Decent trance nights seem to be fewer and further between these days, so when we heard Gareth Emery was celebrating Garuda’s 3rd birthday at Manchester venue Sankeys this weekend we knew that the North West ravers were in for a massive treat. And we were right.
DMM were on the scene relatively early for a club night and already the place was heaving with revelers already partying and dancing like lunatics. None of this, “let’s chill out for a couple of hours while it builds up” that often occurs but a welcome slap to the face as you walk in that the party is already rocking and we couldn’t resist joining in.
Although the male / female balance was a little out of shift, it was a trance night after all and trance is known for being a male dominated genre, the atmosphere was brilliant. This was mainly due to a combination of the great venue that is Sankeys and the immense quality of the lineup. Everyone blitzed it. Every room was bouncing, no exceptions. The sets were tight, loud, bass heavy with a great blend of underground trance tracks, some slightly more well known trance favourites and subtle addition of some dirty, filthy house beats. Dancing isn’t optional when the music is this good.
Massive credit goes out to Mark Eteson, who exhilarated the crowd in Spektrum with a fantastic set, even after an SD card dilemma left him resorting to borrowing Hiddenagenda’s CDs!
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