Last Wednesday I was lucky enough to attend DJMag‘s Top 100 DJs award ceremony at London’s highly acclaimed Ministry of Sound. I’ve never seen a club so rammed, as thousands flooded the streets, in line to catch sets from some of the world’s top acts. Afrojack opened up the second room, with a pretty tight two hour dutch house set, but the vast majority were there to find out who’d be crowned the world’s number 1 DJ. Armin Van Buuren received the award for the fourth time in consecutive years, as several hundred in the club appeared to groan at the lack of change.
While I’d be first to admit that trance ain’t my cuppa’, Van Buuren played a pretty banging 60 minute set before being helicoptered up to Manchester to play a show at Sankeys an hour later. But it was Deadmau5 who really stole the show, with an unhooked set that made Van Buuren resemble more of a support act than anything else. For two hours, the Mau5 utterly smashed the main room with a progressive set that included both originals, as well as big house and techno tuneage from other artists. Big sets on the night also came from Laidback Luke, and Sasha, who brought the house down with his ‘Crystalised’ bootleg by The XX: