The tragic death of a young man at ASOT700 in Sydney in February led to the early curtailment of Bryan Kearney’s closing set and much disappointment amongst the committed trance fans who’d stayed on to the end. So when the news broke that he would make an early return to Australia to play a three-hour set at Home Nightclub, for Voodoo, there was such excitement that tickets rapidly sold out.

I’ve been to several packed events at Home, but I don’t think any of them were technically sold out, so we decided to arrive in good time in order to avoid what we expected to be a massive queue to get in. But it seemed that everyone else had the same idea, only arriving even earlier than us so in fact we had no difficulty in getting in quickly.

It was already so packed that it took some time and determination to make our way through to our usual spot and find our friends. The place was already buzzing with anticipation, with Thomas Knight and Tonto playing back to back, dropping tunes like Max Graham – The Evil I.D. (Mark Sherry Remix) and Energy 52 – Café del Mar.

Next it was Nick Arbor and Simon Lovell to complete the build up to the headline act. They played lots of great tracks, such as Alex M.O.R.P.H. feat, Sylvia Tosun – An Angel’s Love, Paul van Dyk feat. Plumb – I Don’t Deserve You (Giuseppe Ottaviani Remix), Dash Berlin feat. Roxanne Emery – Shelter (Photographer Remix) and Solarstone – Seven Cities. But the highlight of their set for me was when they dropped Tiësto – Elements Of Life: such a great tune and one that we very rarely hear these days.

The clock moved round to 1am, the anticipation in the air was tangible, and now it was time for Bryan Kearney. It must be great for the DJ to hear his name chanted by the crowd, but it must frustrate the hell out of Bryan Kearney that his name is always mispronounced (the first e is silent, in case you didn’t realise). Regardless, he didn’t waste any time in upping the tempo and the packed crowd promptly went wild. And who can blame them? The set he played was simply one of the very best the venue can ever have heard. From beginning to end it was fantastic pure, driving, uplifting trance, beautifully mixed and perfectly paced.

Just to give a flavour of the set by listing a selection of tracks barely does it justice, but perhaps it helps a little?

John O’Callaghan feat. Deirdre McLaughlin – Stay With Me, Aly & Fila with Paul van Dyk feat. Sue McLaren – Guardian, Plumb – Need You Now (How Many Times?) (Bryan Kearney Remix), Active Sight vs Oceanlab – Never Ending Satellite (Bryan Kearney Mashup), Aly & Fila feat. Rafif – Mother Nature (Bryan Kearney Remix), Aly & Fila feat. Karim Youssef – Laily (Photographer Remix), Luke Bond feat. Roxanne Emery – On Fire (Aly & Fila Remix).

The Thrillseekers feat. Fisher vs. Solarstone with Aly & Fila – The Last Fireisland (Daniel Kandi Mashup), Gareth Emery feat. Bo Bruce – U (Bryan Kearney Remix) mashed with Cirez D – On Off, Bryan Kearney – Te Amo, Da Hool – Meet Her At The Love Parade, Bryan Kearney & Sneijder – Proper Order, Paul Webster – Time (Sean Tyas Dub Mix), Paul van Dyk feat. Plumb – I Don’t Deserve You (John O’Callaghan Remix).

Will Atkinson – Numb The Pain, Bryan Kearney – Awaken, Aly & Fila feat. Jwaydan – We Control The Sunlight, Motorcycle – As The Rush Comes mashed with Ferry Corsten – Beautiful, O’Callaghan & Kearney – Exactly, Chakra – Love Shines Through, Orkidea – Purity (Sneijder Remix). And many others that I didn’t make a note of at the time.

So many wonderful tunes and put together perfectly. It may not have escaped your notice that he played numerous Aly & Fila tunes and remixes – certainly something that I had no complaints about!

The room was still packed at the appointed finish time of 4am and a huge cheer went up when it was announced that Kearney would play for an extra half hour. Fantastic production (probably the best laser show I’ve seen at Home) and the great sound system also contributed to making it one of the best nights of this or any year – one that will be remembered for years to come by those fortunate enough to have been there.

I am certainly looking forward to Luminosity Beach Festival, which will be our next chance to catch Bryan Kearney playing. But this night proved to me how there’s really nothing to match an extended set in a nightclub, a setting that gives the best DJs the scope to show what they can do. All too often you see nights being promoted with a massive list of DJs and you know that with only an hour each, they won’t be able to take you on the kind of journey that trance is designed for.

Huge thanks are due to Majik Entertainment and Genesis for putting on such a wonderful night.