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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

Cosmic Gate - Live @ Trance Energy, Jaarbeurs Utrecht 16.02.2002

I have been on a quest to find sets I used to listen to when I was younger. And during the early noughties I was fully in love with Trance music, and bought literally everything the Free Record Shop had to sell. Also van Leest, but it was a shittier shop, truth be told. But Trance Energy was one of those CDs I bought every time they were released, and when TMF and Radio 538 started to play livesets recorded at Trance Energy, they got me hooked. And I remember hearing Cosmic Gate play. It was the last set at the main stage. But their set was loved by many (according to Partyflock's comment section).

Soundcloud has been my friend, and their set has been uploaded. And it included a tracklist. That's what I wanted to hear on this rainy Saturday afternoon. Some early Cosmic Gate and some wicked Trance music coming through my speakers, recorded at one of the finest Trance events in the whole world. Nothing can beat Trance Energy. It's coming back slowly, but does it capture the atmosphere as it used to be during the noughties?

Here's the tracklist!

01. Cosmic Gate - Welcome

02. Cosmic Gate - Fire Wire

03. Cosmic Gate - Exploration Of Space (New Club Mix)

04. Cosmic Gate - The Truth

05. Jam X & De Leon - Can You Dig It?

06. Sioux - Pho

07. DJ Isaac - On The Edge

08. Carambola - Blue Horizons (Deepack Mix)

09. Cosmic Gate - Back To Earth (S.H.O.K.K. Remix)

10. DJ Tiesto - Urban Train (Cosmic Gate Remix)

There are many sets which bring a smile on my face, but some do have the power to make me even happier than before. This is one of those sets: it enlightens me with an unusual euphoric and melodramatic feeling. Why dramatic? Well, I want to go back to these wonderful years, these were literally the best for Trance music. Still influenced by many other styles, and oh so sexy.

Cosmic Gate ruled back in 2002, and they still do. Their hour long set was impressive. Yes, the quality of the set isn't great, and you do hear the Radio 538 presenter here and there, but the general gist is good. And blow me away: 'Can You Dig It?'! Haven't heard this tune in a decade or so! What a wicked anthem. You already know that this is my favourite record from their set.

The crowd loves it, and so do I. This hour has flown by really fast. This is true music. Maybe sounding dated, but that's just it! You can not go back in time, but sadly most of us who lived and danced during these years want to. I would happily give up everything I've got now, for just one awesome weekend in 2002/2003.

I've got no negative feedback, only positive. Check this set out right now, and close your eyes: for a split second you are actually in 2002. And the dancefloor is yours....

Act: Cosmic Gate

Genre/Style: Hard Trance, Trance, Hard House

Liveset Info: Recorded @ Trance Energy 16-02-2002

Length Liveset: 00:57:27

Tracks: 10 (ten)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN

File Size: 78.9 MB

File Type: mp3

Bitspeed: 192kbps

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