A deluge of dance fanatics descended on Braehead on Saturday for the annual Coloursfest event. The festival, hosted by Scottish promoters Colours, boasted a huge multi-national line-up as well as the best of the local talent. The temperamental Scottish weather held out and spot of sunshine allowed thousands of willing ravers to lose their “taps” and their inhibitions over the course of the 11 hour show.
STV Clubs’ team of raving reporters were welcomed by John O’Callaghan in the main arena, where we put our hands in the air and sang along to Lange - Follow Me (Hughes & Ballantine Remix) and joined the Trance Family into a frenzy when JOC dropped his classic Big Sky (Agnelli and Nelson remix).
We were then coaxed along to the House of Colours stage by the unmistakeable sounds and sight of La Fuente, as he spun a series of his favoured tracks backed up by his awesome afro. The Dutchman seems another highly promising individual to come out of his homeland and has linked up with compatriot Laidback Luke to release a few tracks via Mixmash Records. Fuente had the crowed in a spin as he Bang Banged out his most popular track which included an injection of the timeless Basement Jaxx vocal Where’s Your Head At?
As La Fuente’s set came to an end we could already feel the enthusiasm for the terrific Tommy Trash, making his Coloursfest debut after having a big impact on the dance scene over the past few years.
On a judgemental first sight he looks like a guitar playing rock star, however the perception suddenly changed as he dropped his creative mix of his own huge Cascade tune intertwined with vocals from Calvin Harris. He followed up with a bootleg of Gotye’s - Somebody That I Used to Know with backing vocals from the noisy crowd inside the tent which was now packed to it’s pegs. The Aussie was really taking his debut by storm and clearly perspired passion as he swung his head in tandem with the bass.
We caught up with Tommy right after his set (you can read his interview here) and we can lay testament to the fact he LOVED his debut Coloursfest performance. He took to facebook later to say ‘Finally got to experience the Scottish "here we, here we, here we…!" and I must say... it totally lived up to expectations.’
As we exited the intensity of the House of Colours arena, the dance diversity of the acts on show became apparent as the more hardcore element lapped up a host of Darren Styles classics by the water with some extreme jumping and fist pumping.
An all together different style was next on the agenda as EDM legend Paul Van Dyk blessed the ears of the Main Arena with a few tracks from his new album Evolution. PVD then dropped a classic in the shape of Time of Our Lives, apt for the hundreds of followers immersed in a state of euphoria.
STV Clubs’ very own Queen Of Clubs, LOCA was on at the same time as PVD, in the Nu Generation arena. She opened with a bang, as Audioerotique - Turn Up The Volume got some seated ravers up and back on the floor. We bounced around to Cedric Gervais – Molly and David Guetta & Nicky Romero – Metropolis. LOCA finished with a brand new remix of a golden oldie: Planet Perfecto - Bullet in the Gun (Rob Guson remix).
The dynamic Dutchman Laidback Luke was the penultimate act on the main stage and set about stamping his authority with a series of fat tunes before introducing a few outstanding vocal mixes, including his take on Tiesto and Coloursfest performer Mark Knight’s Beautiful World.
The set continued in this vein, an All of the Lights remix boomed out followed by Benny Benassi’s - Cinema which always seems to be a crowd favourite. The intensity began to grow as Luke churned out beat after beat; last summers LBL remix of Wynter Gordon’s - Dirty Talk and Example’s - Natural Disaster didn’t allow any rest for the crowd; culminating in the drop of Chuckie and Hardwell’s massive collaboration which allowed the unequivocal crowd to Move it to the Drum. Luke’s very own Timebomb then went off and polished off his inspiring set in order to Hardwell to bring Coloursfest to a close.
Thanks to Colours for another amazing Coloursfest by the Clyde.... Roll on 2013!