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Dutch maestro DJ Tiesto sends Belfast Vital into a spin

Dutch maestro’s fans dance the night away

By Ali Gordon

Some 40,000 revellers danced the night away to trance megastar Tiesto at Vital.

The Dutch DJ headlined the festival at Belfast’s Boucher Road Playing Fields. Tiesto — who was named The Greatest DJ Of All Time in Mixmag’s coveted list — played a varied set which showcased his early trance music as well as his newer hits, such as Red Lights.

Two years ago Tiesto claimed he didn’t want to be “the trance guy” any more and moved his music towards a more house and electronic style.

He felt the change in direction was better suited to festival crowds, like Vital on Saturday night.

The crowd screamed particularly loudly for his 2005 version of classical tune Adagio For Strings, which cemented his spot as a superstar DJ and regular in some of the world’s biggest night clubs.

They also sang along to the Grammy Award winner’s recent songs such as On My Way and Wasted.

In 2015, Tiesto was awarded a Grammy for his remix of John Legend’s All Of Me in the Best Remixed Recording, Non Classical category.

The 48-year-old musician also played a number of songs from his 2014 album A Town Called Paradise, which handed Tiesto his first platinum single in America.

Tiesto told his fans how much he enjoyed his set in Belfast, after headlining last year’s Belsonic festival in the city, which many of them attended.

He has spent most of the summer in Las Vegas, where he is the resident DJ at Hakkasan and Wet Republic at MGM Grand.

His busy tour schedule, playing at festivals across Europe and the US, elevated him to second in the list of the world’s  highest paid DJs behind Calvin Harris.

In the past year, Tiesto has played 134 gigs, earning him a pay day of $39million.

On Saturday night he was supported by Clean Bandit, Robin Schulz, Sigala, Disciples and John Gibbons, who warmed up the crowd on an overcast night in south Belfast.

Clean Bandit enjoyed possibly the biggest cheers of the night as they rattled through their repertoire.

Last year, the band from Cambridge released Rockabye — featuring Anne-Marie and Sean Paul — which became their second UK number one single.

The catchy tune remained at the top spot for a record-breaking nine consecutive weeks and managed to beat off competition from Rag‘n’Bone Man, Little Mix and One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson to become the 2016 Christmas number one.

Clean Bandit, who released their debut album New Eyes in 2014, have now sold over 14 million singles and 1.6 million albums worldwide.

The band, which consists of Grace Chatto and brothers Jack and Luke Patterson, also impressed fans with Symphony and Rather Be.

Another well-received song was Robin Schulz’s version of Mr Probz’s Waves. It became a club favourite in Ibiza in 2014.

Sigala’s Easy Love also had the crowd signing along. The English DJ also played top-five singles Sweet Lovin’ featuring Bryn Christopher and  Say You Do, featuring Imani and DJ Fresh.

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