Infusion Magazine - - LOOKING BACK -

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.

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