Opening and closing: James Holden looks like a shopkeeper this ADE at Border Community Night in the Melkweg. At ten o’clock he is ready to kick the party off at the Melkweg, and from three till five he was also closing up shop. In the meanwhile his technofriends Kate Wax, Luke Abbott and Avus past the revue. Kate and Luke even did this live, what they did in a way that can only happen at ADE. With the power and energy of the packed up Melkweg, they brought the night to a climax.
It’s no wonder that with a sold out festival, the place is going to be packed. But for Melkweg standards, tonight was busy. Only for a quick smoke in the cold people dared to go outside, but leaving was on nobody’s mind. Next to techno and minimal all four of the dj’s were experimenting. They’ve tried different stuff, other changes and out of tune beats that we normally aren’t used off with the Border Community-label.
But the vibe was good in the Melkweg. Young people enjoying some nice techno always has a good venue in The Max. Even though bumping in to one another was more rule than exception, the very lot of them stayed friendly, enjoyable and tolerant. It’s the vibe that Melkweg has and a Border Community Night during ADE only makes that vibe stronger and stronger.
With a line-up that includes names like Ferry Corsten, Cosmic Gate and Marco V, you know there’s going to be classics. Synergy takes hold of the Passengers Terminal Amsterdam. Big names are a guarantee for great bangers and to start off with a famous one; Josh Gabriel got the crowd around midnight going with ‘When the rush comes’. The people inside the poorly decorated Passengers Terminal Amsterdam where part of the older house-generation. Not like they were having a social gathering, but even when dj’s like Jean and Quintin climb aboard the boot the crowd doesn’t go as wild as expected.
Although the sound in the terminal was all good, it didn’t capture the right feeling, sense or mood. It sounded a bit flat, a pity considering some of the most famous names in house history were present. The Madhouse area was a well deserved private space for these ‘mad’ gentleman, thinking about what they have done for house history.
It took the crowd a while to get into the mood, just as it took the bar a while to get a bit busier. Nothing wrong with a bit of dancing space, but just like at the bar it looked like you were alone in a very big hall. Considering that the building isn’t ideal for a big houseparty, again and again there are successful and splendid parties in the PTA. This edition of Synergy isn’t an exception. And afterwards, off to the ship.
Maybe it’s not the first country you think about when considering to book a techno or minimal dj, but Turkey has got a lot to offer. The proof of this was delivered in Canvas, during the Elevator Passion & Phat Elephant present ADE Special. A handful of ‘Turkish Delight’ from the technoscene performed they’re best in the small venue.
Canvas always feels like home, no matter what the performance. But the small details, like a visual artist, a make-up and styling boot and a home photographer make this feeling real. They need nothing more but a few friendly faces at the wardrobe, security and behind the bar – next to the cozy carpet on the floor – and they’re done. The pumping beats there Turkish guest delivered was all that did the trick.
Next to Alican Yuksel, who kicked off the evening, there were DJ Yakuza, Cenk Unis, Murat Unguolu and the last but not least BeeGee. All of them made the small crowd of max 200 people want to feel home and stay home, but not really go home. The view may not be as good as from the late 11, but Canvas of the 7th proofed was again that when receiving guests, you should make them feel home on the roof of Amsterdam.