Audio Obscura Pushed The Boundaries With Their Parties at ADE 2019
Amsterdam Dance Event is the mecca of electronic dance music parties in Amsterdam. There is some showcase or party happening at every nook and corner of the city for five days. Spread across all genres, there is something out there for everyone. Because invariably, after all those meetings, you will want to relax and unwind, and in some cases, even rage it out! But of all the events happening in the party capital of Europe, some of the events that really happened to pique our interest were those organised by Amsterdam based event company Audio Obscura. Known for curating unique showcases that are sure to blow your mind, Audio Obscura has always pushed the boundaries by hosting some great parties at some of the most unconventional venues across Amsterdam along with curating some really great line-ups. This year was no different and we were fortunate enough to witness some great showcases!
As always, Audio Obscura took over for multiple showcases scattered across various unique venues in Amsterdam across the 5 days of ADE. From taking over Amsterdam Centraal, The Loft and the brand new Muziekgebouw for a total of 11 varied shows, it had some of the best artists in the scene play from across various genres.
Getting in straight on the parties that caused the most stir, The Loft, that is an intimate venue saw a serpentine line of excited attendees on all days. Kicking off on Friday, October 18th, 2019 at 5:30 am saw a set from industry stalwart Denis Sulta who was joined by Maceo Plex as a surprise guest. Later that day, Australian star HAAi and British artist Daniel Avery took the stage alongside another special guest, DJ Tennis which made for an outstanding listen due to their unique combination of styles and music.
As Saturday, October 19th rolled in, the focus was on some good groovy vibes throughout the day with Giegling taking the stage from 6 am to 1 pm followed by Tale of Us providing an epic sunset set from 3 pm to 11 pm. On Sunday, October 20th, artists with strong house and techno styles made their way to the loft with appearances by the Keinemusik crew featuring Adam Port, &ME, Rampa and Reznik, and final sets by Dutch duo Adriatique and special guest Sven Vath to conclude the amazing Loft parties.
Moving on to the next set of parties that had us swarming at their gates were the showcases at Lil’ Centraal. Thursday October 17 was Audio Obscura’s hook-up with the mighty Motor City Drum Ensemble, who brought the expansive sounds of his record collection alongside hometown hero Young Marco, who has been deservedly exploding in recent years and proved why he was loved so much! On the same night Audio Obscura also tied up with the legendary Joris Voorn for a specially curated night for his label Spectrum. This showcase was hosted in one of our favourite venues this year, Muziekgebouw and saw an epic 6 hour B2B set between Joris Voorn and the amazing Kolsch. The two are known for their amazing on the decks chemistry and yet again enthralled the audience with their B2B set.
Saturday October 19 saw them team up with Patrick Topping and his recently launched Trick record label. The main man was joined by Dublin’s anthem-generating Krystal Klear, electronic eccentric Man Power and techno scientist Spencer Parker. Both parties ran from 10PM to 5AM and featured the world-class sound and lighting that come as standard at Audio Obscura’s parties.
The final set of parties was one at a brand new venue. Saturday,19th October and Sunday, 20th of October saw the promoter take over the stunning riverside venue of the Muziekgebouw. Divided between its four beautiful spaces, the Muziekgebouw supplied the perfect backdrop to host Adriatique’s ‘X’ and Len Faki for an all night long set with some exemplary acts. Both the events were sold out minutes after being announced and went on to live up to the standard expected from Audio Obscura.
Aside from the stellar line-up and unique collaborations, Audio Obscura is well-known for hosting parties around the world specifically at historic venues including national museums and train stations. They specialize in underground electronic music and use their platform to bring popular names to represent at their epic events.This year was quite an eventful one for Audio Obscura as it marked their 10 year anniversary and it saw them go all out with their parties and they have yet again impressed with not only their line-up but with a stellar choice with regard to venues.
As the years pass, we keep seeing them get better and pick better and venues where one can’t even go on to imagine hosting a party. We can’t wait to see them get back next year for a bigger and better program at ADE.
BY Shivani Murthy
NEWS / 5 months