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This was the second time this year for The Thrillseekers at Voodoo, after his set back in February, when he shared the bill with ReOrder. This time it was for an extended, four-hour journey through the last 15 years of trance – and, knowing The Thrillseekers’ credentials when it comes to playing classics, it was a tantalising prospect for Sydney’s trance devotees.

2015.11.13-23.36.35.0011.copyright*It was an early start, to fit the four hour set into Sydney’s nightlife curfew, so we arrived around 90 minutes earlier than usual, slightly concerned that there might be a long queue delaying entry. Happily the queue didn’t hold us up for too long and soon enough we were inside and catching up with friends as Tonto and Toby Matrix warmed up the already busy, if not yet absolutely packed, dance floor.

2015.11.13-23.44.56.0016.copyright*The four hours of The Thrillseekers‘ set flew past as he delivered a tour de force of sublime trance from across the last 15 years. As well as a few tunes from the recent past, he dropped classic after classic, but not always the most obvious ones and it was a superbly constructed journey through progressive, melodic, vocal and uplifting trance, with even a small helping of psy!

And it wasn’t simply a chronological sequence, but a wonderful blend, swinging back and forth over the years. A mere tracklist of the tunes I made a note of cannot really do justice to how good this set was, but I’m going to give you the list nevertheless, together with a lot of videos and hopefully together they will provide some flavour of the magic spell that was cast!

2015.11.14-00.02.51.0025.copyright*John O’Callaghan feat. Audrey Gallagher – Big Sky, Holden & Thompson – Nothing (93 Returning Mix), Cressida – 6AM (Kyau & Albert Remix), The Thrillseekers feat. Fisher – The Last Time, Andain – Beautiful Things, Tilt – The World Doesn’t Know, Andain – Summer Calling (Airwave Club Mix), Motorcycle – As The Rush Comes, The Thrillseekers – This Is All We Have, Oceanlab – Satellite (Original Above & Beyond Mix), Chicane – Autumn Tactics (The Thrillseekers Remix), Oceanlab – Breaking Ties.


Above & Beyond vs. Andy Moor – Air For Life


Super 8 & Tab feat. Julie Thompson – My Enemy


Ferry Corsten feat. Betsy Larkin – Not Coming Down


Vertical Mode – Deep Vibrations (Astrix Remix)


The Thrillseekers vs. Aly & Fila – Es Vedra


Reflekt – Need To Feel Loved (The Thrillseekers Remix)


Above & Beyond – Far From In Love


José Amnesia – The Eternal (Pulsar Remix)

Above & Beyond – Sun In Your Eyes (The Thrillseekers Remix), Skypatrol – Skyres, Plumb – Need You Now (How Many Times?) (Bryan Kearney Remix), Solarstone – Solarcoaster (Midway Remix) and William Orbit – Barber’s Adagio For Strings (Ferry Corsten Remix).

2015.11.14-01.26.06.0048.copyright*And for the “one more tune”, we heard Delirium – Silence (DJ Tiësto’s In Search Of Sunrise Remix) – a classic that never seems to tire.

2015.11.14-01.24.33.0046.copyright*With the usual fantastic production at Voodoo – great visuals and lasers and really good sound – and a wonderful vibe in the club, this was a truly memorable night and a reminder that Sydney can still put on a top night out for clubbers who like their trance. Another hour (or even two) would have been nice, but come 3 o’clock it was time to go home and start wondering if a trip to the Gold Coast or Melbourne for either of next weekend’s shows is somehow possible.

2015.11.14-02.18.03.0060.copyright*Thanks to Sylvain Whissell for the great photos – the shaky videos are all mine!

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