February marks yet another birthday for legendary dance promoter Colours, and the size of the queue outside the Arches on Saturday night gave testament to how big and loyal their fan base really is.
Colours intended to make it a blinder of a night for their 17th Birthday having booked Sander Van Doorn, Gareth Emery and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano as headliners; if that wasn’t enough the host of local DJs taking to the decks throughout the arches, playroom and café bar was unreal. Having been to many a smaller night at arguably Glasgow most famous clubbing venue, I personally love having the full place open, the only problem is deciding which part to check out, but that’s got to be a good problem!
Unfortunately main headliner Sander van Doorn couldn’t make his set, with his plane being grounded at Heathrow. He later tweeted that he arrived in Glasgow at 3.45am; we, alongside lots of other fans, were gutted he didn’t make it but with Gareth Emery playing an extended set and local DJ William Daniel coming back on to close the main arch after Emery, we weren’t left too disappointed with these two brilliant DJs playing tune after tune to ease the pain!
On arrival we stopped off in the dance arch where Andy Raeside was doing a tremendous job of warming up the already bouncing crowd. Andy’s set was a mix of progressive house and driving tech, setting the night up perfectly. I joined in for a sing along to Eric Morillo’s – Live your Life and threw a few shapes when he closed with Jack D’s remix of The Man with The Red Face, before Colours Giovanni Ferri took over.
The main arch was packed early doors with the crowds spilling out into the sides. Gareth Emery hasn’t played the Arches since his debut in December 2009 and it was clear the hordes of clubbers were very grateful for his return. This arch was decked out with lots of number 17s to mark the birthday, making it an amazing site from the back watching throngs of elated people jump around to the talent of Emery. We sang (well mostly shouted!) to Gareth’s ‘Concrete Angel’, due for release later this month and his recent ‘Toyko’ plus a nod to a few of his older productions ‘Sanctuary’, Metropolis’ and ‘Exposure’. Things heated up with a brilliant mix of Coldplays Paradise into Swedish House Mafia vs Knife Party’s Antidote and Underworld anthem Born Slippy. Can’t miss out Avicii’s Levels sending the crowd into a frenzy as it’s doing the world over at the moment.
Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano made their Arches debut in the dance arch after Giovanni Ferri. Having chatted to the guys right before their set it was clear the Dutch duo were right up for another night with us Scots, having told us how much they thoroughly enjoyed playing Coloursfest last June. They smiled and jumped around throughout their set, treating us to superb remixes of Adele’s’ Rolling in the Deep, and Shakedown – At night; before sending the dance arch crazy with Swedish House Mafia v Knife Party Antidote. Hands were right up in the air for their recently released remix of Ferry Corsten’s ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’, and as a personal favourite of mine I was delighted to jump about to this! Jon Mancini took over from there and finished the dance arch off in style, to the customary cries of ‘One More Tune!’
William Daniel seemed more than happy to step back up to the decks in the main arch and close after Gareth Emery’s extended set; he kept the pace up by taking us back a few years with some trance anthems, including Plummet – Damaged, Marberg, Kuau & Albert’s Megashira and Mauro Picotto – Verdi.
At 4am it was time to kiss Colours goodnight and we poured out onto the street happy customers despite the lack of Sander Van Doorn.
With yet another hugely successful birthday party under their belt, we hope Colours have many, many more birthdays to come. We’ll see you down the front next time!