It’s been a long while since we last visited Melbourne and what better excuse could there be than not just one night of trance, but two? When the Neptune Project tour was announced, we decided to make the trip down, as we wanted to experience a five-hour extended set. This, of course, was long before the Digital Therapy Sydney Harbour five-hour cruise was announced … and as we had already booked our tickets and flights, we decided to take the opportunity of a Neptune Project ten hour double! And then the Godskitchen tour was announced, to provide us with an extra night’s fun while we were in Melbourne.

First up was Neptune Project at Brown Alley. It was just under three weeks since we stepped off the Digital Therapy boat in a state of euphoria after a wonderful five hours of music against the backdrop of a Sydney Harbour sunset – and we were more than ready to do it all over again. I knew the set would be very different, but didn’t really know what Dan Willis (from Neptune Project) had in mind, other than that just before he went on, he told me to expect to hear some tunes I hadn’t heard for a very long time. But before he started, there was a support set from Factor B, a local Melbourne DJ/Producer, who closed with his own tune – Stratos Galaxias, which has been a favourite of many trance DJs in their sets recently.

It’s fair to say that we weren’t expecting Dan to open his set quite the way he did. After the intro, Neptune Project vs Revolution 9 – The Rabbit Hole (Intro Mix), with its speech sampled from The Matrix, he went straight into Luminary – Amsterdam (Smith & Pledger Remix), undoubtedly one of my all-time favourite tunes. So here we were, heading into Wonderland for a five hour trip to find out “how deep the rabbit hole goes”!

And the answer is deep, very deep indeed. Dan was true to his word about tunes I hadn’t heard for ages: William Orbit – Adagio For Strings (Ferry Corsten Remix), Corderoy – Sweetest Dreams (Ferry Corsten Remix), Nalin & Kane – Beachball (Gabriel & Dresden Remix), Above & Beyond – Far From In Love (San Francisco Mix), Pulser – Cloudwalking (Astral Mix) and Gouryella – Gouryella. Mixed in with these were numerous classic tunes that I have been fortunate enough to hear more recently: Iio – Rapture (Riva Remix), Tiësto – Suburban Train and Above & Beyond – No One On Earth (Gabriel & Dresden Remix).

The venue’s acoustics weren’t too great, but we moved around until we decided that the sound was best right up near the front. The room was busy, though not packed, which gave us the freedom to dance and move around as we wanted. As well as the classics, we heard lots of great tunes from today: Thomas Datt – Prana Flow, Bryan Kearney & Sniejder – Next Level, Neptune Project – Lost All My Tears (Noble Six Remix), Neptune Project – It Turns For You; and some great mashups: Randy Katana vs. Kyau & Albert – Velvet Morning Silence (Neptune Project Mashup) and Neptune Project vs. Solarstone – Solarcoaster of Artemis (Neptune Project Mashup).

I was also intrigued to hear some Radiohead, which I later discovered to be the Tiësto remix of Street Spirit, from The Bends album. What a great tune! And, on the theme of remixing rock classics, we also heard the wonderful Pink Floyd – Shine On The Dark Side of The Moon (Neptune Project’s Out There With Pluto Remix). All in all it was an amazing five hour journey, totally different from the one we’d experienced on the boat and I would have been happy for much more when it eventually wound to an end with Ascension – Someone (The Thrillseekers Remix).

With the following night to think of, we decided to call it a night when Neptune Project finished, but it looked like many were staying on to carry on dancing until daybreak. What a pleasant change from Sydney, where everything shuts down early, thanks to the killjoy parliamentarians of New South Wales. A big thanks to Trancegression Events for putting on such a great night.