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AUDIO OBSCURA

Audio Obscura is a platform, a movement, a wave, born out of love for cutting-edge underground dance music. Known principally for its one-of-a-kind parties at iconic locations, the multi-faceted Dutch institution aims to bind the legends of old with tomorrow’s innovators, across the disciplines of electronic music, high-tech art and culture.

Audio Obscura has hosted a myriad of esteemed and unforgettable events in a range of historic venues, like Amsterdam’s train station, the Rijksmuseum, the majestic Concertgebouw, and the titanic Gashouder – where they hosted SKALAR, the month-long kinetic light-art exhibition. These and other endeavours have granted them an acclaimed reputation in the world of electronic music and modern art. Today, Audio Obscura has grown into one of the most sought-after destinations for leading DJs to play, and for partygoers, both young and old, to dance both in the late and more unconventional hours.

MOMENTS

2020

Audio Obscura x SKALAR w/ Peggy Gou @ Gashouder

In the final week, we sealed the program with a special club night headlined by today’s leading lady of electronic music, Peggy Gou, with the kinetic spectacle occurring in full force while she played.

2020

SKALAR exhibition and live show

2020 was the year in which we brought SKALAR to the Gashouder in Amsterdam. The stunning audio-visual kinetic art installation by Berlin-based light artist Christopher Bauder and musician Kangding Ray. The installation is a cutting-edge blend of kinetic mirrors, perfectly synchronised moving lights, and intense sonic soundscapes. For a full month, we organised, co-hosted, and promoted SKALAR’s nightly live shows and daytime exhibitions.

2019

Audio Obscura at The Loft - ADE 2019

2019 was also the year in which Audio Obscura orchestrated a record number of magical sunrise & sunset shows at The Loft, the exclusive space on the 16th floor of the A’DAM Tower. Just a few of the names included Sven Väth, Tale Of Us, Adriatique, Maceo Plex, Denis Sulta as well as showcases by Giegling and Keinemusik.

2019

Audio Obscura x Adriatique at Muziekgebouw - ADE 2019

Adriatique, the renowned twosome hailing from Switzerland, has been close to Audio Obscura for a while now. In 2019, as part of our most ambitious ADE program to date, we hosted the duo’s special ‘X’ label night at the Muziekgebouw, inviting close colleagues in their field of deep techno and boundary-pushing electronica.

2018

Audio Obscura x Charlotte de Witte at Central Station

In 2018 Audio Obscura gets the green light to hold events underneath the train tracks, in the Amsterdam Central Station passage. In our debut year, we invited, among others, the beloved duo Adriatique and an auspicious, Belgium-born Techno talent who is now revered globally: Charlotte de Witte.

2017

Audio Obscura x Underworld at Rijksmuseum

The illustrious hallmark of Dutch art and history, The Rijksmuseum, was one of the highlights of our 2017 ADE program. The year after the promising debut with Maceo Plex in 2016, we headed back to the Rijksmuseum bicycle tunnel for a free-of-charge live show by legendary UK techno formation Underworld.

2016

Audio Obscura x Joris Voorn at Concertgebouw

In 2013, Audio Obscura had the privilege of hosting its first event at the historic Concertgebouw – a venue normally reserved only for orchestras and other acoustic concerts. This debut night was headlined by Sven Väth.

In September of 2016, we returned with Joris Voorn at the helm, who played a six-hour show in the more than 125-year-old Amsterdam edifice.

2013 (First Audio Obscura event)

Audio Obscura x Life and Death & Ellum

The night that started it all: during ADE 2013 we hosted our very first event, for which we allied with Tale Of Us and DJ Tennis’ Life and Death, and Maceo Plex’ then still-infant Ellum imprint. It was to be our first time at the iconic Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, which was to become our ADE home base in the years after.

LOCATIONS

The Loft

For those who know… On the 16th floor of Amsterdam Noord’s iconic A’DAM Tower lies The Loft, an exclusive penthouse with towering windows indulging its patrons in a breathtaking panoramic view across the city. It has become our home base, as we host most of our events here throughout the year, especially the exclusive, intimate sunrise and sunset parties, strictly under the musical guidance of some of electronic music’s greatest.

Rijksmuseum

Gallery of Honour and Bicycle Passage

The illustrious hallmark of Dutch art and history. Home of Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’ and Vermeer’s ‘The Milkmaid’. The middle of the museum houses the iconic bicycle passage, where every day thousands of residents pass through. It was here that we, together with the Rijksmuseum, hosted some of our most talked-about events – including the 2017 live performance by legendary UK innovators Underworld.

Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ

The bank of the IJ river houses one of the most imposing and architecturally cutting-edge structures in Amsterdam: the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ. The expansive concert venue opened its doors in 2005 and holds a large concert hall and two smaller spaces including the Bimhuis. Because of its mission to be home to a wide array of genres and sounds, we were welcomed in 2013 to host our very first event there. Since then, the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ has been an established and beloved destination in Audio Obscura’s yearly ADE program.

Concertgebouw

The majestic Concertgebouw music hall has been a hallmark of Amsterdam culture and architecture. In 1881, prominent ‘Amsterdammers’ decided to gift the city a concert venue that could match those in Vienna and London. The building was finished in 1886 and has been a favourite stop for the Amsterdam public, and classical devotees and orchestras from around the world.

In 2013, our wish to hold an event in this incredible location got the green light, with Sven Väth playing an exclusive set that night. For four consecutive years, we made our return, inviting​ Dixon,​ Joris Voorn & Job Jobse and more of dance music’s greats to play special, extended sets.

Gashouder

Located in Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek gasworks complex, the old industrial building known as the Gashouder has been one of the principal techno halls in The Netherlands. The steel, pillarless dome of 2500 m2 is one of the most monumental locations in Holland’s capital city, and the awesome location for extraordinary events. That’s why it was the perfect fit for the SKALAR exhibition, live shows and club night with Peggy Gou which we co-hosted in February 2020.

Amsterdam Central Station

Throughout the year, ​Central Station​ is a long-stretched passage sprinkled with temporary stores, cafes, and restaurants. It connects the city center to the IJ riverside as it runs straight through Amsterdam’s Central Station. During ADE, a range of events and shops pop up during the daytime. After sunset, the passage is transformed into a dance floor and becomes the home of Audio Obscura. In recent years, our events at Central Station​ ha​ve featured the likes of Motor City Drum Ensemble, Adriatique, Maceo Plex, Charlotte de Witte and Patrick Topping.

Scheepvaartmuseum

During ADE 2018, we had the honour of bringing the Audio Obscura concept to another magnificent Amsterdam heritage site: Het Scheepvaartmuseum. Het Scheepvaartmuseum is the Netherlands’ National Maritime Museum, a stunning monument, built in 1656, to The Netherlands’ Golden Age. The open courtyard was the place where we hosted a sold-out show featuring electronica’s force of nature Stephan Bodzin.

NEXT EVENTS

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