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Friday night and time for some trance at Home nightclub to balance out the house of last weekend’s festival. And who better than the up-and-coming British DJ/producer making a name for himself on the Future Sound Of Egypt label, Dan Stone? With a strong supporting cast of local talent, I was looking forward to a good night’s dancing and the usual high production values of a Voodoo night.

Too late to catch the night’s opener, Tonto, we arrived as Dejan was warming up with a lovely set including classics like Armin van Buuren – Control Freak (Sander van Doorn Remix), Super8 & Tab – Helsinki Scorchin’ (possibly mashed up with something: I wasn’t concentrating as I was ordering drinks) and Lange vs. Gareth Emery – This Is New York.

Shortly after midnight, Dejan handed over to Dan Stone and he delivered a clear statement of intent by opening with Above & Beyond vs. Aly & Fila with Ferry Tayle – Good For Nubia (Ferry Tayle Mashup). An amazing tune and a perfect start to a set that was a perfect blend of modern uplifting trance and one or two classics. It wasn’t long before he dropped his big smash from last year, Matt Darey feat. Kate Louise Smith – I See The Sun (Dan Stone Rework) and the Voodoo crowd responded enthusiastically.


We also heard Ferry Tayle – The Way Back Home (Dan Stone Remix), Amir Hussain – Ethica, Greg Downey feat. Bo Bruce – These Hands I Hold (Sean Tyas Remix), Dan Stone – Mirzam, Cressida – 6AM (Billy Gillies Remix), Sneijder feat. Christina Novelli – Love Of My Control, Dan Stone feat. Victoria Shersick – Only The Memories, James Dymond – Deep Down Below, John O’Callaghan vs. John Askew vs. Nadia Ali – Stresstest Rapture (Shura Vlasov Mashup). After two hours, he finished with Oceanlab – On A Good Day (Above & Beyond Club Mix), which was a great way to conclude a set that I can best describe as being nothing more or less than good old-fashioned trance, and I simply loved it!

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Next up was Amy Parnell, bringing the night to close with a 140BPM, Subculture-influenced set, including John O’Callaghan – One Special Particle and Ernesto vs. Bastian – Dark Side Of The Moon (Dogzilla Pure Filth Remix). This wasn’t the busiest night at Voodoo, compared to some I’ve been to recently (like Simon Patterson on New Year’s Day), but it was busy enough, just not packed to the rafters and the little extra breathing space was appreciated (apart from an unfortunate incident when a good friend and my wife were knocked to the ground, and although it was almost certainly an accident, the callous bastard who did it was too cowardly to apologise or check how his victims were).

I’m certainly very keen to see Dan Stone again, hopefully not too long into the future.

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