Review: David Guetta at Belfast's Belsonic

David Guetta in action at Belsonic in Belfast. Picture by Cliff Donaldson 
Tara McEvoy

DAVID Guetta's musical CV boasts an impressive list of collaborators: Sia, Kelis, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Kelly Rowland and Kid Cudi are just a few of the artists to have graced tracks produced by the French DJ.

Most recently, Guetta has been making headlines as the music ambassador for the 2016 UEFA Euro tournament, having released its official theme, This One's For You, featuring Zara Larsson.

The veteran of the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) scene might have worked with some of the biggest names in the business, but he remains best known for his enthusiastic live performances - and his Belsonic show was no exception.

Guetta pulled out all the stops for the sold-out concert, sparing no expense on its production; the pyrotechnic-heavy set included huge LED screens, light effects, lazers, and smoke machines.

Belsonic was booming as opening song Play Hard built then dropped, and Guetta seemed to be having the best time of anyone there.

"I've missed that crazy vibe from this place!" he yelled over the bass, shortly before he climbed atop his decks to join in the rave himself.

Happy hardcore versions of the White Stripes' Seven Nation Army and Nancy Sinatra's Bang Bang kept the momentum up; Guetta then heightened the tempo of the evening with chart-toppers Hey Mama, Titanium, and When Love Takes Over.

Crowds enthralled by David Guetta at Belsonic in Belfast. Picture by Cliff Donaldson 

The on-screen display behind the artist instructed the crowd to "make some noise", but no such coaxing was neccessary - a lively crowd provided a robust vocal accompaniment, and danced with a vigour that rendered the night half mass workout session.

The energy didn't dip in the second half of the gig, as the DJ spun a mashup of the Black Eyed Peas' I Gotta Feeling (on which he earned a production credit) and Justin Bieber's smash hit Where Are U Now.

If the audience were tired out by the time Guetta played closing track Without You, it didn't show - every hand was in the air, every person there chanting back the lyrics at a musician visibly overwhelmed by their response.


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