Dennis Sheperd & Menno De Jong @ Fake Club, Sydney (18/05/2012)

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Sydney yet again experienced another quality night of trance with Silver Entertainment, along with Dynamic Recordings, presenting international trance artists Dennis Sheperd and Menno De Jong at Fake Club.

After a hassle-free entrance to Fake Club, I quickly ventured straight to the dance floor. The vibe on the dance floor at very beginning of the night was quite relaxed and looked quite sparse, but this didn’t stop local artists Scotty G and Archie playing a range of tracks to try to invigorate the floor into action.

The talented local duo of Krish Titan and Mark Onekid cleverly made use of popular cross-over progressive and tech tracks, sparking the crowd into action and gaining real engagement with offerings from Swedish House Mafia and Eric Prydz. With the crowd warmed, the scene was now set for Dennis Sheperd.

Sheperd continued the night’s musical progression, beginning his set with the monstrous track by Omnia, The Fusion. With the crowd instantly hooked, he followed on with Sheperd’s own remix of Above and Beyond’s Sun and Moon and Sheperd’s enormous vocal track Fallen Angel. The abundance of big room vocal trance tracks lifted the intensity of the crowd and sparked even a greater atmosphere of excitement, the crowd waving their hands in the air and singing along to the better-known tracks. Sheperd then finished with Armin van Buuren’s and BT’s tracks, These Silent Hearts which was met with a big response, before handing over the reins to Menno De Jong.

Creatively, Menno added his own take on the monster Temper Trap track Sweet Disposition, before cleverly building up the tempo of the set and receiving a sea of grateful smiles and relentless chanting of his name in response. As Menno’s set progressed, we were taken on a wonderful journey exploring the lavish sounds of what trance is now, and will be in the future.

Menno De Jong continued to play out classic trance anthems from the past and present including Big Sky, Stranger to Stability, Jai Enive De Toi and A Quest for a Dream. Menno naturally had played a set that flowed and through his emotive presence behind the decks, it was obvious that Menno was enjoying every minute throughout his set, finally closing his set with Last Light Tonight. Whilst Menno De Jong posed for photos from his adoring fans and signed autographs, the duties of continuing to embrace Fake with the sounds of trance was left to Nathan Cryptic and Anthony Shadower.

The Sydney trance community came out in force to support some great international talent and even though numbers weren’t present as expected, the crowd intensity and engagement made the night even more enjoyable. Sheperd and De Jong’s appearance was yet another great night of quality trance in Sydney.

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Shall

Shall said on the 23rd May, 2012

Pretty awesome review Ed! :D

trancefan

trancefan said on the 26th May, 2012

Great review, wish I could have been there