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Amsterdam Dance Event kicks off today: Our five top picks

The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) kicks off today, turning The Netherlands’ capital city into the world’s epicentre for dance music over the next five days. The black and gold ADE logo is visible everywhere as DJs, producers, promoters, media and fans from around the world descend upon the city to talk over the hot button issues affecting EDM in 2013 and, naturally, to go to some massive parties.

The festival itself has over 300 one-off events at 75 venues, while the conference has over 150 sessions thrashing out everything from ‘Is streaming good for dance music?’ to ‘The Art of Songwriting in EDM’ and Q&As with everyone from Tiesto to Richie Hawtin. And then there’s the subsidiary events like public art exhibitions, film screenings, beat-mixing workshops and technology forum ADE Tech. With so much to choose from, we randomly picked five awesome events that you should definitely check out if you’re there.

PHOTO EXHIBITION: Holland op zijn Hardst!

A photographic homage to the people, fashion and parties of Dutch gabber, in the gallery at massive venue Melkweg.

PARTY: Awakening at Gashouder

Amsterdam’s monumental gasworks complex turned party venue Gashouder is hosting five huge parties over the next five days of which three are already sold out, but you can still get tickets to tonight’s event with Carl Craig, Luciano, Stacey Pullen, Nic Fanciulli and more.

EAT: Sneak’s DJ Cook-Off

Original house gangster DJ Sneak is famous for his Twitter beef, and now he’s about to become famous for his char-grilled beef. He’ll be taking on Ali Tiefschwarz, Tom Trago, Miss Nine and fellow food-lover Seth Troxler in ADE’s annual Iron Chef style DJ cook-off.

DISCUSS: The Future is Here Already with Shelly Finkel

American events company SFX recently made huge inroads into the EDM world, spending more than US$1 billion in an acquisitions spree that included Dutch pioneers ID&T, Totem Onelove (producers of Australia’s Stereosonic) and Beatport. So this Q&A with the company’s head of acquisitions, Shelly Finkel, ought to be fascinating for anyone interested in the financial future of dance music.

SWOON: D.I.S.C.O. How Deep Are Your Roots?

Giorgio Moroder and Nile Rodgers have never met, but the two titans of dance music will finally come together on the ‘D.I.S.C.O. How Deep Are Your Roots?’ panel, with seminal Manchester DJ Greg Wilson also on the panel and super-dude Tommie Sunshine moderating. We expect the world to explode into one giant soul train dance when the pair finally meet.

Feeling ready for a trip to Amsterdam? Then make sure you check out our inthemix Guide to Amsterdam and our tips for five hidden Amsterdam hotspots.

Can’t quite afford the ticket to Amsterdam right now, but still keen to find out more about what’s happening in the world of dance music? There are still tickets available for Electronic Music Conference (EMC), happening in Sydney on December 2 and 4 with guests like Armin van Buuren, Tommie Sunshine, Ferry Corsten, Gary Richards of HARD Events, Matthew Adell of Beatport, Krewella and 60 other industry speakers.