Festival Focus


Text by Carolina Calgaro

Within the Amsterdam Dance Event‘s extensive program there is a festival that stands out. After the success of last year, the second edition of ADE LIVE returns to town with a two-day festival on October 18 & 19. ADE LIVE gives the stage and well-deserved spotlight to a group of 23 artists including rising electronic stars, as well as more established ones. With a thrilling line-up, ADE LIVE aims to support live acts, bringing music lovers and members of the industry to get together and dance closer together. Are you ready to discover new names and move to the rhythm of your favourite artists? The festival is scattered around Leidseplein, in three well-known hotspots: Paradiso Amsterdam, Melkweg Amsterdam, and Sugarfactory. Here are some gems from the program:


The NY crew’s well known for being the advocate of club music history, celebrating the potential dance music and acid house have in unifying people and transcending diversity. Andy Butler’s collective has taken a lot of risks in the production of the latest LP, Omnion. The fourth album continues Hercules & Love Affair’s experimentation praising the genre’s past and exploring new beats to survive the present. Expect a night full of synth pulses and disco moves combined with deep meanings that explore the history of night-life. Hercules & Love Affair will play on October 19 at Melkweg Amsterdam.


Our favourite multi-talented Dutch producer of atmospheric sounds Kai Hugo, aka Palmbomen II, will be taking us into a live creative journey. Prepare your mind to wander and space out to the acid grooves and melodies of Hugo’s solo project. Palmbomen II carried a sense of nostalgia and analog vibe, with its references to the 90s’s sci-fi TV show ‘X-Files’. Memories of Cindy, Palmbomen’s latest project, is a collection of 4 EPs that unveil a story through music and videos. We’re ready to abandon ourselves and enter Palmbomen II’s inner world. Are you? Palmbomen II will play on October 18 at Paradiso Amsterdam.


Vessels’ new album The Great Distraction’ s ready to drop at the end of the month. The quintet from Leeds knows how to experiment with synths and rapid drums. This time, Vessels’ music takes us to other dimensions, travelling through time and space. With their Dilate LP they moved from post-rock to more electronic sounds. What will be their sound this time? We don’t know yet, but for sure it’s gonna be galactic. Join us on October 18 at Sugarfactory.


Jeremy Malvin’s background in classical percussions and obsession over synthesizers has resulted into the creation of Chrome Sparks. In March, the new single ‘Wake’ was released, pointing out Chrome Sparks’ affection for orchestral electronica that progressively turns into an explosive beat. The Brooklyn-based artist usually plays on stage accompanied by his two friends, and throughout the past years he’s been acclaimed for his complex and exciting live performances. On stage, Malvin brings together his past as a drummer and his present interest for electronica and it seems like we’re just gonna have to move along with him. Chrome Sparks will play on October 19 at Sugarfactory.


Diego Herrera is Suzanne Kraft, and he’s conquered the Amsterdam scene with his ambient, atmospheric sounds. From Suzanne, we can expect a mix of house and disco, as well as gentle synths. With Talk From Home he showed us a more contemplative and calm side that, since then, has unified us on the dance floor. Through his music, Suzanne offers a way to escape reality, in perfect theme with the ADE LIVE festival. On October 18 come to Paradiso, we’ll close the window to the world creating a space full of possibilities, sounds, and realities.

See you at this year’s ADE Live on 18 & 19 October at the various venues in Amsterdam (Melkweg, Sugarfactory, Paradiso).