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Digital Therapy used to be Sydney’s best kept secret. But in recent months, it seems like the word is getting about and these days you can expect a packed house and a great atmosphere generated by some of Sydney’s more discerning fans of trance and progressive music.

As its reputation grows, so it seems Digital Therapy is able to attract some fantastic international acts. This weekend it took a break from my favourite Sydney venue, the Civic Underground, and returned to a former home, the 122 Bar on Pitt Street. This is a small underground venue, much smaller than the Civic but perfect for creating an intimate vibe.

Of course, Digital Therapy is somewhere we can expect to run into a lot of our friends, so we arrived in good time to catch up with them before the room filled up. We just caught the end of Adam Byrne‘s set before Zac Slade and Pablo Anon took over for a back-to-back set.

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As the clock turned midnight, it was time for Tonto‘s set. I’ve heard him play a few times before, but this was easily his best, I feel. He really turned up the heat, dropping Push – Strange World (Dan Thompson Rework), Giuseppe Ottaviani feat. Amba Shepherd – Lost For Words (On Air Mix), Lange feat. Hysteria – Unfamiliar Truth (John O’Callaghan Remix), Airscape – L’Esperanza (Jordan Suckley & James Rigby Remix) and Ian Standerwick & ReOrder pres. Skypatrol – Folding Your Universe. A great set and perfect way to leave the scene ready for the night’s headliner, France’s Ferry Tayle.

It has to be said that the French aren’t noted for their contribution to the trance scene, but Ferry Tayle – touring Australia to promote his new album, The Wizard – is the exception to prove the rule. I’ve seen him twice before, at Luminosity Beach Festival, but this was my first chance to catch him in a club setting and I was pretty excited about it.

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With high expectations sometimes comes disappointment, but not on this occasion. Over the next hour and a half, he proceeded to tear the roof down and leave everyone wanting more. It was an exhilarating journey through pure, uplifting trance music at its very finest.

So many great tunes, all immaculately mixed, including Skypatrol – Skyres, Ferry Tayle feat. Poppy – The Way Back Home, Above & Beyond – Sun In Your Eyes, Nu NRG – Dreamland, Simon Patterson feat. Sarah Howells – Dissolve, Sneijder & Bryan Kearney – Next Level, Aly & Fila with Ferry Tayle – Nubia, Oceanlab – Satellite (Original Above & Beyond Mix) and even Underworld – Born Slippy.

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After that wonderful set, it was time for Amy Parnell to bring the night to a close and for us to hurry to catch the bus. Hopefully it won’t be long before Ferry Tayle returns to Australia, because you won’t get much better than that for a night out in Sydney.

After last weekend’s visual extravaganza at Genesis White, this was at the other end of the scale in terms of production, but with a decent sound system, a busy dancefloor and enthusiastic crowd, nothing could get in the way of the wonderful music making it a brilliant night. I’ve always enjoyed Digital Therapy, but this was easily my favourite so far.

Thanks to Luke Davids Photography for the great photos.

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