After the fun of doing the double (i.e. both Sydney and Melbourne shows) for Solarstone earlier this year, we were excited to be doing it again, this time for The Thrillseekers – one of the very best producers in the game and a DJ who is guaranteed to deliver a great night, mixing classics and current smashes to great effect.

This was also our first visit to Voodoo at Home since late May, as we’d been away in Europe for most of the intervening period. Sneaking in just before the doors opened and finding the club with the lights up, we could see that a few changes had been made – the DJ booth is now closer to the floor, with a much narrower “stage” separating the crowd from the DJ. And the large stack of amps (or blocks of something) at the back right has gone, opening up the space behind. Minor improvements, I guess – but the video screens also appeared to have had another upgrade and the sound system has been overhauled too (although I had no complaints about the old system).

The set started with a progressive feel – not something that you expect with The Thrillseekers, but appropriate to the early part of the night. We heard tracks like Above & Beyond feat. Gemma Hayes – Counting Down The Days, Matt Darey presents Urban Astronauts feat. Kate Louise Smith – I See The Sun, iiO – Rapture and even Paul van Dyk – Another Way blended in with less familiar tunes that fitted the progressive groove as the club filled up.

It wasn’t long before the pace had picked up and we heard The Thrillseekers presents Hydra – Amber (surely the tune of 2016?!), The Thrillseekers feat. Stine Grove – Anywhere With You, Simon Patterson & Magnus – Evoke and The Thrillseekers – Just Because. The night went by almost in a blur as we were dazzled by great music. I was listening out for new tunes from the as yet unreleased album, Escape – but I don’t think I caught any of them! The night ended with Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan – Silence (DJ Tiësto’s In Search Of Sunrise Remix) and Chakra – Home. But the highlight for me was the unexpected treat of hearing Ferry Corsten feat. Betsie Larkin – Made Of Love for the first time in about 7 years!

The next day we flew down to Melbourne for round two. And, as with Solarstone previously, we enjoyed the Melbourne set far more than the Sydney one. Perhaps it was the additional time (none of the NSW lockout/curfew nonsense in Victoria) allowing for a much longer set? Whatever it was, I enjoyed the progressive early part of the set more and there was no doubt that he dropped some wonderful classics, not all of which had made it into the Sydney set.

The club itself, Studio 3 (part of the Crown Casino) was a good space, overlooking the Yarra River, if you could be bothered to look outside. The sound system was good and the laser show fantastic. Perfect for dancing to tunes like Who.Is – We.Are, Bedrock – Heaven Scent,  Solid Globe – North Pole, Solarstone – Seven Cities, The Thrillseekers presents Hydra – Amber (Skylex Remix), Stoneface & Terminal – Blueprint, The Thrillseekers vs Es Vedrà, Chicane – Autumn Tactics (The Thrillseekers Remix), The Thrillseekers – Synaesthesia (Factor B Remix), DJ Tim & Misbah – Access (John Askew Remix), John O’Callaghan – One Special Particle, William Orbit – Adagio For Strings (Ferry Corsten Remix), Push – Strange World (2000 Remake), José Amnesia – The Eternal (Pulser Remix), Solar Factor – Urban Shakedown, Paul Oakenfold – Southern Sun (DJ Tiësto Remix) and Paul van Dyk – For An Angel (E-Werk Club Remix). This time around, my personal highlight was Energy 52 – Café del Mar (Three N One Remix).

Overall it had been a wonderful weekend – thanks to Genesis, Trancegression Events and, of course, Steve Helstrip – the one and only Thrillseeker! These open-to-close events are certainly proving to be a great antidote and far preferable, in my humble opinion, to the “pack ’em in”, “too many DJs” events that are becoming all too common these days. So let’s hope that they prove as successful for promoters as I think they are for the serious trance fan.