Navigating ADE

Your guide to travelling around Amsterdam

Amsterdam in October wouldn't be the same without Amsterdam Dance Event spreading its iconic yellow and black colors across the city. 

The global meeting point for the creative industry evolving around electronic music is back and you can feel the vibes everywhere in the Dutch capital; Central Station pours of excited visitors with their backpacks, traveling from everywhere in Europe to attend some of the best shows of the year; "what are your plans for ADE?" is the most asked question. 

With a program of more than 200 locations and 2500 artists, it might seem hard to get your head around what parties you're going to attend  - to help you out let's go on a  journey to discover the top venues of ADE 2019, by dividing the city into 4 main areas - Noord, Oost, West and Centrum


From the historical shipyard with the NDSM hangar to Shelter, the Kromhounthal and the Garage Noord, the creative area at the north bank of the IJ river will host big names from DGTL to Elrow through Into the Woods! From Amsterdam Centraal you can reach Amsterdam Noord area in several ways; metro 52 takes you straight to Noord; Shelter, Garage Noord, and Kromhounthal are walking distance from there, while NDSM can be reached by bus 35. The traditional ferry from Central Station is an experience for everyone visiting Amsterdam - you can get the 901 (Buiksolterweg) or 902 (IJplein) to reach Shelter, Garage Noord and Kromhounthal; ferry 905/906 (NDSM) to quickly get to NDSM, for which you can also jump on Bus 391 or 394 from Central Station. 


The up and coming and vibrant neighbourhood has seen a sharp incline of clubs and venues cropping up in the last 10 years. Awakenings, Loveland, Breakfast Club and VBX have chosen Warehouse Elementenstraat, Warehouse Houthavens, Gashouder, Radion, BRET, De Marktkantine to host their amazing shows during ADE. 

From Central Station, Metro 51 and 52 are the best way to quickly reach BRET and Radion and start the day with a filling breakfast while dancing with Peggy Gou or Donato Dozzy; bus 21 and 22 quickly reaches De Marktkantine, the Gashouder and Warehouse Elementenstraat with their Awakenings shows, hosting Charlotte de Witte, Adam Beyer, Joseph Capriati, Afterlife, Carl Cox, Boris Brejcha and many others . Warehouse Houthavens, hosting Loveland nights is just around the corner, you can get bus 48 or a nice walk from Amsterdam Central Station. 


Ethnically diverse and strikingly spacious, Amsterdam East boasts an exciting selection of trendy clubs among traditional Turkish and Surinamese supermarkets and 19th-century elegant buildings. Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, is just a 5-minute walk from Central Station but is also reachable by tram 26, they'll host Audio Obscura nights. 

Martin Garrix and TIKTAK will take over the stage at RAI Amsterdam, easily reachable by metro 52, tram 4 or 12. Amsterdam Arena area, with the Ziggo Dome and Johann Cruiff Arena, can be reached by metro 54, tram 26 and bus 66; events to attend there: the AMF 2019 and Tomorrowland 15 Year Anniversary

City Centre

Reaching ADE venues in the city center is absolutely easy when you bike or walk; top venues will be Melkweg, Paradiso, Chicago Social Club, Jimmy Woo and many others located in Leidseplein. Rembrandtplein area hosts the Escape, Claire, Club Nyx; Niewmarkt becomes an open sky club, hosting free gigs and music all day long!

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– Phoebe on 16 octobre 2019