Amsterdam Dance Event 2018 Conference & Event Guide: See Our Top Picks Here

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Amsterdam Dance Event festival at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam on Oct 15, 2015.

Since 1995, the annual Amsterdam Dance Event has been a breeding ground for electronic music's future as key players of its present and past descend upon the Dutch capital to learn, network and definitely play. This year's ADE runs Wednesday to Sunday, Oct. 17 to 21, with plans for more than 2,500 artists to perform across 140 of the city's venues, and that's not even speaking of the day programming.

Conferences, workshops, talks and panels will help those interested in the industry at all levels walk away with the knowledge they need to succeed more. It's all very exciting, but it's also daunting. With so many choices, how do you know what to do when? We want to help, so we at Billboard Dance compiled a handy guide to what we think would make a killer ADE 2018 experience. Check our favored conferences and events below, and have fun.

The Conference

Climbing the Ranks: How Billboard Assesses the Biggest Dance Acts in the World
Friday, Oct. 19, 2-2:30 p.m.
Launched in March of 2018, the Billboard Dance 100 list ranks DJs and producers on a strict, data-driven criteria of chart statistics, streaming performance, ticket sales, show capacities and fan voting. Billboard Dance founder Matt Medved will field questions from ADE University attendees about our Billboard Dance 100 list. 
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How to Get Paid in Full
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 12-12:45 p.m.
Are you getting the most out of your royalties? What other income streams have you let slip between the cracks? Stop digging through your couch cushion for change and make your creativity pay your bills and then some, because artists are way easier to work with when they're not starving. 
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How To Design a Green Strategy
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 12-1 p.m.
Whether you're an event organizer, a brand founder or an artist, there are ways you can help create a more sustainable present and healthy future. This workshop shows you how you can implement better team choices for a better tomorrow.
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A Road Map For People On The Road
Wednesday, Oct. 17
Mental and Physical Wellbeing: 12-12:40 p.m. (sign up)
Say What? How Is Your Hearing Holding Up?: 12:40-1:20 p.m. (sign up)
The Other Family: 1:20-2 p.m. (sign up)
Mental and physical health and wellness is finally a main talking point in dance music industry culture, and this three-part panel series addresses a lot of your dream job's hardest demands. From learning to take care of your mind and body - and particularly your precious ears - to balancing a tight work schedule and a family life, this conference wants to give you the tools to lift you to higher ground.

ADE House of China
Wednesday, Oct. 17
The magic of numbers: expand your Chinese fan base: 12:30-1:15 p.m.
Live and Diverse: China’s music streaming market Wednesday: 2-2:45 p.m. 
Putting the C in dance: 3-3:45 p.m.​
This three-part panel presentation takes a closer look at the explosive dance music market in China and how professionals in all aspects of the industry can take advantage of local growing interest. 
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The Music Industry Laid Bare
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 5-5:45 p.m.
So, you want to work in the music industry, but you don't know where to start - literally. What are the jobs available? How does any of this actually work? This wide range of music professionals will explain their jobs, how they got there, and what it takes to be a success in the varying fields of your dream job so you can get in where you fit in.
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Studio XL - Netsky & Lost Frequencies
Thursday, Oct. 18, 12-12:45 p.m.
These two outstanding musical minds will transform the stage into a mobile studio and dissect their collaboration "Here With You" in real-time, giving you insight into their technique and collaborative methods. 
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The Pollinating Effect of Music
Thursday, Oct. 18, 12:30-1:15 p.m.
Our modern era is colored by a lot of political frustration, fear and confusion. Music offers an escape, especially dance music, what with its "throw your hands up in the air" platitudes. Join this panel of industry insiders, including our founder Matt Medved, as they discuss the increasingly-borderless nature of the modern music mainstream and its electronic counterparts.
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AFEM Presents How to Change the Game in Electronic Music
Thursday, Oct. 18, 1:15-2 p.m.
Music is a fast-changing game, but technology changes even faster. Self-promotion is strictly prohibited at this panel, so you know you're getting real insight into the advancements that could help you strengthen your artistic voice or discover the next "it" sound.
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Why Has Electronic Music Never Had a 'Punk' Moment? 
Thursday, Oct. 18, 1-1:45 p.m.
This panel doesn't mean, "why doesn't electronic music shave its head into a mohawk and spit on the audience." This panel of moderators asks why electronic music doesn't represent rebellious revolution culture in the face of international political discontent. There are some instances of protest dance, but why not more?
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How To Start Your Own Label
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2-2:45 p.m.
Take your future by the hands and start releasing your own music while supporting the growing careers of other creatives you believe in. These label bosses have learned a thing or two growing their businesses over the years. Heed their warnings, miss their mistakes and get a firm grip on that ladder for yourself.
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ADE Music Talks: Nile Rodgers
Thursday, Oct. 18, 6-6:45 p.m.
The Chic guitarist is an absolute legend. He's the mind behind some of music's greatest dance and pop hits with a roster of collaborators that includes Daft Punk, David Bowie, Duran Duran and many more. Be regaled by his anecdotes and pick up a tip or two from the multiple Grammy-winning Chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
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The Power of the Playlist 
Friday, Oct. 19, 1-1:45 p.m.
Online playlists are the new terrestrial radio stations fueling music discovery for thousands, if not millions, of subscribed listeners each week. Meet the people who curate these playlists and learn how they choose what tracks make the cut. This panel is moderated by Billboard Dance founder Matt Medved.
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Demopitch - Get Your Demo's Ready
Friday, Oct. 19, 2:30-4 p.m.
The best way to get your foot in the door is with quality music production, but getting the right ears on your music is a whole 'nother ballgame. This is your chance to shop your sound to professional label A&Rs, producers and other industry insiders for serious, honest feedback. Even if you're not quite ready for prime time, their advice can help you get there.
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The Ghost You Love The Most!
Friday, Oct. 19, 4-4:30 p.m.
Ghost production is almost a bad word, but it's also a fact of the industry. Russian producer Alex Larichev​ isn't a name you may know, but you could know his work. He fell victim to economic hardship, as have many creatives in Eastern Europe, but Larichev created a business model within which these struggling creatives can sell their work and get back on their feet. Here's your chance to learn how ghost production actually works.
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The Events

Heldeep
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 11 p.m. - 6 a.m.
Oliver Heldens has been at the wheel of his own label since 2013, and he's built quite the roster of family and friends. Although the official lineup has not been announced, you can be sure many of Heldeep's key players will stop by to blast their best, as well as some of Heldens' best buds.
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The Trap Nation Cruise
Thursday, Oct. 18, 8 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Troyboi, NGHMRE and Hucci headline this sealife adventure. Trap Nation is a harbinger of bass and 808s, and because this party is a docked experience, attendees are able to come and go as they please. Just don't be surprised if you hear the siren's song and stay all night long.
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Audio Obscura x Seth Troxler & Honey Dijon at The Prison
Thursday, Oct. 18, 10 p.m. - 6 a.m.
The Bijlmer prison is no longer in service, which means the only thing locking you to the dance floor will be Troxler and Dijon's world-class selections. The Detroit and Chicago DJs are known for crafting some of the best club energies around. See for yourself what first-class spinning sounds like. 
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Audio Obscura x Spectrum
Thursday, Oct. 18, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
The famed Dutch event company helps its countryman Joris Voorn to bring his Spectrum audio-visual tour concept to life in the grand setting of Amsterdam Centraal Station. This is a real once-in-a-lifetime experience, a congruence of building beats and architectural wonder, playing on lights, shadows and colors.
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Cum My Lord
Thursday, Oct. 18, 10 p.m. - 7 a.m.
Who is ready to get dirty to even dirtier beats? Acid techno icon Boys Noize leads the charge of this vile, debaucherous, "no fun" night. He's bringing more of his sexy Boys Noize Records family to this usually members-only club. Just be advised, it's first cum first serve, even if you've got an ADE badge.
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2ManyDJs
Thursday, Oct. 12, 11 p.m. - 6 a.m.
The Soulwax brothers leave the three drum sets at home (seriously, have you seen that live set up?) in favor of a classic 2ManyDJs set. You never know what the Belgian bros are going to play, but you can be sure there will be bloghouse greatness, disco classics, heralded house favorites and probably some punk and indie - literally whatever they want.
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Monstercat Uncaged
Thursday, Oct. 18, 11:30 p.m. - 7 a.m.
One of the bossiest independent labels around, this "no holds barred" even will be a face-full of bass worth a second scoop. Headline performances from Noisia, Feed Me and Modestep promise blistering booms, with production assistance from celebrated brands Bassrush and Run The Trap.
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A Night With Bitbird
Thursday, Oct. 18, 11:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Bitbird head honcho San Holo is riding high into his home country's capital ready to wave the flag for his label mates and closest musical allies. Labelmates DROELOE with definitely be there, though the rest of the lineup has yet to be announced. We do know all of bitbird's myriad of sonic influences will be on display, so come ready to hear a breadth of fresh air.
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Martin Garrix at Amsterdam RAI | 18+
Friday, Oct. 19, 10 p.m. - 6 a.m.
Garrix is a hometown hero, and he always approaches his ADE performance with extra flair. There are two giant events, one for the all ages crowd, and one for those 18 and older. Go party with the big kids and be amazed with how dexterously Garrix mixes the worlds of underground house and mainstream electro-pop.
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Awakenings x Maceo Plex presents Mosaic
Friday, Oct. 19, 10 p.m. - 8 a.m.
This Texan-bred tech house bastion is a real sonic world builder. Earlier this year, he launched a darker, deeper subset to his label Ellum known as Ellum Black, led with his own EP release, Mutant 2. Whatever mood he chooses on this night, it's safe to say you'll fall into it entirely.
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DGTL x Paradise
Friday, Oct. 19, 10 p.m. - 7 a.m.
DGTL is another of Amsterdam's finest event organizers, and this night, it teams with Jamie Jones to bring the soulful world of his label Paradise to life. These events are always over-the-top, a special dreamland kind of presentation, with additional sets scheduled from Dubfire live, Maya Jane Coles, Derrick May and more.
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Elrow Goes to ADE
Saturday, Oct. 20, 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Elrow is a premiere clubbing destination and event brand for party lovers in Ibiza and beyond. The storied institution recently threw a festival in Amsterdam, and it returns with love in its heart for a wild night of costume and revelry. It's Chinese New Year themed, so come ready to be a dog. 
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Dockyard Festival
Saturday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
A new annual favorite, green space with industrial roots comes to life for this all-day event. Eats Everything, Paco Osuna, Sven Vath and Skream are just some of the names on the 40-plus act lineup. Play in the mystic garden or get weird in the dockyard's dystopian jungle for twelve continuous hours of boom and groove.
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The Gardens of Babylon - The Seekers of Light
Sunday, Oct. 21, 12 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Party until the sun goes down and then some with this house night event brand inspired by Burning Man. Sets from Blond:ish, Damian Lazarus and more will set the groove to otherworldly levels of groove, plus live performances from Be Svendsen, Crussen, and Mahfoud.
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Solomun All Night x Loveland
Saturday, Oct. 20, 10 p.m. - 6 a.m.
Presented by one of Amsterdam's favorite spring music festivals, this is a one-man show from one of the best deep house DJs around. He'll go strong for six hours, plenty of time to build a whole new dimension of sound and feeling inside the unique setting of an Amsterdam warehouse-turned-nightclub.
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