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With[masked] visitors this year, ADE is the world's largest festival devoted to electronic dance music culture. Across a range of genres, the line-ups are stellar and it's also an amazing international vibe. I was only there for a couple of days this year but I was impressed enough to want to go back and do it properly. So this is advance notice. It may seem a long way off but it pays to be organized in advance. I am certainly not the world's expert on it but for what it's worth here is my advice; I'm sure you can find plenty more on line. ACCOMMODATION Amsterdam is not cheap at the best of times and ADE boosts the city's population by about 50%. This puts a tremendous strain on accommodation prices and encourages profiteering. It makes a lot of sense to do your research and book as early as possible, even if with the option to cancel or transfer the reservation later. The most budget friendly options are the hostels BUT given the punishing party schedule they are also the least likely to afford you a good night's (or day's) sleep. Staying a bit out of town is also an option that may save some money in exchange for the hassle of taking a train (which isn't hard, but they don't run all night). If you join this event I will create the WhatsApp group already and all can be discussed there. PARTIES I don't know when they publish the list of parties but my impression is that events are added to (and sometimes removed from) the list right up until almost the last moment. The most popular may sell out quickly, but others - also of very high quality - may not. Because many people buy tickets for multiple simultaneous events, there is also a strong secondary market on Ticketswap. You can save some money by planning into your schedule some slots where you will just go with these parties and picking up a ticket last minute for almost nothing. If you know the party will sell out you can of course always expect to recover the ticket price if you ultimately decide not to go as new things come up or new friends propose to you other alternatives. Getting a resale ticket to those parties may be a considerable challenge (unless you know how to hack Ticketswap to your advantage). Given the consistently high quality of the line-ups, also the venue may be a criterion in choosing between parties. There are also free parties and pop-up events around town. There is a general pass but it is expensive and I think for most people unlikely to be worth it (even if you stay for the whole event which is of course not an obligation), also because it does not guarantee entrance to all of the parties but is still subject to a quota system for the most popular ones. We can discuss our favorite parties below or on WhatsApp. MEETING UP Because of the large number of parties going on simultaneously, chances are that we will often find ourselves at different parties. However, I am also in touch with other Meetup groups which attend the event which increases the likelihood of finding party partners - that worked well this time. I also found it quite easy to make contact with people at the parties themselves, probably because a lot of people are there from out of town and looking to have a good time just like you are. Finally there are various WhatsApp groups and other channels devoted to helping people find each other. Even if we end up not spending much time in each other's company at the event, I'm sure we'll enjoy reminiscing afterwards! Of course if we do manage to all agree on some of the same events then so much the better. Also it's a great chance to invite your own friends from other countries who you don't see so often for a reunion. So... sign up now (here on Meetup which is obviously not an irrevocable commitment) and let's give this project some momentum!