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It was the weekend of my birthday celebrations and we started off with a visit to Voodoo at Home Nightclub for The Thrillseekers and ReOrder. What a great night it turned out to be! In the eighteen months or so since The Thrillseekers was last in Sydney, Voodoo has gone from strength to strength, with big improvements in the sound system and the visual spectacle.

We arrived shortly before midnight and took up our usual position, front right. Just before 12.30, The Thrillseekers took over from Thomas Knight and opened with Hydra – Affinity (Adam Ellis Remix). And over the next 75 minutes he took us on a wonderful journey of uplifting trance, with some great older tunes as well as some of his latest productions. We heard Who.is – We.Are, The Thrillseekers – Find You, The Thrillseekers feat. Aruna – Waiting Here For You, The Thrillseekers – This Is All We Have, Airspace – L’esperanza (Jordan Suckley & James Rigby Remix), Aly & Fila with Solarstone vs. The Thrillseekers feat. Fisher – The Last Fireisland, Gareth Emery feat. Bo Bruce – U (Bryan Kearney Remix) and Bryan Kearney – Say Nothing. It was a fabulous set by a great DJ.

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And since our previous visit, the visuals have been upgraded yet again. The screen behind the DJ is much larger and displayed some impressively weird images, as well as projecting images of the DJ in triplicate! And it looked to my eye as if the numbers of lasers has been increased too. I can’t think of too many nightclubs with such a great production set up anywhere I’ve been to.

After The Thrillseekers, it was the turn of ReOrder. Hailing from Slovakia, ReOrder is, of course, one half of Skypatrol (with Standerwick), but also a great DJ/Producer in his own right. We’d seen him at Luminosity Beach Festival last year, so we knew that he would bring a sense of fun and great enthusiasm to his set. Sure enough, he didn’t disappoint us and he played a great set that was every bit as good as the one we’d just heard from The Thrillseekers.

Opening with Armin van Buuren feat. Susana vs Photographer – Airport Shivers (Armin van Buuren Mashup), he kept up the uplifting tempo with tracks like Matt Bowdidge – Second Sun, Skypatrol – Folding Your Universe, Ørjan Nilsen vs. Standerwick – Between The Rays / Valyrian, Max Graham feat. Neev Kennedy – Sun In Winter, Darren Porter – The Void and Mohammed Ragab feat. Eli – Passionflower (ReOrder Remix). The absolute highlight for me was when he dropped a wonderful mashup of Aly & Fila feat. Karim Youssef – Laily (Photographer Remix) with Aly & Fila with Guiseppe Ottaviani – Brilliant People (Mark Sherry Remix). I’d not heard this before but it pretty much brought the house down!

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As the clock turned 3 and the night drew to a close, ReOrder really wanted to keep going, but sadly that wasn’t to be and it was time to get home and rest as much as possible in advance of the second part of the weekend’s dancing the next day. It’s a real pity that Sydney’s ridiculous alcohol laws mean that clubs close so early and we can only hope that at some point soon the law is relaxed, because a night like this would have been so much better if it had lasted another hour or two.

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