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13.09.2018 | Words by: Luc Mastenbroek 

The Amsterdam dance scene has its own Christmas. Every year mid-October people from the scene gather under colourful lights to share what they have, promise to do better and fight out family conflicts. Some of these days Amsterdam's vibe can feel self-congratulatory, but on better days it's a mix of non-stop nightlife energy, healthy discussions, space to express feelings or discomfort and geeks strolling from instore to instore.

It's nice to show what we have in common, though I'd have a hard time putting it into words. Seeing the ADE artists lined up together gives a funny feeling: a very eclectic bunch of people: the freshly engaged Dutch rapper Lil' Kleine next to Lena Willikens, and Bob Sinclair next to Blawan. It's easier to see what they do not have in common, but there might be a connection somewhere to be found. In the end it seems like there's more good stuff happening each year, and though you'd have to look past the competition-driven talks sometimes, there's enough to look forward to.

Last year we tried to glue the separate islands of our first year's ADE together: five separate nights had felt a bit forced and turning them into one long get-together fitted a lot better. This year we'll open again from Friday night to Monday morning, which offers enough time to check out other venues. On Wednesday night LYZZA will present her new liveshow at Paradiso, while Wraclaw Zimpel (fresh member of James Holden's Animal Spirits collective) plays Bimhuis for The Rest is Noise. On Thursday afternoon Body In Revolt organizes a series of lectures focussing on clubbing as activism, inviting guests from Tbilisi, Sao Paulo and Palestine, after which they head to Radion for a party with Spielraum. And on Friday one can see Jasmín and Call Super at Noorderschip and still be in time for CEM in our basement.

I remember a few things that were so amazing last year's ADE: Stellar Om Source live on Friday night, Oceanic's concert Saturday evening and his closing set Monday morning, JP playing after Aurora Halal, Nina Kraviz jumping in, Avalon playing in the garden. Of course these memories can't be replaced, we had to find new ways. Having mad miran opening the basement for Nadia Struiwigh's liveset feels exciting, something to look forward to for this year. SKY H1 was the first person we asked to play the Saturday evening concert, and I’m happy she'll be coming to  play music from her new album. Batu followed by LYZZA on Friday sounds wild, and so does Dettmann taking over from Job Sifre. Octo Octa and Eris Drew (in interview with Haroon Ali for Is Burning here) on one line-up might not have been our own idea, but the connection is made.

In a way, maybe last year's headliner was Children of the Light's Warping Halos installation in De Aula, that went so well with Oceanic's concert. This year Children of the Light are giving the stage to people they admire, over the next few weeks Mathis Neuhaus will give an introduction to their work on our blog. And after a hiatus of a few months, the Sandberg crew will be back for more performative action.

Our friendly neighbours from Subbacultcha celebrate the ten year anniversary of their magazine in October, which will include a party in Garage Noord and an exhibition in our cafe. The same month they'll organize three concerts in their own DIY concert venue S105: MHYSA on October 4th, John Moods on October 6th, and How To Dress Well on October 18th. On October 19 we bring Die Wilde Jagd to S105 together with Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ.  

And of course, our club is also open during the nights before and after ADE, with a program we've put exactly as much effort in. Interstellar Funk has invited Marie Davidson to come play and sing her new songs, followed by Justin Long ('Chicago's house music preservationist'). The day before Tzusing debuts in our basement, backed up by Merel and re:ni. For the first Friday of October Ben UFO has invited upsammy and DB1. The latter who we've found out about through this heavy live jungle recording from Ben UFO's XOYO residency. We just received a postcard saying Hunee will handle the next residency and there might just be one or two schooly favourites playing in there too.

On Saturday October 6 Return to Disorder's Galaxian will play a two-hour liveset, along Mor Elian and Randomer (Slicing already sounded slick in the basement). Palms Trax and Orpheu play the second Friday, while Freddy K and Kate Miller play the Saturday. Freddy K just did a nice RA Podcast and Kate Miller did this NTS radio show not too long ago that has many office favourites in it. From Gotoburg Jacks to Solid Session can't really go wrong anyway.

Tickets for all October events  go on sale Friday September 14th at noon. Tickets for Het Weekend 19.10 – 22.10 is already on sale.
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