Underworld to give keynote speech at ADE Followed by live show at Rijksmuseum

Underworld to give keynote speech at ADE Followed by live show at Rijksmuseum
Matt Bolton

Underworld are a true one-off – at home headlining the world’s biggest festivals and events, playing underground techno clubs and warehouses, sound-tracking theatre productions or taking over art galleries, disused shoe shops and Japanese department stores. This year at ADE, the duo talk through their career – both as artists and performers – in a festival keynote presentation:

The World of Underworld

Process and Co-Production

In this talk, Rick Smith and Karl Hyde – collectively Underworld – explore the importance and power of partnership and co-production in the development and presentation of ambitious and exciting projects and events both grand and intimate in the 21st century.

Underworld’s two and a half decade long journey has cemented their reputation as one of the most influential bands to emerge from the electronic music scene. At ADE, Smith and Hyde will talk through key points of their career in a conversation with Robin Turner (Heavenly Social/Caught by the River) that will focus on managing creativity and co-production through the world of music and areas far beyond. One of Underworld’s closest partners – tomato’s Simon Taylor – will provide a visual backdrop to the discussion that will include previously unseen images and footage from the band’s meticulously kept archives.

Having cemented their place in the ’90s underground techno scene, the group’s definitive breakthrough came in 1996 when their timeless anthem ‘Born Slippy (Nuxx)’ became the soundtrack of a generation after it was featured in the film Trainspotting. The success of that single catapulted the band from the underground into the heart of the mainstream. The following two decades saw them build on that success while never compromising; selling millions of albums, performing countless sold-out shows, providing scores to productions by Academy Award winning directors Anthony Minghella and Danny Boyle, exhibiting in galleries, and sound-tracking the Opening Ceremony to the London 2012 Olympic Games. The critical and commercial success of the band’s Grammy nominated 2016 album ‘Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future’ saw them headline stages at Coachella, Glastonbury and Summer Sonic.

Following the talk, Underworld will play a unique gig for ADE at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum on 20th October, in a rare opportunity to see the group’s peerless live show up close as the space is transformed into an intimate club venue

Underworld keynote at ADE

DeLaMar theatre (room D4), Marnixstraat 402, 1017 PL Amsterdam, Netherlands
Wednesday 18th October 2017, 2pm. 
The event is accessible for ADE pass and ADE conference pass holders

Audio Obscura x Rijksmuseum present: Underworld (Live)

Rijksmuseum Bicycle Passage, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Friday 20th October 2017, 7pm – 11pm

The event is free of charge, and capacity is strictly limited. Subscription is possible by registering as a group of 2 to 4 people. To register for tickets, underworld.audio-obscura.com

The list will close on 17th October at 11.59PM. The final attendees will be chosen and notified on 18th October at 4pm.

This event is powered by Heineken and KPN.

More info on Underworld here: www.underworldlive.com

More info on the Rijksmuseum here: www.rijksmuseum.nl

More info on Audio Obscura here: audio-obscura.com

The Amsterdam Dance Event takes place from the 18th to 22nd of October, 2017.


About ADE

Since its inception in 1996, the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) has evolved into the leading business conference and festival of the global electronic music scene. It is the place to be and spot the latest developments: from musical trends and upcoming talents to the most recent output of dance’s pioneers and superstars.



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