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The last two Trance Central events had been such fun that there was no way we were going to miss this one. The formula is pretty straightforward: take an intimate Oxford Street nightclub and add a roster of some of the best local DJs from trance’s early 2000s heydays and a crowd of old school clubbers. Combine with lashings of classic trance tunes and fantastic lasers and a great night is pretty much guaranteed.

The Oxford Art Factory is a great venue, providing space for people to dance, or drink and chat, if that’s what they want to do and the sound is pretty decent in most of the club (it gets too muddy in the bass if you get too close to the front). We arrived just as DJ Ange was starting her set and it really was a tour through the classics, including Armin van Buuren feat. Sharon den Adel – In And Out Of Love, Armin van Buuren – Shivers mashed with Love You More, Three Drives On A Vinyl – Greece 2000, Paul van Dyk – For An Angel, Tiësto – Lethal Industry, Oakenfold – Southern Sun, PPK – Resurrection and GTR – Mistral. What a great start to the night!

Andrew James, John Ferris and Jumping Jack kept up the assault of classic tunes. Robert Miles – Children, Faithless – Insomnia, Cosmic Gate – Fire Wire, Cosmic Gate – Exploration Of Space, Jens – Loops N Tings, Tiësto – Traffic, Darude – Sandstorm, Ferry Corsten – Punk. This was a night long on nostalgia for the great tunes of ten years ago and more.

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My favourite set of the night was Binary Finary‘s. In fact, it was just Sasha Vatoff at the helm, but that hardly mattered when he was dropping tunes like Rank 1 – Airwave, John O’Callaghan – Big Sky, Binary Finary – 1998, Armin van Buuren – Communication and Veracocha – Carte Blanche. He even managed to fit a couple of newer tunes into his mix without them sounding too out of place: Photographer – Airport and Binary Finary & Lele Troniq Feat. Christina Novelli – Waiting For The Sun.

With the great laser show put on by Man Lie (whose set earlier we had unfortunately missed), it all made for a great night and it was just a shame that we didn’t have the energy to stay through to the end and catch Amber Savage and Nik Fish. We also missed the pre-party, with a set from Misseloura, which, having heard online subsequently, I can tell you was great.

I’m not sure when Trance Central 6 is going to happen, but you can be certain that I’ll want to be there! And I’ll try to be there for all of it too!

 

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