Paul Van Dyk’s 10th anniversary tour of his Vandit label rocked into London’s O2 Academy Brixton for a night of trance supported by rising star Guiseppe Ottaviani and ready to show why he’s been a regular in the top five of DJ Magazine’s annual Top 100 DJs poll as a leading purveyor of the genre. It was a night for fans to pay homage to the music they love, and PvD was happy to deliver the goods ably assisted by the Academy’s bass cranked up to full power.
Van Dyk stepped up to the centre spot to take his fans on an euphoric ride.
The trance dons of Armin Van Buurn, Tiesto and Paul Van Dyk have fanatical supporters, with Van Dyk’s swarming into Brixton Academy to catch a three-hour set by their favourite of the trio. Vandit and PvD clothing on display, the auditorium had a pumped up superclub atmosphere, turning the clocks back to the trance heydays of the late 1990s and early naughties. Brixton Academy regularly holds dance nights, but this was a crowd that packed into the main space with huge anticipation of the headline set. Ahead of the appearance of Van Dyk, Vandit’s latest star and former Nu NRG member Guiseppe Ottaviani was baying the crowd with a live set full of driving trance and the odd classic including an energetic take on Y Traxx’s “Mystery Land”.
With hardly room to move and bodies sweating already, Ottaviani left the stage to whoops of approval, and Van Dyk stepped up to the centre spot to take his fans on an euphoric ride which included his all-time classic “For An Angel” as well as hits “Time of Our Lives” and “Nothing But You”, the latter seeing glowsticks reaching for the ceiling in delight. The Academy’s soundsystem pounded out the bass in impressive style and while you couldn’t avoid the synth breakdowns, Van Dyk still has a knack of pulling out the surprises to keep trance fans guessing. Celebrating 10 years of Vandit Records was a birthday party that proved not too much has changed in the world of trance, but it’s still much loved and provides a killer soundtrack to a night out.