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Friday nights in Sydney are usually all about Voodoo at Home nightclub. But last Friday we passed up on our usual choice of clubbing in favour of a new option – Trance Department, courtesy of Trancendence. The guys at Trancendence have put on a couple of events previously, including the great night at Jam Gallery in Bondi Junction, with Fady & Mina, which we’d enjoyed so much. This time the venue was a bit closer to home (or rather, to the CBD) in the heart of King’s Cross at Zoo Project (formerly The Bank Hotel).

15193604_830655390410022_2028786764128554538_nEver since he and Standerwick burst onto the scene as Skypatrol, I’ve been a big fan of Tibor Tomecko, better known as ReOrder. He is amongst the most energetic and engaging DJs around, constantly bouncing around, climbing up on the stage to dance and involve everyone on the dance floor – giving his sets a real energy and buzz. Even if the journey gets a little lost in all the excitement, this hardly seems to matter, especially in the kind of shorter set he usually plays.

15179063_830656250409936_6948875674754285801_nTonight was my first visit to Zoo Project and it’s a great little venue, even if the toilets did seem a very long way away! The Trancendence team always put a lot of effort into their events and the production was good, if not on the scale (obviously) of Voodoo. They also manage some nice little touches, such as bringing round the lollipops with a smile. So it was a pity that the event hadn’t attracted a lot more of Sydney’s trance family, as those who stayed away (or went elsewhere) missed a good night.

15179082_830655967076631_4027647220944748851_nFirst up was Tygris, who played a lot of classics, especially from the Anjunabeats label. We heard Ridgewalkers Feat. El – Find (Andy Moor Remix), Cara Dillon vs 2 Devine – Black Is The Colour (Coco & Green Remix), Aalto – 5, Randy Katana – In Silence (Txitxarro Remix) and Galen Behr vs Hydroid – Carabella (Galen Behr vs. Ørjan Nilsen Remix).

15073370_830654680410093_155966193046145688_nAlthough the numbers were a little down, that didn’t really affect the atmosphere, especially as ReOrder started by encouraging everyone to “come closer!” And for three hours we had a great time dancing as he played lots of great music. As we had suspected, the sense of a journey wasn’t there, but because it was so much fun, it hardly seemed to matter.

15202498_830656047076623_1202322653759439514_nAmong the tunes he dropped were Ferry Corsten – Beautiful (Aly & Fila Remix), Delerium – Silence, ReOrder & Ian Standerwick present Skypatrol – Folding Your Universe, Veracocha – Carte Blanche, Simon Patterson & Magnus – Evoke, Robert Miles – Children,  Aly & Fila with Skypatrol feat. Sue McLaren – Running, Solarstone – Shield, Pt. 1 (Skypatrol Remix), Paul van Dyk – Nothing But You, John O’Callaghan – Stresstest (John Askew Remix), ReOrder – Venice Beach and Aly & Fila meets Roger Shah and Susana – Unbreakable.

15181345_830654493743445_4282342108124591510_nThere was a bit more psy-trance at the end than I really liked, but overall it had been a good three hours when he gave way to one half of Banana Bros (Lokesh, as Lax was overseas) playing back-to-back with BB (whose DJ name defies my keyboard’s attempts to transcribe it correctly!). They kept things pushing through to the close, although we had to skip the end in order to catch our bus.

15136003_830655977076630_6100562226408469634_nOverall it had been a fun night out and I’m already looking forward to the next Trancendence event.

Thanks to SHOT by BAZ for the great photos.

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Trancendence is a popular Facebook group for trance fans in the Sydney area and worldwide. This night was their first venture into promotion, as well as giving the group’s founders, (Lax, Lokesh and Bruno) a chance to spin some tunes. It’s an interesting question as to whether there’s room for another trance promoter in Sydney (with Genesis putting on Voodoo each Friday at Home and Digital Therapy putting on  several events across the year), so I was keen to see how this night went.

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There’s no doubt that it was a bold move to put the event on in Bondi Junction, which is not really very central – but the proximity to the train station meant that Jam Gallery was easy enough in practice to get to. And with the last train departing after the event finished, it was also easy enough to get away from! The venue, in fact, was a key factor in making this night so good, so congratulations to the Transcendence team for choosing it.

Spacious and airy, there was an extensive area to sit and relax in as well as a large dance floor and, maybe surprisingly, a very good sound system. There was quick service at the bar (and Young Henry’s beers, for craft beer fanciers) and a really nice vibe to the place, which felt much more like a proper nightclub than simply a room below a pub, or an adapted live music venue, that so many Sydney nightspots resemble. And the regular passing around of glow sticks and lollipops was a nice touch! Added to which was a seriously friendly crowd, having a really good time.

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Of course, the venue and the little extras are important, but it’s always the music that matters most. We arrived during Simon Lovell‘s set. Playing for an avowedly trance-loving crowd, he played a heavily Anjunabeats-themed set, including Above & Beyond feat. Richard Bedford – Alone Tonight, Mat Zo – Superman, Above & Beyond feat. Zöe Johnston – You Got To Go, Cressida – 6AM and Andy Moor vs. Above & Beyond – Air For Life. And he even managed to squeeze in Eric Prydz – Opus. It was a well paced warm up set as the club got busier and I really enjoyed it.

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Next up was BB. He, too, played on the Anjunabeats theme, opening with Above & Beyond – Tri-State, which I have to say was a great way to start! He also dropped Above & Beyond feat. Ashley Tomberlin – Can’t Sleep, Oceanlab – Sirens Of The Sea and Darren Tate vs. Jono Grant – Let The Light Shine In. Moving away from Anjunabeats, we also heard Orkidea – Redemption, Peter Steele – Mantra and Randy Katana – In Silence. I understand that this was BB’s first time DJ’ing in public, but you’d never have guessed it as his tune selection and mixing was first class. It set the night up perfectly for the headliners.

12806088_692933860848843_4062309989896986084_nFady & Mina hail from Egypt and are firmly associated with the Future Sound Of Egypt label. They are known as an uplifting trance act, taking a clear lead from the likes of Aly & Fila. And over the next two hours they took us on a fabulous journey with my favourite style of trance, and did so with panache and a very obvious sense that they were having a lot of fun playing for us.


Mixing contemporary and classic tunes, we heard Andain – Beautiful Things (Fady & Mina Remix), Armin van Buuren feat. Susana – If You Should Go, Bryan Kearney – Wake Up Call, Vast Vision feat. Fisher – Everything (Aly & Fila Remix), Aly & Fila – Laily (Photographer Remix), Aly & Fila with Aruna – The Other Shore (Fady & Mina Remix), Dart Rayne & Yura Moonlight feat. Sarah Lynn – Silhouette (Allen & Envy Remix), Aly & Fila vs. John O’Callaghan feat. Eli – Your Heart Is Mine (Fady & Mina Remix), Simon O’Shine & Sergey Nevone – Apprehension (Aly & Fila Remix), Luke Bond feat. Roxanne Emery – On Fire (Aly & Fila Remix), John O’Callaghan and John Askew vs. Nadia Ali – Stresstest Rapture (Shura Vlasov Mashup) and Aly & Fila – Lost Language.

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It was a brilliant set and I would happily have danced much longer to their tunes. However the night was closed with another debut set, this time from Banana Bros, the somewhat unusual name chosen by the twins, Lax and Lokesh, for their DJ’ing and production. They took us on a high tempo ride including some of their own productions and it was certainly not a slowing down in energy after Fady & Mina, so it proved a great way to wind up the night.

I really enjoyed this night – and I haven’t even mentioned the seriously amazing lights and lasers yet! I started off this blog with a question about whether there is room for another trance promoter in Sydney. Well, on the evidence of this night there certainly is. I’m sure that everyone present is looking forward keenly to the next Trancendence night and will be spreading the word to all their friends who missed out this time. I really have to congratulate the organisers as pretty much everything about the night was perfect and they’ve set themselves a very high standard to live up to next time!

Thanks to Trancendence for letting me use their great photos!