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Ok, so I like electronic dance music, more specifically Trance. When I started in the 1990's, the US was a bit behind in that department.
Still, with San Francisco and San Jose nearby, I've had some opportunities to see some great EDM/Trance DJs. Back in the early 2000's, they sadly played club music in the US that was nowhere close to the hits they had composed and were known for, but over the years, as Trance started becoming more popular, those DJs finally started playing their good tunes in the US too, and maybe from 2004 on, it's only been getting better.
Popsicle Halloween 2004 was really the beginning of great music parties in the San Francisco Area, and thankfully things have gotten even better since then

As a matter of fact, after another 10 years (2015 and beyond) the good news is that Trance has grown quite a following in the US, and places like the SF Bay Area, and while Trance has been declared dead a few times in the last 10 years, it's still going strong here.
Trance Family SF is definitely strong in the area, we've been getting more big trance parties every year, including many top DJs that come visit us what feels like every other week now (as of 2018-2019), and through those events, I made many friends in Trance Family SF. Thanks to you all.

Over those years, I got the chance to meet a few of my favourite DJs, including Armin more than once, and my last hobby has been to work on lights for my shirt and pants (version 3) and (version 4)

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2023/12/29 Early NYE Party: Rebooted - Trance Made in Sheffield
π 2023-12-29 01:01 in Clubbing
I was in Paris for the holidays, and unfortunately it's a wasteland for Trance. It's even hard to get good EDM there apparently. After asking around, I found out about a nice trance event in Sheffield, which wasn't super close, but Manchester is only a 90mn flight away from Paris and then 1h30 by train to Sheffield, not too bad. That's barely more than what it takes to drive across LA :)

I was greeted by expected rain, but once indoors, I dried out quickly:

I only brought part of my LED outfit, but still enough to add a bit of fun to the party :)
I only brought part of my LED outfit, but still enough to add a bit of fun to the party :)

I was there bright and early, things started at 15:00, the club was not huge but just big enough for the crowd and a great atmosphere
I was there bright and early, things started at 15:00, the club was not huge but just big enough for the crowd and a great atmosphere

Honestly the music was great from the very beginning, but when Scott Bond took the decks and then was joined by Biacan Blezard playing live violin over some of my favorite trance tracks, I literally melted. I cannot describe how good this was and my camera managed to capture a little bit despite the difficulties of recording loud sound:

  • 27:20: Push - Universal Nation
  • 36:30: Can't get no Sleep - Insomniac
  • 46:00: Lost Tribe - Gamemaster
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    Then Francesca Faye also sang live over a few tracks:

    And Craig Connelly took over for a 3H hour set fully of bliss:

    Lucky Craig had a long line of people for pictures after his set ;)

    The night was not over yet, 1 more hour:

    And then 4H after party at Record Junkee down the road:

    Definitely worth the trip from Paris, awesome night and great to meet the UK Trance fans.

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