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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

Paul van Dyk - Live @ Innercity, RAI, Amsterdam 30.12.2000

Innercity 2000. One of my first events. And one of the most memorable events ever! Even to this day do I have fond memories of this event. I went with my friend Tom, and had a blast. Also had chewing gum stuck to my backside, but that's a different story. Memorable for all the good reasons. So many great DJs/acts, and even a UK Garage area. So damn freaking cool, it was ground breaking! And of course the legend that was DJ Tiesto. I remember it being a struggle to get in the Progressive area, because EVERYONE wanted to hear him play. But I got a glimpse of him, and then realised it was too damn crowded, so went back to the mainstage area. Truth be told, there were too many great artists to go to, it was difficult to stay in one area the whole night.

Just look at the freaking line-up in the picture above. How cool was that? One of the areas I didn't go into much was the 3FM area. But yeah, it was the mainstage, Techno, Club, Progressive, and UK Garage area which appealed to me the most. Back in 2000 this was the ultimate line-up, and it was gorgeous. You might be wondering why I am talking about an event which took place 21 1/2 years ago? Well, I wanted to go back in time, and found this liveset. A set by the mighty Paul van Dyk. Recognise his name? You must know him, right?

He was one of the artists on the mainstage, and yes, I did witness his set. Can't remember much from the set, because I was slightly intoxicated, but what I do remember is that the whole night was amazing and I walked for hours. If I had an iWatch back then, my step counter would have be right up there! The Amsterdam RAI is massive to walk through. But yeah, thankfully we've got the sets to listen to, and reminisce to.

Paul van Dyk does not need an introduction, but neither does Innercity. This concept was sadly killed/written off by ID&T, but when it emerged out of nowhere toward the end of the 90s, it was so popular. Unbelievably popular. And just look at the line-up, and even the ticket price: €41. That's a bargain. Even to today's standards.

Before I get too emotional, let's dive into the tracklist and see what Paul played 21 1/2 years ago, at the might Innercity 2000 - Large & In Charge!

  1. Paul van Dyk - Movement

  2. Futureshock - Sparc

  3. Schiller - Das Glockenspeil (Humate Remix)

  4. Laguna - Wet

  5. Andreas Kauffelt - Alternate (Michel De Hey Remix)

  6. Resistence D - You Were There (Thomas Schumacher Remix)

  7. 16C+ - Under 4 Ever (Gil's Spiritual Remix)

  8. Bismark - Reactivate (Trasp 1 Remix)

  9. Taiko - Silence (Club Mix)

  10. Goldenscan - Sunrise (Pulser 6 AM. Remix)

  11. RMB feat Christina Lux - Deep Down Below (Humate Remix)

  12. Paul van Dyk - Autumn

  13. Paul van Dyk - Another Way

  14. Paul van Dyk feat Jennifer Brown - We Are Alive (Breathless Mix)

  15. Taiko - Uno, Dos, Tres, Quatro (Die Blechtrommle) (Nick Sentience Remix)

  16. Armin van Buuren & Tiesto presents Alibi - Eternity

  17. V.I.P. 3000 - The Combat

  18. Voodoo & Serano - Blood Is Pumpin'

  19. Underworld - Born Slippy (Paul van Dyk Remix)

  20. Paul van Dyk - Columbia

  21. Paul van Dyk feat Saint Etienne - Tell Me Why (The Riddle) (Vandit Mix/Neptune Project String Rework)

  22. Quo Vadis - Sonic Boom (Amp Maximum Mix)

Reading Partyflock's review of the event, people mentioned the glowsticks. I completely forgot those flying through the air. Can't remember how we all got hold of them. Were they distributed freely, or something similar? Not sure, but it was cool as fuck.

What I also read was that most people appreciated Marco V's set and Paul van Dyk's one. And will you Adam and Eve it, the set you are going to listen to is Paul's one from the night. And it's got the finest tracks from early 2000/late 90s, when Trance sounded so different. And I have to say that the tracklist shows so many tracks I've not heard in a long time. Probably since the mid 2000s, at least. Underrated, and under appreciated songs.

Really cool set, and it stood the test of time. This just reminds me of the glory days of Trance/Tech Trance. And of course I get flashbacks to the actual event. One of the weirdest moments was the Green Velvet on stage. If you were there, remember him screaming in his mic the whole bloody time? It was certainly weird.

But back to Paul van Dyk's set. Really good, and highly enjoyable. Put this on, and let the music take you back to 2000. Sit back, and relax.

Best track? There are two. 'Sparc' and 'Uno, Dos, Tres, Quatro'.

DJ: Paul van Dyk

Genre/Style: Trance, Techno, Tech Trance, Progressive Trance

Liveset Info: Recorded @ Innercity 2000

Length Liveset: 01:53:34

Tracks: 22 (twenty-two)

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): CLICK HERE

File Size: 155 MB

File Type: mp3

Audio: Stereo

Bit Rate: 192kbps

Release Year: 20000

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