Remember kids, ADE is a marathon, not a sprint. You will need ruthless organization, plenty of vitamins, relentless energy and the determination not to get waylaid in the coffee shops of Amsterdam for hours on end. Amsterdam Dance Event is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year in the Dance Calender.  We've selected some choice cuts of the incredible parties going on (and there are over 800 events to choose from!) alongside some appetite wetting mixes. Read on... 


Diynamic Neon Nights at ADE at Schram Studio's (Extra Edition) with Solomun, David August, Kollektiv Turmstrasse (live), Stimming, H.O.S.H, Uner, Hunter/Game, Karmon.  H.O.S.H., UNER, HUNTER/GAME, KARMON. Diynamic have had an incredible summer, and following on from their dominating presence in Ibiza over the last few months, are the only label to be hosting not just one, but two parties. Their other party, on the 19th (which has a similar line up with the addition of NTFO and Adriatique) at Studio 80 sold out so fast they kindly decided to host another party the night before.  Long live Diynamic. 

Kreativ & Elite Music Management presents Ovum - ADE Special at Chicago Social Club with Josh Wink, Steve Bug, Shlomi Aber, MANIK. Ovum never fail as an imprint to deliver choice cuts in a delectable formant, this party has just the right mix of up and comers and legends like Steve Bug. Check this banging podcast MANIK did exclusively for Pulse a while back. 


Exploited Labelnight - Hosted by Next Monday's Hangover & Zeezout at Het Sieraad & Edel with Tensnake, Catz 'N Dogz, Till von Sein, Adana Twins, Homework, Shir Khan and many more.  A rather immense line up that will perhaps ensure that hangover does continue till Monday featuring the lovely Polish boys, Greg and Voitek and the Adana Twins. Shir Khan of Exploited told us whats what: "I think we have probably the most interesting off-location at ADE this year: the monument Het Sierrad with its famous glass roof which will make it interesting for many international clubbers who dont look for the normal ADE partybusiness. We have put our money on a big quality multi-point sound system, we have invited Tensnake, Catz 'N Dogs, Till Von Sein and 7 Exploited Artists including Adana Twins & Homework. We also have a big light show, installations, performance acts, amazing visuals, many surprises and a Berlin Special Afterhour until 15.00. I am super excited!"

ADE Awakenings: Adam Beyer presents Drumcode at Gashouder with Adam Beyer, Ben Sims, Joseph Capriati, Paul Ritch, Joel Mull, Alan Fitzpatrick. If you worship at the techno temple, this is one of the most important parties for you, with an absolutely mammoth line up in the form of Europe's finest titans. I can hear that punishing kick drum now.  

ADE: All Gone Pete Tong at AIR with Pete Tong, Damian Lazarus, Shaun Reeves, Ryan Crosson, Justin Martin, Eats Everything. Pete Tong does what he does best as the UK's tastemaker, selecting some choice cuts in the form of Damian Lazarus, Shaun, Ryan and Justin Martin and the newly wedded Eats Everything (congratulations!). 

Colors – Amsterdam Dance Event Special at Trouw with Maya Jane Coles, Jackmaster, Ben UFO and Pearson Audio.  You can't go to a dance event or a festival and not see Maya Jane Coles, it's a sacrilage. Joining her at this event is Numbers' Jackmaster, the lovely Ben UFO and Pearson Audio and with a line up like that, who needs anyone else? 


ADE Mn2s 2012 presents: David Morales, Frankie Knuckles, Hector Romero, DJ Meme at Sugar Factory with David Morales, Frankie Knuckles , Hector Romero, DJ Meme.  Celebrating 25 years of Def Mix is a pretty big deal, Frankie told us just what Def Mix means to him, in preparation for this stomper of a party hosted by MN2S. 

'DefMix means everything to me. It's home. It's the one place that's nurtured my dreams and brought them to reality. It's the longest position I've ever held in my life. But it's more than a job. It's where my family resides. It's where creativity blossoms. It's 'Where Love Lives'.' - Frankie Knuckles

Defected in the House at AIR  with Tensnake, Sandy Rivera, Noir, Flashmob, Hot Since 82, NiCe7, Anna Wall and many more. Instead of us wittering on about the rather immense line up we got hot shot young gun Defected princess Anna Wall to tell us a little about the party:  

"The line-up sums up the vibe of Defected at the moment perfectly - for example we've got a new Tensnake record coming in November, and Flashmob have just finished their next release for us - I think the party will be a great indicator of whats to come! It's also my first time at ADE, and what an honour to have the opportunity to play at AIR, I'm excited" - Anna Wall 

ADE Awakenings: Richie Hawtin presents Enter at Gashouder with Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, Loco Dice and Matador (live). Richie continues his Enter world domination in Amsterdam, with legendary Loco on the bill (we haven't been informed as to how much Sake he's importing yet). 


Listen to Frankie Knuckles on Pulse Radio.