DJ David Guetta has fans in a spin as Belsonic festival ends with a party
On Sunday night, a Frenchman playing other people's records achieved what pop and rock legends including Madness, Thin Lizzy and Tom Jones could not.
Despite healthy attendances all round, superstar DJ David Guetta was the only act to fully sell out his Belsonic 2012 appearance.
The 44-year-old dance music sensation ensured this year's festival went out on a high, figuratively speaking of course.
The area surrounding Custom House Square in Belfast was busy with revellers from early afternoon; by the time gates opened at 6pm the queues snaked round the corner towards Tomb Street, as did the trail of empty bottles.
The brightly coloured clothes, unfeasibly short skirts and — ahem — ‘healthy’ skin tones underlined that this was no goth gig.
Musically, Guetta had only just begun to crank up his set by the time this reviewer's copy was due.
But any act that front-loads his set with some of his biggest hits clearly has the confidence to match his craft.
If the Foo Fighters could be heard as far away as Comber, it's likely Guetta's deafening renditions of Titanium, Wild Ones and Sweat were causing sleepless nights from here to Cork.
Brimming with energy and enthusiasm, and presiding over a spectacular stage show, the permanently grinning headliner had the fans moving throughout with mind-bending beats and anthemic refrains.
It may have been a Sunday, but with Guetta dominating the decks the party seemed set to continue all night.