Any coverage of Amsterdam Dance Event, the biggest gathering of its kind in the world, should come with a firm caveat in place: what follows is just a single perspective on the event. The sheer eye-popping numbers involved with ADE make it obvious there can be no consensus viewpoint. 450,000 people visited Amsterdam for ADE. There were over 1,000 events across its festival and conference programme. And over 2,500 artists and speakers took part. It’s therefore obvious that no two people’s ADEs are remotely the same.
What we’ve attempted to do here, then, is highlight the conference subjects that somehow felt of-the-moment. Some topics were discussed across multiple panels. Others were talking points that, after two years apart due to Covid, needed revisiting. There are of course omissions. We put climate change to one side as ADE tackled the issue across a series of practical workshops for industry professionals. And as we just extensively covered TikTok on The Bridge, we decided not to readdress the platform and the rise of social media DJing more generally.
What’s here should hopefully provide you with a decent understanding of some of 2022’s key issues and talking points in dance music.