Sullivan Room is one of those small, grimy venues that really comes to life on nights like last Friday. The characters, the lasers, the industrial architecture and graffiti all converge to create an atmosphere where music and dancing come first. And in this case, it was for a night of raging trance.
Limitless Music brought out Polish DJ Indecent Noise to headline the night. New York-based duo Static & Bass opened with a set that was more house than trance, but got the crowd moving. Greg Downey came on after, bringing the BPM up and preparing the room for Indecent Noise’s imminent destruction. This dark style of trance still simmers beneath the mainstream, which tends to favor a more uplifting style as evidenced by Armin Van Buuren‘s new work and the recent success of the A State of Trance events around the world. Between the all-black dress code and the shadowy ambiance that Sullivan Room provides, the music felt right at home and the crowd loved it.
As soon as Indecent Noise took over the decks from Greg Downey, something in the room changed. You could feel the energy of the crowd rising with the BPM. The light show was spectacular. The lasers formed a variety of patterns on the wall and took advantage of the fog machine to create smokey effects with a rainbow of colors. Unlike other clubs, Sullivan Room has a small seating area that could be VIP in a larger venue, but instead is just a place for tired clubbers to chill out and relax while watching the show from a slightly raised platform. The lights were synched throughout the club, so you never felt like you were missing part of the action. The unified feeling extended to the crowd, a group of people who were there for the music and the company. The DJ booth in Sullivan is close to the floor and allows the DJ to easily interact with the fans.
Indecent Noise played until closing, around 4AM, and kept the energy going all night, even after the club slowly began to empty after three. There was still a sizable crowd left when the house lights came on and Indecent Noise continued to play his heavy trance until the club pulled the plug on the main speakers. It was clear that the show could have continued into the morning. This is a testament to the power of a great trance set with a psyched crowd at a down-to-earth venue.
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