Even a few hours before French house DJ David Guetta was set to play his first gig in India in the NCR on Friday as part of the 2012 edition of the Eristoff Invasion festival,there was a sense of skepticism in the hearts of 8000-plus crowd gathered at the Huda Grounds,Gurgaon. It was the same venue that witnessed the Metallica fiasco in October last year reinforcing that the NCR was an unsuitable venue for hosting international gigs. But once the Grammy-winning DJ (who is the worlds number 1 DJ according to British monthly magazine,DJMag) took the stage,many sighed in relief as the musical treat for the Delhities began.
Entry gates were opened at 3 pm and two Indian artistes,Dualist Inquiry and Nucleya,opened the act for Guetta. The gig began sharp at 8 pm as per schedule and Guetta played a two-hour long set comprising all his worldwide hits as well as a few underground tracks. The 44-year-old began with Getting over you and then went to on play some interesting mixes of his popular tracks such as Love is gone,Without you,Give me everything tonight and Sexy bitch,followed by Memories. The cherry on the cake was his Grammy-winning track,When love takes over,which had the audience dancing to an upbeat house sound with a lot of scratching technique. Guetta even gave a glimpse of mixing two songs live by cutting them. He finished the night with a befitting last song,Tonights gonna be a good night.
Enthusiastic behind the console,Guetta jumped and danced as he mixed the songs and often took to the mic. I love Delhi. I want to remember this forever. I didnt know what to expect 600 people or 6000 people,I didnt know people in this country knew my music so well, he said.
The crowd was at their enthusiastic best most sporting psychedelic,blue and red retro shades and funky head accessories,everybody danced,jumped and screamed Guetta. The festival was well-organised with banners put up on the roads directing people to the venue,separate ticket lanes leading from the entry and security checks were there at seven places. The organisers,Only Much Louder,were smart enough to not over-sell tickets beyond ground capacity. In fact,the ground had enough empty space to hold a few more thousands. However,a cemented concert ground is of utmost importance for such gigs as the dust cloud was a dampener. All in all,the Guetta gig lived up to the hype it created.