This past Saturday, the New York division of LessThan3 had the opportunity to attend Massive Event’s “In Search Of Sunrise Boat Party” headlined by the compilation’s new maestro, Richard Durand.
I was really excited about this event when I first heard about it a couple months back. A trance party set on the Hudson Rover in full view of the Manhattan skyline? HELL YES! The name In Search Of Sunrise was enough for me to purchase tickets immediately. Aside from my ISOS fanboy roots from when Tiesto was at the helm, this year’s compilation, In Search Of Sunrise 8: South Africa, was easily some of the most cutting-edge melodic dance material I’ve heard all year.
Around 6 P.M., me, Kid Alien, Scuba Stevo, and a couple of our other friends met at Pier 40 at the edge of the Hudson. We promptly boarded “The Star of the Palm,” a cruise ship converted into a two-floor dance club fully equipped with booze and up to 400 hundred partygoers. Given a historically awful and hot July, the last day of the month provided us with perfect cool weather. A pleasant breeze from the water also helped keep the party boat nice and cool all night. The openers started with some nice progressive house to get the crowd warmed up. Notable acts included Brad Miller, a popular trance DJ from the city area.
It was slightly ironic that we were watching the sun set on an In Search of Sunrise party. But I thought little of such things as Richard Durand humorously struggled up to the mixer as the ship started swaying from side to side. The unstable dance floor seemed to barely affect Durand’s resolve to throw down a killer trance set. He got the crowd into full gear, opening with his hard tech-trance masterpiece, appropriately titled N.Y.C.. Durand kept the energy high, mixing in tracks from the ISOS album with notable hits like Ferry Corsten’s Made Of Love.
It was quite the spectacle to watch the city around us turn alive with lights as the sky dimmed into the night. Though Durand rarely let up his beat-filled assault on the crowd, there were many moments where I stepped outside on to the deck and observed the beautiful view around me as trance filled the night air. The boat was nearly filled to capacity but there was plenty of space for everyone to dance. There were also plenty of tables available on both floors of the ship for groups to relax and enjoy their drinks. All around, the 21+ crowd brought a nice vibe to the festivities and I didn’t meet anyone who wasn’t having a great time–check out a bit of the fun in the video.
Props to Massive Event and Richard Durand for a great night of trance in the city!