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With our trip to Melbourne and two great night of trance still fresh in our memories, we were back on the trance train again for the Mental Asylum tour, presented by Voodoo, at Home Nightclub. Mental Asylum is the record label run by Indecent Noise and he had assembled a great line-up for the night, featuring four DJs whose sets I have always greatly enjoyed.

Because of Sydney’s ridiculously limiting licensing laws and the 3am bar closure enforced by killjoy politicians responding to knee-jerk press campaigns, it’s difficult to schedule four international DJs into one night. Thus, after a great warm-up set from Amy Parnell, the first of the night’s main sets began at the early time of 11.30pm and saw James Dymond playing back to back with Matt Bowdidge.


Never mind that it still felt quite early, the dancefloor was packed and James and Matt played a great set including numerous reworked and remixed classics: Tiësto – Adagio For Strings (James Dymond Remix), Nu NRG – Dreamland (Chris Metcalfe Remix), The Doppler Effect vs. RAM & Jorn van Deynhoven – Beauty Hides In RAMsterdam (Chaim Mankoff Mashup) and John O’Callaghan vs. Jase Thirlwall & Allan Morrow – Big Sky Thunderflash (James Dymond Mashup). I really enjoyed this set, which was a nice blend of their distinct styles and something different from hearing them play individually (which I have often done before).


At 1am it was time for the headline act, Indecent Noise. We’ve seen him quite a few times in recent years, in Sydney and at the Luminosity Beach Festival. There’s no doubting his unique, uncompromising style and of all the times I’ve seen him play, this was probably my favourite. The great tunes and mashups flowed perfectly and the crowd responded enthusiastically. Marco V – Godd, Faithless – Insomnia (Ferry Tayle Remix), John O’Callaghan vs. Cassandra Fox – Touch The Saw (Indecent Noise’s Luminosity Mashup), Coast 2 Coast vs. Tiësto – Coming Home on Flight 643 (I think this may be an Indecent Noise mashup), Barthezz – On The Move and Indecent Noise feat. Noire Lee – Glitches. He mixed these perfectly and even included some psy-trance, with Juno Reactor – Pistolero (Astrix Remix) and Vini Vici – The Tribe.


After such a sensational set, there was a huge buzz in the room as Standerwick came to the decks to take over. We’ve been big fans of Standerwick since we first downloaded and listened to his set at ASOT650 in Utrecht on the Who’s Afraid of 138?! stage. We’d managed to catch him at Ministry Of Sound last August and had really been looking forward to hearing him again. And we weren’t disappointed as he smashed out a fantastic sixty minutes of driving, uplifting trance. Opening with ReOrder & Ian Standerick pres. Skypatrol – Sailing Airwaves (In Memory Of Matt Trigle), the set included lots of his own great tunes, collaborations and remixes: Standerwick feat. Jennifer Rene – All Of Us, Skypatrol – Skyres, Standerwick – Vanaheim, Standerwick – Valyrian, Standerwick & Phillipe El Sisi feat. Ana Criado – Magic Light, and John O’Callaghan feat. Jennifer Rene – Games (Standerwick Remix).


And to round off such a fantastic night, at 3.30am, Standerwick was joined by Indecent Noise and Matt Bowdidge for a three-way half-hour of fun, starting with Darude – Sandstorm (which took everyone by surprise), including Gareth Emery feat. Christina Novelli – Concrete Angel (John O’Callaghan Remix), Armin van Buuren feat. Susana – Shivers, Armin van Buuren feat. System F – Exhale, Oceanlab – On A Good Day (Above & Beyond Club Mix) and finishing with Armin van Buuren – The Sound Of Goodbye.


It had been a fantastic night – as good as any other at Voodoo, in my opinion. Great music, awesome production and a euphoric vibe in the club. Sydney really has had some fantastic nights of trance in the last year and this was right up there with the very best of them. If only the club could stay open later and we could have danced till dawn!

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