Foam Photography Museum, can be experienced for the duration of the festival at Het Stenen Hoofd. These two artists don’t shy away from expressing the good and the bad, the ugly and beautiful, the hard and the soft—creating in bold colours that can be heard, seen and felt. When evening falls on Friday 19 October, Red Bull Music presents a performance by another Glamcult favourite. Sevdaliza’s Русская рулетка (Russian Roulette) is an invite-only show, but shoot us an email if you really want to be there.
Speaking of contributors on familiar ground… All-round artist Torus will present his own live soundtrack to the Soviet sci-fi film Stalker (1979) on the weekend at Melkweg. And, of course, the weekend also stands for Het Weekend at De School. With CEM, Courtesy, Carista and Octo Octa scheduled for the first night—followed by SKY H1, mad miran, upsammy, Nur Jaber, JASSS, Sandrien and countless great others in the pulsating marathon that follows—you can probably guess where Glamcult will be wrapping up ADE. Hello, homecoming!