Anticipation builds as our taxi speeds towards Amnesia after leaving DC-10’s hangar to see the collective of legendary DJs Cocoon had recruited to replace Sven Vath on a rare night off after his back to back performance with Solomun at Pacha.
Walking straight into the world famous terrace at 4:15am Luciano and Ricardo Villalobos were in full flight slamming out house and techno at breakneck speed and making it clear they had dispensed with the warm up and were taking no prisoners.
Licks of classic acid house began snaking out of the huge speakers as we edged our way around the terrace to the approval of the crowd with fists pumping with increased fury as the speed and pitch rose. Dancers in the centre of the terrace showed off their talents in tore techno leotards, punctuated by orange and blue hair that whipped around to the music. Space on the terrace was at a premium with these two legends at the helm so we decided to proceed to the main room to see a personal favourite of this writer; Adam Beyer, on closing duties.
Immediately struck by the contrast of music between the rooms, Beyer’s slower (only slightly), fuller and groovier techno sounded out over the speakers.
Much like on the terrace, Cocoon’s trademark rings of light hung like earrings of a beautiful woman. Captivating the main room with a celebration of meaty techno, Adam Beyer drove a rammed room home with unparalleled skill and a masterful display of mixing. Marco Farones “Over The Clouds” floated over the speakers putting the crowd in a trance. Beyer then snapping them back with stunning choreography in time with lights of Amnesia creating a sensory climax!
With the sun rising gently we left Amnesia to look for a taxi (not an easy feat as it turns out) there was no doubt in any of our minds we had experienced something special even by Amnesia’s standards that left me with only one question in mind; when am I coming back?