With a week to go before Amsterdam Dance Event 2018 kicks off, we're officially in the 'calm before the storm' stage.
At this point you know the best venues in the city, experts' tips on how to make it through ADE, our picks for the best events at this year's edition, where to eat when you're hungover, and what sights not to miss in the Dutch capital.
That is all to say you're ready. You got this.
With so much thought put into the upcoming festivities, we thought we'd finish off our ADE prep by looking back. So take a breath, relax and enjoy the favourite memories of bygone Amsterdam Dance Events from those in the know.
Susanne van Maanen, Founder of Komm Schon Alter
When my own edition sold out in 2016 I went all out at the Maeve edition on Sunday. Never seen such great B2Bs, never seen such a crowd, never had such blissful worry-less dancing myself. Best atmosphere I felt in that whole year. In one word: awesome!
Ester Verdegaal, Marketing Ninja at Chasing the Hihat
Definitely our night at Marktkantine in 2015 with Maeve in the big room and Nuno’s SoHaSo in the smaller room.
Mano le Tough, Jennifer Cardini, Gilb’r, Job Jobse… only superstars. It was truly mayhem, people raving until the very end and still screaming for more on the last night of ADE.
Michael van der Lee, Co-Founder at MBG Productions
It's probably about 10 years ago, or longer, but my favourite memory was Defected in the Panama, where artists were playing the biggest Defected hits with a live band!
Rik Sietzema, Head of Marketing at E&A Events
We have so many memories from the past years, it's one of the busiest weeks of the year! We organise Martin Garrix's solo shows each year. He does one 18+ and one all ages. Seeing all those kids partying is definitely one of my favourite memories from a past ADE.
Allan Hardenberg, CEO of ALDA
My favourite memory from ADE was Amsterdam Music Festival in 2015. We organised it for the first time in the Amsterdam Arena (now Johan Cruijff ArenA) and we had a huge lineup with Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, DJ Snake, Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Hardwell and The Chainsmokers. It was an insane full circle moment from our first warehouse party in 1996.
Jeroen Bosschers, Marketing Manager at Loveland
The vibe at our first pop-up event last year in the city centre. The excitement of the start of ADE was clearly visible while Richie Hawtin kicked things off.
Andres van der Horst, Marketing Manager at The Gardens of Babylon
My favourite moment was the closing of our main event The Seekers of Light. It's where I realised that all of our effort had been worth it.
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