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Digital Therapy returned after a short break with its biggest line-up to date with three international DJs to celebrate Komplex Sounds (KSX)’s second birthday. There’s no doubting how much I was looking forward to this event as Digital Therapy is always a fun night and the Civic Underground my favourite nightclub in Sydney. What’s more, I’d never heard any of the three internationals spin before, so there was an added sense of newness to the night in prospect.

We arrived around 10:30pm and the club was in full swing – busy at the bar and on the dancefloor as Big J and Rossco were playing back to back. Before long, Thomas Datt had taken over and he proceeded to play a wonderful set, with many of his own tunes and remixes including classics such as Solarstone – Seven Cities and Oakenfold – Southern Sun. It was a perfect mix of melodic, progressive and uplifting trance. And the brilliant Civic Underground sound system was the ideal delivery mechanism for this music.

Next up was Photographer, who shot to fame last year with the release of Airport, which was championed by so many big name trance DJs. I wasn’t too sure what to expect and, after the brilliance of Datt, I think I was slightly disappointed. The tracks themselves, including Binary Finary – 1998 (James Dymond Remix) were fine, but Photographer didn’t seem to have his mojo working – too often he cut the music, as if to get a reaction from the crowd, which never materialised: in fact people were just left a bit puzzled. He also finished a little earlier than planned, having not played his big tune.

But that didn’t matter as Liam Wilson took up the reins and was quickly into 140 mode and bringing the energy level in the room to a peak. With some dazzling effects and great tunes, such as The Thrillseekers – Synaethesia, Tiësto – Flight 643 and John O’Callaghan & Betsie Larkin – Save This Moment, he kept the dancefloor packed and the whole club buzzing. And among the enthusiastic dancers was none other than Thomas Datt, who was clearly enjoying the night as much as anyone else there!

There’s always a wonderfully intimate feel to Digital Therapy nights. Ever since it moved from Home’s Wolf Bar, it has got better and better, with well constructed line-ups and a friendly, welcoming vibe. With a good lights and lasers show to accompany the great music on the Civic’s awesome sound system and a full club creating a fantastic atmosphere, this was yet another triumph for Digital Therapy. It will be back next month (although at One22, not the Civic) with Mark Leanings, Binary Finary and Matt Bowdidge on the line-up and another great night is surely guaranteed.

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