United Colours of Trance ft. Matt Bowdidge @ Nevermind, Sydney (01/06/2012)

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The recent trance resurgence has meant that quality trance club nights have been in abundance lately. This was to be no different with Sydney venue Nevermind being a fresh, well-welcomed addition to the array of trance music club venues, hosting on June 1 the latest edition of the United Colours of Trance series, headlined by Matt Bowdidge.

The quality of the support line-up kicked the atmosphere of the night off in the right direction. From Taras Huntley progressively involving the crowd with his tech-flavoured and melodic coated tracks including Save The Robot’s Compassion (Riktam & Bansi Remix) and Kobana & Mario Hatchet’s Reload, Taras was able to deliver one of the best supporting sets that I have seen from a local DJ in quite a long time. Sequencing tracks in appropriate order that allowed bursts of constant energy, but still desirably keeping the tempo tame enough to maturely, deliver a refined set and giving up-most respect to the artists later on in the night.

Scott Richardson then assertively created a euphoric yet energetic atmosphere, delivering a woven set of melodic progressive trance tracks with energetic fused tech and big room vocal trance tracks, including Andy Moor’s remix of Armin Van Buuren’s I Don’t Own You. This channelled free flowing aural bliss through the impeccable sounding Funktion 1 speakers and bounced between the enchanting lasers on the walls of Nevermind. The solidity of the set coupled with the surprisingly refreshing contrast continued to engage responsive energy from the crowd throughout the set.

In contrast, Matt Bowdidge immediately went into the expedient mode of delivering a well-conversed, high-tempo set. Forgoing the build-up, Bowdidge instead viciously unleashed driving vocal tracks reminiscent of harder, deeper baselines. This sort of style may be a sign of the latest direction in the UK: higher-intensified, big room sounding sets. Tracks played were inclusive of a sneak peak of his latest remix of Bryan Kearney and Indecent Noise’s track Uncommon World and an array of tracks off his recently released new compilation. These included his own productions Slip Back and No Room to Breathe, which the crowd immensely enjoyed. As Matt Bowdidge’s set continued into the early morning, it was clear that the crowd had enjoyed another set of noteworthy music and atmospheric vibrancy. Sadly, the end of Matt’s set also spelled the end of the night.

Well done to the team at United Colors of Trance for another successful night – I’ll look forward to the next event in the series.


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