Amsterdam Dance Event 2017: 9 Moments to Lose Sleep Over

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ADE's latest installment once again retains its title as the pinnacle for electronic music professionals and party-goers alike.

As hundreds of thousands of dance super fans around the world -- 395,000 to be exact -- return from Amsterdam Dance Event to their respective home countries and lay in bed perusing through their Instagram posts while serotonin levels slowly regenerate, it's difficult not to reminisce about the multi-sensory overload experienced at the five-day electronic music mecca. Even though the countdown to next year's installment has already begun, Billboard Dance is recapping nine moments we'd lose sleep over again.

Richie Hawtin's ADE Kickoff Pop-Up Show
From his ENTER. residencies to sake installments, techno titan Richie Hawtin is known for his pop-up takeovers across various international destinations and this go-around saw the prolific dance figurehead host a two-hour sunset rave in the city's center at Nieuwmarkt, drawing an expectedly massive crowd for the free outdoor event open to the public. Although the system audio wasn't ideal -- keep in mind it's hard to control acoustics in such an open setting -- having a techno titan of his stature launch off the greatest party marathon in the world was a check off the rave bucket list.
Few parties boasted a lineup more stacked and immersive than Tale Of Us' revered party series Afterlife. Returned to Mediahaven, a three-room warehouse on the city's industrial outskirts, event regulars Mind Against, Patrice Baumel, Recondite, Mathew Jonson, Stephan Bodzin and more lured party-goers into a demented forest of ominous techno that ironically fueled the souls of the audience for a 10-hour adventure into unknown dimensions.