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Part one of the weekend’s double-header was Digital Therapy’s regular first Friday of the month slot – headlined by Italian producer 7 Skies. This time around the night had been moved upstairs from One22 to the same building’s ground floor level, called the Vault. Similar in size to the underground bar, but with high ceilings and an outside space, it had a nice feel to it, although I think the acoustics are better downstairs (and there aren’t enough toilets in the upstairs room).

We arrived just too late to catch Adam Byrne‘s set, but I noticed that the place was already reasonably busy, considering the early hour. Zac Slade was warming things up nicely with tunes such as: Armin Van Buuren & Markus Schulz – The Expedition; Fisherman and Hawkins – Nightshift; and Markus Schulz feat. Ana Diaz – Nothing Without Me (Beat Service Remix).

After Zac, T-Bird wowed us all with a fantastic set that really got the crowd buzzing. By this time, the place was really filling up – with lots of familiar faces from the local trance scene, but also plenty of people I didn’t recognise (a good sign that Digital Therapy is attracting new clubbers). I really enjoyed T-Bird’s set as she dropped many great tunes: Above & Beyond & Andy Moor – Air For Life; Markus Schulz feat. Seri – Love Rain Down, Susana – Home. Everyone I spoke to said how much they enjoyed T-Bird’s set and it was the perfect build-up for the night’s main act.

7 Skies played a heavily Anjunabeats-influenced set. While I’m not a massive fan of the direction that this label has taken in the last few years, it was a superbly put together set that avoided being too cheesy and was deliciously melodic. And everyone was lapping it up – there was a really great vibe in the room. We heard Audien – Wayfarer, Above & Beyond – Thing Called Love and On My Way To Heaven, Cosmic Gate – Back To Earth, Kyau & Albert – Megashira. And before he brought his set to a close with his own tunes – Sushi and Caffeine – he delighted me and several others by dropping Super8 & Tab – Elektra … what a great tune!

7 Skies was a tough act to follow, but Big J stepped up to the task and, in a short 30 minute set, kept things going brilliantly with tunes including Ben Gold – Fall With Me, Gareth Emery – Tokyo, Armin van Buuren – In And Out Of Love and Markus Schulz feat. Ana Diaz – Nothing Without Me. And he closed with one of my all time favourites: Luminary – Amsterdam.

We had to dash off to catch our bus home, so we missed Pablo Anon‘s set, which drew the night to a close. Overall this was, to my mind, the best Digital Therapy night so far. Probably the busiest they’ve been and certainly the best vibe, nights like this are exactly what clubbing should be like. They’ve gone from strength to strength since leaving the Wolf Bar at Home nightclub behind and I’m really looking forward to next month’s episode.

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