As part of Amsterdam Dance Event, Hard Dance Event is the most important conference for the Hard Dance scene. Freestyle DJs, Hardstyle Producers, managers, label bosses, publishers, interns, videographers, graphic designers and other relevant professionals gather at the Tolhuistuin on the Thursday of ADE every year and exchange business cards, have meetings, hold seminars, masterclasses and more. Do you want to know what to do? Or how to get the most out of it?  Hardstyle Mag has you covered!

1) Looking for partners? Get your business in order

Last chance to update your LinkedIn (yes that’s huge in the Netherlands!), get last-minute business cards printed, update your website, update your ADE profile (this is more useful that you might think!) and write some emails about meetings at HDE!

2) Attend the seminars & panels

The heart, soul and structure of HDE are the seminars & panels. How about a Branding Seminar? No? Then what about learning a bit about Hardcore history? Or current market trends? There’s something for everyone. Check the booklet and pick the ones best suited for you!

3) Bring a lighter and plan for beers

Just like at any conference, the best place to actually meet people is outside or at the bar. The question “Got a lighter?”, has opened more doors in this industry than any other question one might think. The informal atmosphere at HDE (a suit is a no-no here!) is more than a perfect basis for expanding your network.


4) Network!

Oh, so your photographer friend is talking to that event promoter, that you wanted to email since for ever? Why not have a chat with the both of them here at the bar! Finally saw that DJ that you wanted to book a sick show with? He’s there, standing right next to his manager. Oh, what’s your name again? Thank god for the passes!

5) Make the most of it

Next to checking out the picture wall by Gerard Henninger (here’s your chance to get a cool picture for your CV or LinkedIn!) and picking up the usual conference shenanigans such as a flyers, booklets, a few beers, business cards and pens, you should really try to make the most of it. HDE is just once a year and it’s the backstage AAA artist lounge you always wanted to be in – network, connect, get a glimpse of what’s new and check out the trends. Most of all, have fun!


On the 19th of October 2017, the Hard Dance Event takes place in the Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam.

Complete program:
Check out the 2017 Conference program at

Tickets for Hard Dance Event cost €30,- and are available at:

The event is also accessible for ADE Pass & ADE Conference Pass holders, available here:


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