ADE '18 memories: Solarstone presents Pure Trance - a pure night to remember

It isn't easy to talk about one of the greatest nights of ADE. It isn't easy to keep yourself cool for a couple of days (weeks) and try not to write 100 articles about it. It is not. But it is easy to remember what happened and get the goosebumps again and again because of the memories of a Pure Night to remember. On October 20th, at Postillion Convention Centre Amsterdam Solarstone celebrated his birthday with a Pure Trance Night.

Being my first ADE year, I was nervous with each event I attended. Do not ask me why, because even I don't know. I am nervous when it is about Trancers.ro and its first experiences. I heard a lot about last year's events, so I was curious about 2018's ones. 

Understood that last year,there were some issues regarding the location and facilities, but this year people were happier. Heard no complaints around me and I had a nice experience. The space was pretty fancy, but the lasers, the music, and the people made it a real trance party. 

When I got to the party, Orkidea was playing. Orkidea was warming up the crowd even more, after Hal Stucker. And he was doing one hell of a job! I've always enjoyed his music and listened to some of his sets. But experiencing it live is something out of this world. He was the right man for the job. I am not soooo much into the progressive sets, but from time to time some manage to amaze me. And hit me in the feels. I experienced joy, smiles and lots of fun with my friends. I do not remember too many tracks (you know I can't remember too many tracks), cuz I focus on the feelings I experience on the dancefloor, but I remember Orkidea's remix of Coldplay - White Shadows. 

Then, the Pure Trance man took the decks and did what he knows best: amaze the crowd. Solarstone celebrated his birthday in style and threw an amazing party. I've seen Solarstone a couple of times and he always delivered. Played a couple of my favorites, but the ones that reached most of my heart are: Solarstone - Thank you and Solarstone - Love Theme from Blade Runner (Pure Mix).

The whole night was an emotional rollercoaster. And when Giuseppe Ottaviani joined Solarstone on the stage for the Pure NRG set and begun theirs set with "Age of Love" I went straight to Crazy Huma on the Dancefloor mode. I was crying, I was enjoying the goosebumps of this track, I met new people feeling the same as I did. Age of Love if one of my all time favorites, so to start a set with that one, meant only one thing: the set will be PERFECT. And it was. 

I made these gifs to capture the madness of the sets. I could not take any photos, since these guys were enjoying their work too much to stay still. Both PureNRG and Lost in Noise sets were definitely my favorites from that night. Closer to my soul in style, closer to my soul in music. 

It was a crazy night, an amazing night to end the ADE experience with. I couldn't thought of any other party to chose for this. What are your favorite memories with a Pure Trance act or party? 


First Artists Announced for ADE LIVE 2018

The electronic live music program during ADE will feature Róisín Murphy, Agar Agar, Red Axes (live) and Eefje de Visser, among others.

Following up on recent news about Intercell and the MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. premiere, we bring you a fresh breath of musical air with the first confirmed artists for ADE LIVE 2018.

For the past three years, live music has had an important position within the ADE festival program through ADE LIVE. Paradiso, Melkweg and Sugar Factory joined forces again this year during the two-day program, allowing visitors to discover the latest electronic live acts and honour established names.

Last year, renowned artists like Fatima Yamaha, Hercules & Love Affair and Marian Hill played next to (then) emerging acts such as Nambyar, Phlake and Témé Tan and showed that electronic live music deserves a prominent place within ADE’s offering.

This year’s program will leave an even bigger mark on our festival program, thanks to the queen of nu-disco: Róisín Murphy. Ever since her Moloko days, the Irish vocalist has been able to innovate and surprise us with her unusual pop music. Together with the synth-heavy electro music of Agar Agar, the punky techno of Red Axes [live] and the dreamscapes of Eefje de Visser, the third edition of ADE LIVE promises yet again to offer a wide range of musical talent.

ADE LIVE Day 1

ADE LIVE Paradiso
Date: Wednesday, October 17th, 7 PM – Thursday, October 18th, 1 AM
Venue: Paradiso
Line up: Ama Lou / Dâm-Funk [live] / LYZZA / Róisín Murphy

ADE LIVE Sugar Factory
Date: Wednesday, October 17th, 7 PM – Wednesday, October 17th, 11:30 PM
Venue: Sugar Factory
Line up: Diron Animal / The Mauskovic Dance Band / XOA [live]

ADE LIVE Day 2

ADE LIVE Melkweg
Date: Thursday, October 18th, 6:30 PM – Thursday, October 18th, 11:30 PM
Venue: Melkweg
Line up: Agar Agar / Amy Root / CIFIKA / Red Axes [live]

ADE LIVE Sugar Factory
Date: Thursday, October 18th, 6:30 PM – Thursday, October 18th, 11:30 PM
Venue: Sugar Factory
Line up: Eefje de Visser / Haiku Hands / WWWater

Tickets & more info

ADE LIVE is accessible for ADE Pass holders (limited capacity) and single ticket holders. The ADE Pass is available here, single tickets are available here.

The Amsterdam Dance Event takes place from the 17th to 21st of October, 2018.


Amsterdam Dance Event announces first confirmed artists

The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), the world’s largest festival and business conference for electronic music, today announced the first selection of artists for 2018. Among them are Bonobo, Charlotte de Witte, Colin Benders, GAIA, Jeff Mills, Laurent Garnier, Martin Garrix, Nina Kraviz, Orbital, Peggy Gou and Richie Hawtin. The organisers expect to welcome a record breaking 400,000 visitors for the 23rd edition.

The five day and night gathering runs from October 17th-21st, 2018 and is the world’s leading festival and conference program, offering an extensive art, film, photography program, alongside music and the latest trends in technology and social good.

We’re almost at the point of reaching the magical 400,000 visitors mark, and we still see lots of opportunities to grow. ADE aims to be a world stage for musical talent and the music industry. With visitors from more than 100 countries now you can confidently claim that Amsterdam is truly the beating heart of the worldwide music industry during ADE, while being at the same time a breading ground for cultural and technological innovation for five days and nights.
ADE-director Richard Zijlma

In addition to the growth of the extensive night program, there is also rapid growth of the ADE Beats program, with the audience for hiphop, bass and beats growing year on year. ADE 2017 featured more than 2,500 artists and 550 speakers in a record breaking 160 locations. In previous communications, ADE’s organisers announced that the opening concert with the Metropole Orchestra, the free city festival ADE Hangover and the ADE Hackathon will return to this year’s program.

Among the first selection of artists are: