After having skipped the last Vandit Night on October 1st which also was the last one at Casino, I was psyched about this one and had a feeling it would be really good. And so it was.
Getting to Berlin early at 7:30 pm allowed me to have a nice dinner with a large crowd of TA's at a really cheap but good steakhouse. As always, I got to the club early, just after the doors opened at 11 pm. The new location is part of a large complex which used to be a brewery and is now used for all sorts of cultural things ranging from a movie theatre to a billiard bar to art exhibitions to clubbing. Vandit Night took place in the building that used to be the boiler house, thus having a very high ceiling and featuring an upstairs gallery overlooking the main floor reminiscent of Avalon/Limelight in New York, only larger.
As usual, PvD started mellow and proggy and built the energy as the crowds filed in. By midnight it was close to packed and the set took off. It was clear that PvD prepared for a banging guest DJ as he made no effort to restrain himself, unlike for guests like Nick Warren or Sasha. It was kick-ass, extremely danceable yet proggy set he delivered. I was in heaven already and later stated that this part of the night was the best musically.
At 2 am Ferry came on and unfortunately slowed down a bit. His first hour I found his set lacking energy a bit. But he made up for it in the second hour, which had the crowd go nuts. While some tracks he played were quite predictable the crowd loved it and the party was boiling. Of course Ferry ended his set with 'Rock Your Body Rock'.
PvD took over again at 4 am, banging it out but moving to a somewhat slower part later on before launching into a full hour of nothing but classics, including gems like Chicane - Saltwater and 4 Strings - Into the Night. How awesome was that! Quite to my liking he didn't slow down towards the end but ended his set on a decidedly banging note. The end was at 9 am and to our dismay there wasn't much of an encore, just 1 track and then 1 one more, that was it.
Anyway, I left fully satisfied, having had an excellent night both in all respects - music, location, vibe, company. Guess I will have to go back for the next one! " />
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