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After last weekend’s marathon Solarstone adventure, we needed a quieter weekend. Nevertheless, with Mark Sherry bringing Alex Di Stefano to Voodoo for his Outburst label tour, we couldn’t miss Friday night at Home. We’d enjoyed Alex Di Stefano’s sets in 2015, on a boat in Ibiza’s San Antonio bay and at Voodoo in October, so much that we weren’t going to turn down the opportunity to see him again. Mark Sherry has also played some really good sets recently.


With both DJs scheduled to play extended sets, it was another early start for us and we arrived just after 10pm, in time to see Alex Di Stefano. With a style that blends techno and trance, Di Stefano has been a growing name on the scene in recent times. Whilst this probably isn’t my naturally preferred variety of trance, I have found his sets to be most enjoyable. He builds beautifully and naturally, with flawless mixing and perfect tune selection and one again, his music on the night was simply fantastic.


Amongst the tunes he dropped were: Chris Schweizer – Scorpion, Gaia – Inyathi, Sean Tyas – Unleash (Alex Di Stefano Remix), Alex Di Stefano – I’ve Got The Power (Signum Signal Remix), Will Atkinson – Subconscious, Ferry Corsten – Beautiful (Aly & Fila Remix), Marcel Woods – Cherry Blossom and Bryan Kearney & Will Atkinson – The Game Changer. I enjoyed his set so much that I was thinking how good it would be if he could come back and play open to close. I really think he would give a masterclass.


Next up was Mark Sherry, the label boss of Outburst. Mark is probably best known for the higher tempo style of tech-trance and his set began in this vein with some really good tunes. Aly & Fila with Giuseppe Ottaviani – Brilliant People (Mark Sherry Remix), Mark Sherry – The Pillars Of Creation, Sunscreem – Please Save Me (James Dymond Remix), Tiësto – Lethal Industry, John O’Callaghan feat. Clare Stagg – Lies Cost Nothing and Mark Sherry meets Space Frog & Derb – Follow Me (Psyburst Mix).


But perhaps the crowd wasn’t responding as hoped, because I felt the music took a turn for the more commercial as Sherry dropped a Coldplay remix, shortly followed by Above & Beyond – Sun & Moon. Around this time, we decided that after last week’s exertions, we’d prefer to get home early rather than stay for the rest of the set and, unusually for us, we ducked out early.

 

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