By Heather McLaughlin
Glasgow may be better known for rain and tough liquor than sunshine and cocktails, but Weegies could be forgiven for believing they had landed in Ibiza on Sunday night, when two of the world’s biggest DJs came to town to play what was one of the most highly anticipated gigs of the year. While it may be no Ushuaia, the newly opened Hydro stadium was the perfect venue for unleashing these dance Gods to the roaring Glasgow crowd – or was it the other way around?
After a crowd warmer from fellow Ibiza resident Pete Tong, Calvin took to the stage in typical showman fashion, which in basic terms means plenty of lasers and a whole lot of ‘Here we f*#king go’. While he may originate from Dumfries, the Glasgow crowd welcomed the prodigal son of electronic dance music in as one of their own, and Calvin gladly accepted.
After kicking off with the chart topping Sweet Nothing, Harris plowed through some of his most popular tracks, including Feel So Close and Drinking From The Bottle. Keen to showcase the DJ-ing skills he is renowned for, Calvin also impressed by sampling other well-known dance favourites, like Breach’s Jack and Lana Del Rey’s number one from earlier this year, Summertime Sadness, which blew the original clear out of the water.
By the time he had finished, the crowd was crying out for more, which was just as well as Tiesto was waiting in the shadows to take them into a new euphoria. Banging out the classics that made him a household name, including Adagio For Strings and Traffic, dance fans raised their arms, closed their eyes, and imagined they were on the White Isle.
Despite Tiesto pulling off a great performance, it was Calvin Harris who won the battle of the DJs on this occasion, which comes as no surprise when you consider he is now the highest paid dance artist in the world, clinching the title previously held by his co-star.
The Hydro may have closed its doors at 11pm, but the people of Glasgow kept on partying well into the wee hours, and will no doubt continue to do so until the next time these two dance Gods come to town.