We only made the decision to go to Trance Central 3 at the last minute. It had been on our radar for a few weeks and I was pretty keen to give it a whirl, having missed the first two events under this banner. However, after a boozy afternoon by the harbour in Manly, the temptation to stay home on a cold night was strong. But we overcame the lure of a cosy night in and set off to the Oxford Art Factory in Oxford Street.  And I am so glad we did, because it was one of the best nights out in Sydney for some time.

The venue was new to me, but I liked it. Another smallish underground space of the kind that Sydney seems to do well. I thought the sound was a bit variable – in places it was very muddy, but in others it was just fine – so no real complaints on that score. There was a good crowd in – a few friends, but also a lot of unfamiliar faces … the promoters must be tapping into a different pool of clubbers than some of the others on the Sydney trance scene. As always with a true trance crowd, the vibe was great and everyone was really friendly.

Before discussing the music, I must mention the lasers – operated by Man Lie and Terry Harvey. They put on a spectacular show to accompany the music – really enhancing the experience. Check out the video below to get an idea of how awesome it was.

Turning to the music, all the DJs were fantastic. There was nothing even remotely resembling “trouse” or “trance 2.0” and all the tunes were from the golden era of trance. I can’t be sure, but I expect there was nothing played that came out after 2005. Jumping Jack, Andrew James, Binary Finary and John Ferris all played awesome sets. But my highlight was DJ Ange’s set – great tune after great tune and lots of hands in the air! We’d planned to leave early (at 1am) but couldn’t drag ourselves away until about ten past three and even then it was a real wrench. That meant we missed Nik Fish and Toby Matrix (the running order was changed from the flyer above), which is a pity because I’m sure they would have continued the high quality of everything about the night.

As I said, lots of fantastic music – here’s a selection of tunes I noted down; Andy Moor & Adam White Pres. Whiteroom ‎– The Whiteroom, Ridgewalkers feat. El – Find, Ernesto vs. Bastian – Dark Side Of The Moon, Ferry Corsten – Punk, Tiësto – Flight 643, Jurgen Vries – The Theme, Rui da Silva feat. Cassandra Fox – Touch Me, Filo & Peri – Anthem, Tiësto – Lethal Industry, PPK – Resurrection, Armin van Buuren – Shivers, Paul van Dyk – We Are One (Giuseppe Ottaviani Remix), Sean Tyas – Lift, Three Drives On A Vinyl – Greece 2000, Cosmic Gate – Fire Wire, Binary Finary – 1999 (Gouryella Remix), BBE – Seven Days And One Week, Armin van Buuren – Communication.

This was a brilliant night – massive props to the promoters for putting it on.  I’m really looking forward to Trance Central 4 now and kicking myself for missing out on the first two.