As my sister’s birthday clashed with the open-to-close set by Indecent Noise in Sydney, we decided instead to make our third (and final) FIFO clubbing trip of the year and travel to Melbourne for the corresponding event. This was a little easier on us than the two previous (Solarstone and The Thrillseekers), which had also been back-to-back … with the Melbourne night following straight on from the Sydney one (which we’d also attended). Nevertheless, it’s still a big effort to catch an evening flight to Melbourne and a 7am flight back the next day. At least we didn’t need a hotel room!

It was a fairly busy night at Room, in Hawthorn – although the club wasn’t packed out, so we didn’t get too hot. The club itself has a certain charm, not having been updated since – at a rough guess – the mid 1970s. With lots of mirror balls, a couple of podiums and even a cage, it looks like it doubles as a strip joint and I would recommend avoiding the carpet as much as you can – the stickiness underfoot suggests three decades or more of split beer has soaked in! And yet the lack of pretension of the space is a refreshing change from glitzy, sparkling venues that risk putting less important aspects ahead of the music and dancing. My only gripe is that it’s pretty hard to find a spot where the sound isn’t muffled by too much bass.

img_4030Unfortunately, my phone only managed one video and one photo before throwing a wobbly and refusing to capture any more moments. So you will have to get a flavour of the night from the tunes I managed to ID, as follows. Da Cool – Meet Her At The Love Parade, Faithless – Insomnia, Ratty – Sunrise, Ferry Corsten – Beautiful (Aly & Fila Remix), Binary Finary – 1998, Sunscreem – Please Save Me (James Dymond Remix), Marco V – Godd, Faithless – We Come One, Veracocha – Carte Blanche, Saltwater – The Legacy (Alphazone Remix), Jurgen Vries – The Theme, The Thrillseekers – Synaesthesia, Rank 1 – Airwave, Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan – Silence (DJ Tiësto’s In Search Of Sunrise Remix), Tiësto – Suburban Train, Armin van Buuren feat. Justine Suissa – Burned With Desire, Ayla – Ayla,  Paul van Dyk – For An Angel and Tillman Uhrmacher – On The Run (Ocean To Shore Club Mix).

As well as such memorable classics there were whole sections where I didn’t recognise a single tune – some of these I enjoyed more than others, but over the course of seven hours, there was more than enough great music to wear out our legs dancing, and some good time to chat and catch up with friends. Lastly, I don’t really want to go into too much detail publicly, but there were some fairly eye-opening sights to behold at times, as we observed the stark differences between the Sydney and Melbourne crowds. It’s safe to say that there were things happening that you simply wouldn’t get away with in over-regulated Sydney!

Overall it was a great night and certainly a good way to see out the year’s clubbing (if it weren’t for the small matter of a very big New Year’s Eve coming up).