ADE has been the premiere Amsterdam music festival for many years and MN2S has always been along for the ride. We look at the details and history of this iconic event.

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Amsterdam Dance Event at a Glance

For those who have never been, Amsterdam Dance Event, popularly known as ADE, is one of the biggest electronic music festivals in Europe. A five day extravaganza of DJ sets, music industry talks and professional production tips, ADE is a dance music Mecca.

The lineup is different every year, but the event always takes place in October, and it always attracts the biggest and brightest from the world of electronic music. This year’s festival includes the highly anticipated party MN2S Presents: Roger Sanchez, Todd Terry and A Guy Called Gerald, MN2S’s seventeenth party at the Amsterdam Dance Event.

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Amsterdam Dance Event Lineup 2017

As usual the lineup is packed full of top tier artists this year. The MN2S party will of course be a highlight, as it brings together three all-time greats of house music under one roof.


Also on the bill this year is Netherlands native Martin Garrix, who is playing two sets: one for all ages and one for adults only. The festival will also feature US legend DJ Pierre, and French pop sensation David Guetta. This year, as every year, has a truly global lineup, and there are still many more artists to be announced.

For a full list of artists, see the Amsterdam Dance Event website.

The trip to The Netherlands is worth it for every electronic music fan, as the festival is consistently bold and brilliant. Read all about the history of the festival, and the role MN2S has played in it.


Amsterdam Dance Event’s Early Days and Origins

Amsterdam has had a rich electronic music scene since the early 1990s, when Dutch DJs developed the gabber subgenre. Created as a response to what they saw as the watering down of dance music for mainstream consumption, gabber is the Netherlands’ answer to New York and Frankfurt hardcore techno.

This track is a particularly hardcore example from pioneers Rotterdam Terror Corps:


With the thriving gabber scene in full swing, it’s no wonder a strong community of electronic music fans, producers and DJs began to build up in the country. Amsterdam Dance Event was the natural next step. Founded in 1996, ADE was originally a three day conference attended by delegates who discussed electronic music and occasionally performed. Over its first ten years, the three day event involved into a fully-fledged five day festival, with DJs, producers and labels taking the opportunity to discuss and display the latest and greatest of cutting edge electronic music. That’s where MN2S came in.



By 2005, MN2S was already notorious for its parties, residencies and exceptional roster of talent. The agency was celebrating 10 years of its iconic Milk n’ 2 Sugars club night at The End in London. Never a company to get set in its ways, MN2S decided to plan their Amsterdam debut for this same year.

The debut party, at Amsterdam’s Escape club, was stacked full of talented DJs. The Netherlands’ own Raymundo opened the night, and a lineup which included Full Intention, Sharam Jay, Alex Romero and Axwell. Needless to say, it went down a storm, and MN2S have been back at ADE every year since.


MN2S’s second ADE party was held once again at Escape and headlined by the legendary Todd ‘The God’ Terry. It also saw DJ Roog, Seamus Haji and Born To Funk returning for a second time. 2007’s ADE MN2S event saw a change of venue with Fedde Le Grand, Bodyrox and Luciana taking to the stage at BG. MN2S’s next ADE lineup saw twelve acts including Joey Negro and Ron Carroll play over three separate areas at the Panama venue. The following years saw MN2S ADE mainstays Robert Owens, Seamus Haji and Full Intention behind the decks.



It was in 2012 that MN2S began to shake up the formula once again. 2012’s MN2S Presents: David Morales, Frankie Knuckles, Hector Romero and DJ Meme must be one of the strongest succinct lineups ADE had ever seen. Taking place in MN2S’s new ADE home Sugarfactory, the party was a huge success, as was every party with a set from the late, great Frankie Knuckles. It was a tough act to follow, but MN2S’s 2013 party did not disappoint. Headlined by the illustrious Kerri Chandler and featuring his friends in Apollonia (Shonky, Dan Ghenacia, Dyed Soundorom), the party was once again hugely acclaimed and enjoyed by all.

The next year saw MN2S Presents: DJ Jazzy Jeff & Friends. The iconic turntablist scratched away at Sugarfactory in one of the greatest sets to grace their decks. Friends Soul Clap, DJ W!ld and DJ Kon were also exceptional.


Another special year for MN2S at ADE. As part of the agency’s twentieth anniversary celebrations, MN2S presented a Kaoz Theory label takeover which featured several acclaimed artists from Kerri Chandler’s record label, and of course Kerri himself.


2016 was a tough year for many, but there were no signs of doom and gloom at MN2S’s 21st ADE party. DJ Jazzy Jeff was behind the decks once again, this time joined on the bill by fellow music legend Kenny Dope and trendy up and comer Kaper. Each DJ brought their A game, making it one of MN2S’s best Amsterdam Dance Event showings yet.


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