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Sunday is not the most obvious day for a club night, but we ventured out to the Rocks to check out a new addition to Sydney’s trance calendar – Orb, at Bar 100. It was a bit of a battle to make our way through the thronging masses out to enjoy the lights of the Vivid festival, but we arrived around 7pm to the strains of Delerium – Silence, which certainly set the tone for the evening.

The venue itself is really nice – stone walls, a very high ceiling and plenty of space to dance – and the lasers lit up the space above the clubbers to good effect. I wasn’t as impressed with the sound: maybe the acoustics don’t help, but there wasn’t enough bass in the mix and what there was seemed close to distortion at times. But I guess I’ve heard a lot worse and maybe it would be better if there were more people present. As it was, the fact that it was a “school night” was probably one of the reasons why the place was pretty empty for most of the time. It gave us a chance to chat with friends and catch up on the weekend’s events, against a backdrop of good tunes. And on a Sunday evening, that’s probably the right thing to be doing, rather than dancing like you don’t have to get up in the morning.

DJ JoJo and DJ Ange played a catalogue of well known trance tunes: Armin van Buuren – Shivers, Ascension – Someone, Lange vs. Gareth Emery – This Is All Out (strangely they both played this mash up of This Is New York and Let It All Out), Gareth Emery – Concrete Angel. We also got a large helping of Oceanlab from Ange – On A Good Day (happily not the mash-up with Metropolis), Lonely Girl (Gareth Emery Remix) and Sirens Of The Sea. Ange also dropped Jaytech – Stranger, Andain – Promises, Ferry Corsten – Live Forever and Not Coming Down and Dash Berlin – Man On The Run.

Because it was Sunday, we had to leave around 10:15pm or risk being turned into pumpkins by Sydney’s dreadful public transport. I left with the feeling that Orb has some potential, particularly with the nice venue, but that it may have to do more to pull in the punters on a Sunday evening, especially in the cooler months. The next instalment is at the end of July and we’ll be in Europe then, so I will have to rely on others to let me know how it goes.

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