Dance

ADE Festival 2021 Events Shift to Daytime Hours Over Dutch COVID-19 Protocols

Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Dutch dance event typically attracts about 400,000 people.

Traditionally, the dance music showcases at the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) Festival, one of the world's biggest and longest-running dance industry events, last until dawn. This year, they won't even start until then.

Due to recently implemented protocols around nightclub gatherings in The Netherlands, musical offerings at the 2021 incarnation of the annual dance industry event will take place largely during daytime hours, shifting the robust event series from its more nocturnal schedule.

Nightclubs in The Netherlands reopened on Sept. 25 after being closed for nearly the entire pandemic. Government rules around nightclub reopenings state that clubs must close between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. and can only admit 75% capacity. As such, organizers of the ADE Festival shifted the schedule of nearly 350 club shows, which are set to take place in the Dutch capital from Oct. 13-16.

“Although a small number of organizers had to cancel their event," ADE co-directors Meindert Kennis and Jan-Willem van de Ven said in a joint statement, "there’s more than plenty left to create an amazing ADE. Despite the limitations, we are pleased that ADE can help support the sector in this way after a difficult period, and that together we show how strong we are as an industry."

The development will lead to some novel parties, with heavyweight producers like Solomun, Maya Jane Coles, Joseph Capriati, Maceo Plex, Ellen Alien and many more all scheduled to play morning and mid-afternoon sets. Organizers have postponed a handful of shows by artists, including Martin Solveig, Jax Jones, Chocolate Puma, Markus Schulz and dance label Monstercat, until 2022.

The nightclub shuffle follows the cancellation earlier this month of ADE Pro, an associated conference that includes panels, discussions and breakout sessions with industry leaders. In a statement explaining the decision, conference organizers cited issues regarding "regulatory uncertainties" and "strict conditions surrounding international travel." Currently, those traveling from the U.S. to The Netherlands must present proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test.

Instead, "we are pouring all of our resources available into making ADE Festival as safe and unforgettable as possible," the Sept. 15 statement continued.

ADE typically attracts roughly 400,000 artists, executives, label reps and more from around the world. The 2020 version of ADE happened largely online due to the pandemic.