16 free events to check out at this year's Amsterdam Dance Event

Amsterdam Dance Event can be a very expensive weekend due to all the partying, boozing and shelling out your hard-earned cash on tickets, but by following this list you can have a good time without paying for tickets. That’s right, we scoured the events line-up to provide your broke asses with a schedule of free events. This is especially important if you are an aspiring musician, DJ, singer, or producer yourself.

No need to thank us, just have a good time.


Wednesday, 19th

Andaz Unplugged: Pop Up DJ Booth
14:00 - 23:00 | Andaz Amsterdam | Prinsengracht 587, Amsterdam

Andaz sets up the equipment and invites you to bring your talent and test your skills on the decks. Be sure to sign up to secure a slot.

PUMA presents: Brands X Music
15:00 - 22:00 | Daily Paper Store | Bilderdijkstraat 131, Amsterdam

The Daily Paper store is opening its doors for a series of panel discussions covering fashion and music’s collaboration with each other.

Eclectic Sounds
22:00 - 04:00 | Van Dyck Bar | Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 28-32, Amsterdam

Who doesn’t love a free night of Eclectic music.


Thursday, 20th

Press & Impress. How to Produce & Promote Your Music
13:00 - 17:00 | AIR | Amstelstraat 16, Amsterdam
In a studio setting audio engineers and studio masterminds Giacomo Piscitelli & Jeffrey de Gans (SAE Institute) will show you live on stage the delicasies of mixing and mastering a track. You want feedback on your own tracks? Bring them and they will give you tips and tricks to improve your sound.  In addition, experts in the field of music marketing will show you the fundamentals of promoting your music.

ADE Sound Lab presents: Gear Test Lab
12:00 - 19:00 | De Brakke Grond G5: Test Lab | Nes 45, Amsterdam

Get a chance to try out some of the latest music gear from Abbey Road Institute, Amptec ,Bax-Shop, Denon DJ, PreSonus, Shutterstock Music, and Splice.

Funk'n Deep & Friends
12:00 - 20:00 | First 100 free / € 5 after |Generator Amsterdam | Mauritskade 57, Amsterdam

Get their early if you can because it is only temporarily free.

Spooker (or not) // Struik
23:59 - 03:00 | Café Struik | Rozengracht 160 , Amsterdam

Free music at a dope bar with good food.


Friday, 21st 

The truth on gear and software incl. latest developments
13:00 - 16:45 | Beat Fabriek | Dam 27, Amsterdam

This event is a must for anyone that is interested in music production and the gear and software used in music production. Sure to be interesting.

Late Night Culture Talks
14:00 - 17:00 | De School | Doctor Jan van Breemenstraat 1, Amsterdam

De School is host to a small conference on Friday together with Amsterdam´s night-mayor – focusing on collaboration with local authorities, mental and physical health; and diversity and sexuality in club culture. It’s a nice little break before you get back to partying.

Audio Obscura presents Maceo Plex x Rijksmuseum
19:00 - 23:00 | De Rijksmuseum Passage | Museumstraat 1, Amsterdam

Known for it amazing acoustics the Rijks Passage always plays host to some local musicians, this time American DJ/product Maceo Plex takes over and inspires a truly unique event. Be sure to register though to make sure you can take part.

Rimboe Riddim ADE Special
22:30 - 03:00 | Waterkant | Marnixstraat 246, Amsterdam

Party it up at the Waterkant with KD Soundsystem, Milangeles, and Amsterdam Sound System. Get there early as Waterkant can fill up quickly.


Saturday, 22nd

Photo Expo Joris Voorn
11:00 - 19:00 | De Brakke Grond G5: Test Lab | Nes 45, Amsterdam

Check out photos from DJ Joris Voorn. Trying to stay creative during relentless touring schedules, Joris kept up his love of photography.

14:00 - 20:00 | Mary Go Wild Basement | Zeedijk 40, Amsterdam

Limited capacity and the DJs are only announced an hour before. Check out this place and get in touch with classic raves for a unique ADE experience.

NATIv ADE 2016
21:00 - 03:00 | The Tara | Rokin 85-89, Amsterdam

Nativ House was conceived of by Todd Gardner, Blaqwell and a group of promoters who all wanted to pay respect to the founding homes of House Music.  

Sunday, 23rd

20:00 - 04:00 | No.129 | Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 129, Amsterdam

The closing-party in Club No.129 Old Skool dj's vs New School dj's. Musically from disco to house, but most of all a great evening to ease on down after a great week of parties and seminars at ADE 2016.

Home Again (Berlin)
22:00 - 04:00 |Cinema Café | Thorbeckeplein 16-18, Amsterdam

A nice party to wind down the whole weekend. Finish it off right!