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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.