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After an early night on Saturday (bed at 3am), we were back in party mode for Sunday and back at Eden, hoping for a better night than we’d had on Friday (see below). A somewhat curious line-up, with what was, for us, the unknown quantity of Showtek on the bill with Sied van Riel, Ferry Corsten himself and my favourite DJ, Fadi from Aly & Fila.

We arrived just as Sied van Riel was finishing his set, with Aly & Fila feat. Jwaydan – We Control The Sunlight. The club was a bit fuller than it had been on Friday, but was a very long way from being packed. We’d been able to acquire wristbands giving entry before 1.30am for free and this had tempted us in at 1.20am, rather than forking out €35 each and arrive at 3.00am, as we’d originally intended.

So now we were set for 90 minutes from Showtek. The two Dutch brothers are not known for playing trance in any of its varieties, and I thought they were a hard dance act. I knew they’d worked with Tiësto on the Allure album, Kiss From The Past, but had no idea whether they would play music in that style or not (they didn’t). My knowledge of musical genres is not good enough to tell you what style they were playing, but it did nothing for me and I could only reflect that it least it wasn’t as horrible as Danny Howard and Judge Jules had been on Friday. Curiously, while one brother did all the DJ’ing, the other just stood around, occasionally fist-pumping the air, or grabbing the mic for a bit of ad-lib MC’ing.

For their last 15 minutes behind the decks they were joined by Ferry Corsten – the way the Full On concept works is that Ferry plays back to back with the DJ who precedes him and then after his own set, back-to-back with the DJ who follows him. But with only 15 minutes allowed for these overlaps, you don’t get much time to assess how well they feed off each other. I’d say it’s a gimmick that doesn’t really work.

Ferry started with the type of trousey tunes that he’s been playing lately, but was soon playing a set full of his classics. We heard Rock Your Body Rock, Punk, a mash-up of Cosmic Gate’s cover of Jurgen Vries – The Theme and System F – Out Of The Blue, Veracoccha – Carte Blanche, Gouryella – Gouryella and Ferry Corsten & Markus Schulz – Loops N Tings. We also heard one of my favourite Markus Schulz tracks – The New World.

The set just got better and better and I thought it was easily the best I’d seen from him since he played at Home nightclub in Sydney in January 2009. But I was most excited about the imminent arrival of Fadi – Aly & Fila. And what a way to open, with Binary Finary – 1998. And as usual, Fadi wowed and delighted me with his choice of tunes: Push – Universal Nation, Aly & Fila feat. Susana – Without You, Matt Bowdidge – Still By Your Side, Aly & Fila feat. Sue McLaren – Mysteries Unfold, Chakra – Home (Above & Beyond Remix) and Adam Ellis – Napalm Poet. Brilliantly mixed, he took us on the perfect trance journey and, as always, I didn’t want it to end. But I was consoled by the fact that we would be seeing Fadi again the next day, on the Driftwood boat party.

Overall it was a night in two parts – the early part, with Showtek and the beginning of Ferry Corsten’s set was pretty mediocre and only felt even that good by comparison with the horrors of Friday. But the second part, from when Ferry started getting trancey, to the close of Aly & Fila, was simply brilliant. My only reservation was that I found the sound system too bass heavy, which tended to obscure the midrange and thus dulled the melodies a little.

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