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Here are six reasons to get yourself over to ADE this year

Saudi Arabia will be marking its presence at the ADE panel Producer and DJ Omar Basaad will be the first Saudi to be a part of ADE. He will be participating in a panel discussion. A gripe fest! Big names go in deep on the most annoying, pointless, aggravating, problematic or even hateful aspects of dance music culture. And there’s audience participation in the form of a dead letterbox where people can anonymously submit their pet hates before the session... these will be pulled out of the box and become part of the discussion.

Meet lots of faces (new and old)

With such a huge number of international delegates flying in from every corner of the globe, there are so many opportunities to meet people face to face. Finally you can put an actual face to the name you’ve been emailing for the last year, or maybe you’ll bump into a mutual acquaintance who becomes your next business partner. As well as the dizzying number of formal meetings that are organised every year, there are just as many, if not more, meet-ups that happen completely by accident - on the street outside the Dylan, in cafes and coffee shops, on the dance floor or backstage. If you go home with less than 10 business cards you’ve done something wrong.

Discover new artists

The travel to Amsterdam in the hope of pushing their careers forward, getting management or a booking agent, finding a label to sign their music or a gig to showcase their talent. This means there’s a good chance you’ll discover someone you’ve never heard of at ADE, simply because there are so many musicians trying to break through. Label showcases, debuts for newcomers at some of the bigger parties, impromptu street performances or in-store shows, it’s all happening - you just have to keep your ear to the ground. From David Guetta to Like Mike, Matt Sassari to Truncate, Mall Grab to I Hate Models, there are thousands of artists playing all over town, new and old. A good place to start is the ADE University, where wannabe artists are encouraged to attend workshops, talks, networking events and panel discussions aimed at helping them to become industry professionals.

Trial the latest technology

Every year the industry’s technology giants fly in to Amsterdam to present the music industry with their latest developments. Ableton, Pioneer, Native Instruments and many other hardware manufacturers see ADE as the perfect platform to deliver brand new concepts and innovations to delegates. At ADE Sound Lab you’ll find a smorgasboard of studio gear and equipment designed for those who have a penchant for live performance. Contemporary artists such as Bonobo and Joseph Capriati will be giving talks, alongside the legendary Orbital, whose new album is due for release this year. There are also plenty of opportunities to hear experienced producers discuss their creative process and masterclasses where you can witness live demonstrations of how they operate.

Absorb a ton of new info

Knowledge is power, as they say, and one thing you can be sure of at ADE is that you will learn at least a couple of new things that may well help you to get further with your business endeavours. Attending the conference will give you lots and lots of insight into how the industry works, opinions from a wide range of luminaries from all different aspects of the business and a ton of information comes forth during these crucial discussions. Whether it’s feminism and misogyny, the inner workings of a manager’s life, mental health, intimate one-to-one Q&As with dance music legends or panels that focus on how to get your foot in the door, ADE’s conference is a prime source of knowledge for many many industry heads. Speakers already announced include Alex Boateng, head of the Urban Division at Island Records, Bruce Carbone who was A&R at Def Jam and Shanti Das, who will be speaking about mental health and her campaign ‘Silencing The Shame’.

Party with progressive people

The Netherlands is one of the most forward-thinking and relaxed nations on Earth. Progressive policies on drugs, sex education, sports, creativity and wellbeing have helped shape their society into one that is open, inclusive and a lot more mature (in the best sense of the word) than many of their European cousins. That means the rave experience is just as open and inclusive, giving you the chance to experience unparalleled dance floor energy. From Shelter with its distinct booking policy, amazing sound system and underground vibe, to the likes of Paradiso, Melkweg, Air and the stupendous warehouse at NDSM, you cannot fail to find somewhere that will blow your mind - clubs where you can make friends with other ravers, where security treat you with respect and where you don’t feel as though you’re under surveillance the whole time. Expect to see legends like Paul Oakenfold, Dave Clarke, Luke Slater and Laurent Garnier, along with modern-day heroes Maya Jane Coles, Helena Hauff, Rebekah, Tale Of Us and many many more.

The Amsterdam Dance Event takes place from the 17th to 21st of October, 2018.

ROHM OPENS THE NEW 2018-19 SEASON WITH Plácido Domingo

Season 2018-19 at the Royal Opera House Muscat opens with one of the greatest opera stars of the modern era, Plácido Domingo in a wonderfully entertaining evening of popular Spanish operetta-like musical plays called zarzuelas. Plácido spent his youth enthusiastically working in his parents’ zarzuela company and his love for this quintessentially Spanish art form with its compelling fusion of music, prose and dance remains close to his heart.

Specially fashioned for the Royal Opera Muscat, Plácido Domingo’s Gala Zarzuela features the dance that everyone loves - flamenco! Fiercely proud, high-impact performers from one of the finest flamenco companies in Spain, Compañía Antonio Gades, will thrill the audience with their spectacular dramatic artistry. As the leading star in the programme, Plácido Domingo will sing romanzas as well as duets and trios with Grammy-Award-winning soprano, Ana Maria Martinez and tenor Arturo Chacón Cruz, winner of the 2005 Operalia competition. The music is played by the orchestra of the renowned Fondazione Arena di Verona under the baton of Spanish conductor, Jordi Bernàcer.

ROHM presents Plácido Domingo’s fabulous Gala Zarzuela on Thursday, September 6th and Saturday the 8th at 7:00 pm. For further information and booking consult the ROHM website: www.rohmuscat.org.om

Salman Khan took to Twitter to unveil Atif Aslam’s new song from the film Loveratri starring his brother-in-law Aayush Sharma and Warina Hussain.

Salman wrote: "Yeh lo, aa gaya... #Loveratri ka naya gaana... very romantic! #TeraHua! I toh loved it!” The video has already garnered around 15 million views on YouTube.

Amitabh Bachchan Returns with 10th Season of Kaun Banega Crorepati

Sony Entertainment Television Asia (SET Asia), is set to telecast the 10th season of Kaun Banega Crorepati from Monday, September 3, 2018. The show will air from Monday to Friday at 9 pm and will have a 60-episode run as opposed to last year's 52 episodes.As Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan is gearing up for the new season of the iconic television game show "Kaun Banega Crorepati" (KBC), which has clocked 18 years, he says it has given him the opportunity to connect with common people closely and so, the journey has been very rewarding.

Paul McCartney Announces 2019 Tour

Ahead of his new album Egypt Station, Paul McCartney has announced the Freshen Up U.S. Tour 2019. The trek includes a string of dates that kick off on May 27 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Along with the U.S. tour, he’s set to play dates in Canada and will be hitting cities across Europe until December.


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