Ever since Menno de Jong played a fantastic set at Sydney’s Fake Club last year, I’ve grabbed every chance going to catch him playing – and he never disappoints. In fact, Friday night was the fourth time (in four cities, in three continents) that I’ve seen him this year but, at three and a half hours, this was the longest set I’ve heard from him. But it wasn’t just the music that made this an awesome night.

Before we even set out from home, we heard that a big queue was forming to get into Home nightclub and we got word that the place was packed out as early as 11pm. So when we arrived it took us a little while to locate our friends. It was the day after Halloween, so many of the clubbers were in fancy dress and there was a good vibe to the club right from the start. This was definitely the busiest that we’ve seen Home for a Voodoo night and there’s no question that the atmosphere is more intense on a full dancefloor.

Before the headliner, there was a chance to catch up with friends and enjoy the tunes being spun by Thomas Knight and Daniel Kael. With the place buzzing, the scene was set for the night’s main act.

Menno de Jong led us on an epic trance journey from progressive through to uplifting, including current and classic tunes and building to an amazing climax. He dropped so many great tunes that it was hard to keep up, but I noted Markus Schulz feat. Fiora – Deep In The Night, The Thrillseekers with York & Asheni – Daydream (Will Atkinson Dreamy Mix), John O’Callaghan feat. Sia – I’ll Follow, Craig Connelly feat. Christina Novelli – Black Hole (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix), Simon Patterson feat. Lucy Pullin – The One, Menno de Jong – Turtle Paradise, John O’Callaghan – Big Sky, Dart Raine & Yura Moonlight feat. Sarah Linn – Silhouette (Allen & Envy Remix), Oceanlab – Satellite (Sneijder Remix), Veracocha – Carte Blanche, Planet Perfecto – Bullet In The Gun, Madonna – What It Feels Like For A Girl (Above & Beyond Club Mix), Tiësto – Lethal Industry, Oakenfold – Southern Sun (Angry Man Remix), Push – The Legacy and, as an encore, Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan – Silence (DJ Tiësto’s In Search Of Sunrise Remix).

The set built perfectly and was suitably enhanced by the newly improved production at Voodoo.  Home is sounding better than ever and the lights and lasers are now at a level that leaves other Sydney clubs way behind. When the floor is packed, the music this good and the light show breathtaking, you can’t help but have a great time. This was easily the best Voodoo night I’ve been to and I’m hoping for many more nights as good as this to come.  As for Menno – I can’t wait till the next time we see him, as he just gets better and better.