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Having attended the celebrations for Future Sound Of Egypt 300 in Amsterdam and FSOE 350 in London, we were excited to learn that there would be an FSOE 400 party in Australia. Until, that is, we realised that it would take place while we were in London. So, as a consolation, we booked ourselves flights and a hotel to attend the FSOE 400 festival in Prague instead.

Unfortunately, the director of the local promotion agency took his life earlier this year and this was the reason given for the cancellation of the Czech instalment of the FSOE 400 worldwide series of festival nights. This meant that we were denied our chance to see Ferry Corsten (and discover how he would approach playing an unashamedly trance night such as this) or John O’Callaghan (a favourite of ours whom we haven’t seen enough of lately).

However, the local Czech trance family and Aly & Fila’s management quickly put together an alternative event, so that those who had spent money on tickets, flights and hotels did not lose out. Instead of a 12-hour festival, with its long list of DJs, we were treated to an intimate club night centred around a three-hour set by Aly & Fila.

The nightclub, Club Mecca, was already busy when we arrived just as Thomas Coastline was finishing his set with John O’Callaghan – Find Yourself. And it was already pretty warm on the dance floor, although nowhere near as hot as it would be later. After Thomas Coastline, it was the turn of Driftmoon, who dropped some great tunes, such as Gareth Emery feat. Lucy Saunders – Sanctuary and Driftmoon – Howl At The Moon. However, I didn’t really enjoy his set as much as I’d expected as it seemed to lack direction – Vini Vici – The Tribe dropped in the middle of some uplifting trance felt completely out of place.

The night’s magic began when Fadi (the Fila in Aly & Fila) got behind the decks. We had an unusual perspective as the VIP dance floor was behind the DJ booth, but as the main floor was so packed and so crazily hot, we stuck it out there, with occasional very welcome blasts of cool air when the bar staff opened a side door to restock or get rid of empty bottles.


Fadi’s set contained so many brilliant tunes: Aly & Fila vs. The Thrillseekers – Es Vedra, Paul van Dyk feat. Tricia McTeague – Heart Like An Ocean (Aly & Fila Remix), FKN feat. Jahala – Why? (Aly & Fila Remix) and Matt Darey feat. Kate Louise Smith – See The Sun (Dan Stone Remix) being highlights of the early part of the set. There was a huge energy in the crowd and Fadi was working his magic with so many Aly & Fila tunes and remixes, such as Lost Language, Shine (Club Mix), Fireisland (Aly & Fila Uplifting Mix) (with Solarstone), First Sun and the Solarstone Pure remix of The Other Shore. And the place went nuts when Fadi dropped Ferry Corsten – Galaxia. Another highlight was Vast Vision feat. Fisher – Everything (Aly & Fila Remix).

The climax of the set came with Ferry Tayle vs Aly & Fila vs Above & Beyond feat. Zöe Johnston – Good For Nubia (Ferry Tayle mashup). I loved the set – as I always do with Aly & Fila – and it was great to catch up with Fadi and his manager, Stuart, afterwards. In fact, I’m sure I enjoyed it more than I would have enjoyed the festival which had been cancelled – a great line-up and superb production doesn’t, in my opinion, compensate for the loss of the intimacy offered by a small club night. And we even made some new friends among the Czech branch of the international trance family!


After his set, Fadi spent most of the next hour chatting and having photos taken with his fans from Prague and further afield – we saw flags from Germany, the UK and the USA. Arctic Moon took over in the DJ booth and played for the next hour – as we were chatting to Fadi for much of his set I didn’t really pay much attention but he certainly kept the crowd enthralled with his music, including his remix of Sia’s cover of the old Mamas & Papas tune, California Dreamin’. However my ears only really pricked up when he dropped the classic Marco V – Godd.

We were pretty tired now, as we’d spent the day sightseeing in Prague and we knew that we wouldn’t get any sleep before our flight back to London. But we were determined to stay for at least part of ReOrder’s set. We’ve seen him quite a bit recently, in Sydney and Holland, and he always delivers his music with passion and panache, so even with a late time-slot, he was able to keep up the energy on the still very busy dance floor. I loved the remix of Energy 52 – Café del Mar that he dropped and it was great to hear Aly & Fila vs Skypatrol feat. Sue McLaren – Running.

The night was still going strong, but it was time for us to leave, hard as it was to drag ourselves away from ReOrder. It had been a fantastic night in a great nightclub, with the only criticism being the almost unbearable heat. At least we’d been lucky enough to have VIP wristbands, which meant we were able to dance in a less packed part of the club and benefit from the cold air drafts when the side doors were opened. All in all a great consolation for missing out on FSOE and now a seventh different country (Australia, UK, Ibiza, USA, Holland, Singapore and now Czech Republic) in which we’ve seen Fadi play. I wonder which will be the eighth? Egypt perhaps?

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