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It’s been nearly a year since our last trip to the Gallery at Ministry Of Sound and tonight’s line-up made another visit irresistible. A first chance to hear Omnia and Max Graham and a fourth time seeing KhoMha in as many months. But most of all, the first time we’d see Jorn van Deynhoven since that magical afternoon in Sydney in May 2012.

I didn’t enjoy Omnia‘s set. I’m not really into the kind of electro-house style of trance that he plays, although he does have some good tunes, like The Fusion and Infina. However it was more the way his set seemed to jump all over the place with no sense of progression from one track to the next that put me off. Mixing and mashing up tracks like Ferry Corsten – Rock Your Body and Gareth Emery – Meet Her In Miami and I really couldn’t get into it.

We didn’t catch much of Tenishia or Max Graham‘s sets as we were busy chatting and relaxing in the bar. We did hear Tenishia drop Armin van Buuren – This Is What It Feels Like, so I figured I hadn’t really missed much. But now it was time for Jorn van Deynhoven.

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We were very fortunate to be present last May when Jorn van Deynhoven played a five and a half hour set in Sydney – he’d been booked for two hours, but just kept on and on spinning possibly the best trance set I’ve ever heard. Tonight he only had one hour, so there was no way he could live up to the magic of that afternoon at Nevermind. But he was fantastic anyway for the 60 minutes he’d been given on the Ministry’s decks. Dropping tunes like his own Headliner, his remix of RAM – Ramsterdam, Chakra – Love Shines Through and Lange –  Follow Me, he gave us a brief glimpse of his genius and we couldn’t leave the dance floor.

It was now pretty late – 5am – but there was still time to enjoy KhoMha’s set. There wasn’t the same energy in the venue as there had been in Sydney’s Civic Underground recently (see previous blog) when he was the main attraction. Nevertheless he delivered the perfect end to the night with a set including Rank 1 – L.E.D. There Be Light, Cosmic Gate –  Fire Wire and IIO – Rapture mixed in with his own tunes such as Mind Gamer and The Dark Knight and plenty of other Coldharbour-style tracks.

It all made for a great night out, although the fact that all the DJs only had an hour each meant that it wasn’t particularly memorable for the music, even though I really enjoyed the last two hours. Reacquainting ourselves with the Ministry Of Sound and the amazing sound system they have as well as catching up with friends were the other ingredients that made it another great night at the Gallery.

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