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Our first night of clubbing after our return to Sydney was at one of Sydney’s better venues, the Oxford Art Factory, featuring a couple of acts we’d seen recently as part of the Luminosity Beach Festival. In the Netherlands, we’d caught a bit of Allen & Envy at the very start of the festival, when the crowd was still arriving and at a time to which their uplifting style is not really best suited. And at the other end of the festival, at the after-party, we’d seen Jordan Suckley playing back-to-back with Adam Ellis in an overcrowded club with no ventilation and shockingly poor acoustics. I say this only as explanation of why we were a little unsure how much we’d enjoy this night.

We arrived in time to catch Tonto playing back-to-back with Amy Parnell, dropping some great uplifting trance tunes – classics and more recent tracks – such as Paul van Dyk – For An Angel, Fictivision vs C-Quence – Symbols (Will Atkinson 5000 Remix), Paul van Dyk feat. Plumb – I Don’t Deserve You (Giuseppe Ottaviani Remix), Neptune Project – Lost All My Tears (Noble Six Remix) and ReOrder & Ian Standerwick pres. Skypatrol – Folding Your Universe. It set things up very nicely for the night as we caught up with friends we hadn’t seen for a couple of months or so.

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I really like the Oxford Art Factory – it has a bit of the feel of a live music venue, but adapts well to being used as a dance club. The sound is generally pretty good, although you sometimes have to move around to hear it at its best, and there are seating areas at the back at mezzanine level if you need to take a break. Added to which are friendly and efficient bar staff and security. All in all, it’s definitely one of my favourite Sydney venues.

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After Tonto and Amy Parnell, it was the turn of Jordan Suckley and he quickly turned up the heat with his technical skills on the decks and mixer. At first I thought that he should let the music speak for itself a little more and keep the wizardry to a minimum, but it didn’t take long for me to stop worrying about that – and by the end I was completely won over. Perhaps it was when he dropped Ferry Corsten – Radio Crash that I first began to sense I was really enjoying the music, but by the time he had mixed from Ferry Corsten – Beautiful into Andain – Beautiful Things, played Armin van Buuren feat. Aruna – Won’t Let You Go (Standerwick Remix), John Askew – Plush and Binary Finary – 1998 (Jordan Suckley Remix), I knew that any doubts I’d harboured about him had been completely misplaced. It was a fantastic set and I’m definitely looking forward to the next time I can see him.


That was a tough act to follow, but at 1.30am it was time for Allen & Envy. This duo has shot to fame recently, on the back of their remix of Silhouette by Dart Rayne & Yura Moonlight feat. Sarah Lynn, which was definitely one of the best tunes of 2013. As DJs, they clearly have a lot of fun, dropping nothing but uplifting trance – and there’s nothing wrong with that. Perhaps their set featured too many extended breakdowns and was less well structured and mixed than the journey that Jordan Suckley had taken us on? But you can’t complain when everyone is having so much fun and they are playing tunes such as ReOrder & Darren Porter – The Void, The Thrillseekers & Standerwick – Like They Used To, Flynn & Denton and Audrey Gallagher – Say My Name, Standerwick – Valyrian, Ferry Tayle – The Way Back Home, Will Atkinson – Victims, Aly & Fila – Laily (Photographer Remix) and, of course, Dart Rayne & Yura Moonlight feat. Sarah Lynn – Silhouette (Allen & Envy Remix). Whilst I think I’d have to say that Suckley’s was the better set, I enjoyed Allen & Envy nearly as much.


We had to leave, but it was quite a wrench leaving as Scotty G opened his set with Aly & Fila – We Control The Sunlight. But it was time to rush for the bus home and reflect on a really top night out. Hopefully there will be many more 140 nights to come from Genesis. It’s a great formula – uplifting trance at the Oxford Art Factory – and with a good crowd in, it looks like the Sydney trance family agrees.

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