PAUL VAN DYK @ PACHA IBIZA DUBAI
When trance legend Paul van Dyk swung past Dubai last year, we had the pleasure of seeing him play in an outdoor setting, so we were excited to hear he was coming back on Thursday night for a more intimate gig at one of the most hyped nightclubs in the city, Pacha Ibiza Dubai.
Intimate is understating the case somewhat - the dance floor was at capacity from early, and the jam of people wanting to get to a location where they could see the DJ ensured it never emptied. Escaping upstairs gave us room to dance at the expense of actually being able to see anything.
Thankfully at 1am and to a massive tempo change, the DJ really did save our night. Working off two laptops running Ableton Live and an Allen & Heath mixer, as well as keyboards and MIDI controllers, Paul van Dyk pushed his relentless enthusiasm and excitement on to a receptive crowd. Not content with just playing his latest tracks, we were taken through a journey of old and new progressive and trance music - it was great to hear Mat Zo’s ‘ Superman,’ a forgotten gem from yesteryear among them. Paul even squeezed in some techno, before finishing up with ‘ I Don’t Deserve You’ and Above and Beyond’s ‘ All Over The World’. Ever the professional, he even hung around afterwards for photos with the fans.