I’ve heard Menno de Jong play deep, cruisy, progressive opening sets, I’ve heard him play peak hour uplifting trance and I’ve heard him bring nights to a close with psy trance and with classics. But until now I’d never had the chance to catch him do the lot in a single night with one of his renowned Menno Solo events. So, knowing that his supreme versatility with all forms of trance makes him one of the most capable of playing open to close, I was really looking forward to this night.

The production these days at Home nightclub is seriously impressive – sound, visuals and lasers all of the highest standard. But what makes a night is always the music and Menno gave us a tour de force as he played five and a half hours taking us from more progressive sounds before midnight towards a suitably banging finale with plenty of classics thrown in.

It was Halloween and there was a big crowd of university students, many in fancy dress and I wasn’t sure if they’d be sufficiently into trance to stay the distance, but in fact the dance floor remained busy right to the end, as Menno put together a superbly paced set and I loved every moment.

img_3955Some of the tunes I enjoyed most were: Mekka – Diamondback (Adam Ellis Remix), Menno de Jong & Adam Ellis feat. Kate Louise Smith – Set To Sail, Menno de Jong feat. Noire Lee – Creatures Of The Night (Adam Ellis Remix), Lost Tribe – Gamemaster, Ludovico Einaudi – Two Trees (John O’Callaghan Remix), John O’Callaghan – Stresstest (John Askew Remix), John O’Callaghan – The Forging Of Steel and Rank 1 – Airwave.

As 3am approached, the night reached its climax with Tiësto – Suburban Train, Paul Oakenfold – Southern Sun (DJ Tiësto Remix) and the encore, System F – Out Of The Blue. I didn’t want it to finish and cursed yet again at Sydney’s ridiculous lockout rules that wouldn’t allow the fun to continue. If only Home was on the other side of Darling Harbour!

I’ve really enjoyed the recent run of open to close nights, which are a breath of fresh air compared to the nights with so many DJs on the bill that they only get an hour each. So long may this happy trend continue!