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While Australia has been enjoying such a rich winter of trance (Future Sound Of Egypt 400, Menno de Jong’s extended set and Pure Trance among the events we’re upset at missing), the pickings in London have been much slimmer. In fact only two events have caught our ears and got us putting on our dancing shoes since we arrived back after our travels in the Netherlands, Ibiza and Turkey. The first of these was Wax Format presents Tidy vs. Nukleuz in London: Vinyl Only at Fire in Vauxhall and what a great night it turned out to be!

We arrived just as Signum started his set and worked our way towards the front of a packed and extremely hot dancefloor. There was more space to dance near the right, but it was much hotter there, so we ended up moving into the centre, where it was heaving, but due to the positioning of the air-conditioning, a little less like the inside of a furnace! It’s easy to see how the nightclub got its name! Signum had played a wonderful classics set at Luminosity and he played some more great classics tonight, while perhaps not reaching the brilliant level of his closing festival set.

Dropping classics like DJ Tiësto – Suburban Train, Tiësto – Just Be, Randy Katana – In Silence and Push – Universal Nation, it was a wonderful set and I would have loved him to play much longer, but the line-up was so long that he only had an hour. I often feel that an event has too many DJs and it would be better to have half as many DJs playing for twice as long. But the great trance continued with the next DJ, Mario Piu, who also dropped some old school DJ Tiësto – Flight 643.

We moved to the other room to catch Agnelli & Nelson, only to discover that they weren’t there (it later transpired that they had missed their flight, although the wisdom of their accepting bookings for a festival in Northern Ireland and a club night in London on the same date has to be questioned). Filling the gap was Sam Mitcham, the Driftwood promoter who we’d seen recently in Ibiza. Sam played a fantastic set – so good that I really wasn’t so concerned to miss A&N in the end, especially when he dropped Agnelli & Nelson – El Niño, although the highlight for me was Lost Tribe – Gamemaster.

I really liked the club, although the main room was too hot for me at times. Overall it was a really good night, with enough trance to keep me going till it was time to head home, and lots of hard trance and hard house for those who are into those genres.

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The other event we attended was the Friendz and Trance Sanctuary boat party and what a lovely day this was! It’s not been the warmest London summer, by any stretch, but on this day the sun was out and it was pleasantly warm. Although this was only the third time we’ve been lucky enough to experience Trance Sanctuary, it feels like an old friend and it’s definitely somewhere where we get to meet lots of our friends and always make some new ones too.

After boarding, we soon located the Trance Sanctuary deck, where Jon Cockle was playing a great opening set. It’s easy to see why John 00 Fleming rates him so highly as he seems to have a knack for playing some great tunes at the right pace for the stage of the evening/night. Tristan C was up next with some more mainstream trance tracks that went down well with the crowd. We went upstairs to check out Messy A – a good friend of ours from before he started DJ-ing, and he had the dance floor buzzing with his tunes and his pirate outfit! But we wandered back down to catch Mark Landragin, who played a great set before the headliner took over.

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Sneijder is one of my favourite DJs, but I’ve often managed to miss him due to clashes with other events or DJs. We’d missed his set at Luminosity because we were dancing to Paul van Dyk. So I was really looking forward to hearing him now and he did not disappoint. He opened with Andain – What It’s Like (Sneijder Remix) and also dropped great tunes like Aly & Fila with Ferry Tayle – Nubia, Veracocha – Carte Blanche (Sneijder Remix), Plumb – Need You Now (How Many Times) (Bryan Kearney Remix), Delerium – Silence (Future Antics Remix), Orkidea – Purity (Sneijder Remix) and John O’Callaghan – Stresstest (John Askew Remix). What a fantastic set this was, and what a great vibe it created on the lower deck!

My only concern was how hot it was and that unless we were very close to the speakers the sound was very muddy. Overall, though, it was another great Trance Sanctuary night and the Thames does provide a great backdrop to the music. I just wish I could go to these events more often!

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