Lemon & Lime 3rd Birthday feat. Kyau & Albert @ The Met, Brisbane (25/01/12)

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Renowned for hosting the best trance and progressive nights in Brisbane, Lemon & Lime celebrated a landmark 3rd birthday party this past week with international trance duo Kyau & Albert headlining the night.

Over the three years of operation, Lemon & Lime has brought staple trance and progressive events to Queensland, establishing a trance community with countless regular faces at every event. An inconceivable list of international and national talent have taken to the decks including Dash Berlin, Richard Durand, Andy Moor, MaRLo and Future Music Festival 2012 artist [aa.artist:John O’Callaghan].

Lemon & Lime stepped it up again this Australia Day eve, bringing one of the biggest trance duos in the world to the luscious setting of the COCO lounge at The Met: Ralph Kyau and Steven Albert, better known under the alias Kyau & Albert. The two Germans are responsible for the longest-running trance label, Euphonic Records, and are one of the most original producer duos with all-male vocals performed by Steven Albert himself.

Opening the night for Kyau & Albert was local DJ Brooka, who took us on a journey with a dreamy progressive set. Midway through his set Brooka dropped his brand new, extremely impressive mash-up between Ad Brown’s 20 Seconds and Andrew Bayer’s Counting The Points (Matt Lange remix). Following Brooka was the lovely lady Dakova Dae. Not only did it look like she was having a blast on stage, but her mix was solid from start to finish, especially a delightful remix of Meck’s Feels Like Home. Last support before the headliners was Sabot4ge, who had the big task of prepping the COCO lounge for what was to come. He held his composure well presenting a dynamic set, involving the crowd and mixing some mighty fine tunes together.

It wasn’t till the early hours of the morning (Happy Australia Day!) that Kyau and Albert took to the stage, throwing down a 2.5 hour set to a packed room. Starting with Sleep ( Marcus Schossow Perfecto Mix) by Paul Oakenfold, these guys showcased their cutting edge talent right from the beginning. The duo’s set was incredibly explosive featuring remixes from their recent 15-year celebrations including Are You Fine? (Arty remix), Once In A Lifetime ( Tritonal remix) and the upbeat, crowd pleasing Ronski Speed remix of Megashira.

Not only did they manage to play a solid chunk of their own catalogue, but they also mixed in some of the biggest songs in trance currently from artists like Sander Van Doorn, Mat Zo, Above & Beyond and Cosmic Gate. The audience’s reaction was highly entertaining, with intensity levels reaching new highs and mass sing-alongs creating that euphoric vibe where you can’t help but smile and dance with the people adjacent to you.

Overall the night was just wondrous, especially with Dan Burke closing the night with a genuine set to end Lemon & Lime’s third birthday party. It was overwhelming to see such a big turnout and some formidable DJs playing alongside Kyau & Albert. It’s safe to say the trance and progressive community in Brisbane is growing, in good hands and has many more unforgettable nights to come.

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