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Belsonic: Martin Garrix | Review

We went along to see Martin Garrix at Belsonic, here's how we got on!

The sun came out from behind the clouds just as the first fans began to enter the venue. People were in great spirits as they anticipated the night ahead. First on stage was Justin Mylo, a Dutch DJ and producer. He started out performing at local clubs and eventually gained notoriety by collaborating with Martin Garrix himself on the single “Bouncybob”.

He had the crowd bouncing along within a few minutes in a set full of well-known tracks with a mix of his own originals too.

Next up was Don Diablo another Dutch DJ, ranked 15th in DJ Magazines Top 100 DJs – 2016, Diablo thrilled the crowd song after song. Mixing samples from Fat Boy Slim, Gun ‘N’ Roses and even a bit of Coldplay, with some new original songs also thrown into the mix. Diablo is a very active performer, moving around the decks and standing up on speakers to get a better view of fans below.

Half way through his set, he introduced a special guest: ‘his name is the sun’, he said as the sun emerged from behind the clouds again and lit up the stage. Before he left the stage, he made sure he took a picture of the audience to send to his mam.

Finally, as the temperature began to cool, Martin Garrix took the stage. You guessed it, Garrix also hails from the Netherlands and at the age of just 21 he was ranked the number 1 DJ in the Top 100 list of 2016 by DJ Magazine. Beating Don Diablo, who is 16 years his senior. Garrix shot to fame in 2013 after the release of his song ‘Animals’, which now has over 1 billion views on YouTube.

As soon as he walked on stage, the crowd took note, with many leaving their comfortable spots on the grass or by the bar, to join the rest of the crowd in front of the stage. Garrix played hit after hit, with crowds making their voices heard as they sang along. One fan got a bit too excited and managed to scale the stage, being taken away by security just before he managed to snap that coveted selfie.

Garrix did not disappoint, he jumped along with the crowd throughout his set and clearly really enjoyed the Belfast audience. For “Together” fans used their phones to light up the crowd, with confetti spraying the revellers during “There For You”. Flame throwers where a main feature for many of the songs and the night was finished off with a truly spectacular firework display. Fans left overly satisfied from a truly dazzling night.

Photos: Brian Dooley

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