Visitor numbers to the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) 2011-2019

The Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is a music conference on workshops and tech demos as well as a festival focused on dance music. It is held every year in Amsterdam around October and is one of the largest events in the city as well as the largest conference for electronic music festival in the world. The number of visitors to the dance event increased steadily from 2014 onwards. In 2014, 350,000 people visited ADE, whereas by 2018 and 2019 this amounted to 400,000 visitors. A similar development was observed with another major event in the capital city of the Netherlands: Pride Amsterdam. Apart from a slight decrease in 2017, the number of event visitors increased year-by-year between 2011 and 2017 and reached the highest visitor volume in 2016 with 685,000 visitors.

Expenditure and volume of festival visitors

The total number of festival visits in the Netherlands increased annually between 2013 and 2016. In 2013, 21,5 million festival visits were registered, whereas by 2016 this had increased to 26.7 million visitors. As of 2017, this decreased slightly by 100,000 visitors. The expenditure by the festival visitors in the Netherlands amounted to 929 million euros in 2017, an increase compared to the previous year and the highest festival expenditure reached between 2013 and 2017.

Increase in music festival visits

The event industry saw the total number of music festival visits increase from 2015 onwards. In 2015, 14.1 million visitors attended music festivals in the Netherlands and by 2017, this increased to approximately 17.5 million music festival visits.

Number of visitors to the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) from 2011 to 2019 (in 1,000s)*

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Release date

October 2019



Survey time period

2011 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* The figures have been taken from several publications. ** The source mentioned it is visited by more than 400,000 visitors

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