Jumping behind the decks after midnight following the countdown to the New Year, David Guetta, appeared on a mega stage – at least twice the size of his warm up act.
The audience at Media City Amphitheatre was well prepared not to miss his grand entrance, with his name appearing double on screen, in huge white letters that each match the size of his body.
With LED screens and streamer cannons helping his kick off his three-hour set with a bang, the audience automatically lit up with mobile phone lights as fans captured the first tune they heard of 2016.
Pointing his camera right back all in attendance, the Frenchman opted for 2011’s Play Hard, his track with Ne-Yo and Akon, to get the crowd going, announcing “I’m going to put this on my Instagram and I want to wish everybody Happy New Year!”
Adding that it’s incredible how the crowd was a collection of people from all over the globe he labelled the event “incredible”. And quite right he was.
After the final 200 tickets for the sold-out gig were released at 7.30pm on Thursday night, there was barely an inch to move inside the outdoor venue, people appearing as ant-like figures from the stands, which sold VIP tickets Dhs750 for a standing arrangement away from the sway of the huge numbers down below. Saying that, those up top may have felt left out of the experience, which sent a tingle through the spine of many as revelers sang back during deliberate pauses in the music.
Despite still pulling out hit of hit from his musical arsenal even today, the Bang My Head hitmaker pleased ticket-buyers by launching back to tunes at least a few years old too. Take Without You, sung by Usher, for instance. The Peppermint Experience gig didn’t fail to pull out all the stops with an incredible strobe lighting show to accompany and Guetta even added in remixes other songs such as Adele’s uber popular Hello.
It might be unbelievable to think the DJ has been in mainstream music for the last 14 years, yet the amount of well-known tunes for even those who are not particularly fans, was a good reminder.
Guetta took it back to his 2009 album One Love, playing the likes of Memories for the very young and particularly male crowd. With fellow DJ Martin Garrix playing simultaneously on the other end of town at Meydan, many would have wondered if the amphitheatre could pull off a rivalling NYE experience. But there’s no doubt Guetta’s appearance was one of the best ways to see out 2015 in Dubai.