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Review: Music

David Guetta

David Guetta

Bellahouston Park, Glasgow

Stacey Mullen

Has David Guetta got bored of playing his own records? It would certainly seem so if his set at the Summer Sessions in Glasgow's Bellahouston Park on Saturday night was anything to go by.

When the superstar French house DJ rolls into town, you expect big things. After all, his sound over the last few years has had some of the world's biggest pop stars forming an orderly queue behind his decks.

"David Guetta featuring" has been the prefix for the likes of Rihanna, Akon and Usher. Yet it was those hits that catapulted his name out of the shores of Ibiza which he bizarrely decided to omit from his 90-minute set. There was no Sexy Chick, Whose that Chick? or Without You.

The night started off promisingly with a set from Swedish House Mafia's Steve Angello and a plethora of DJs who have not quite achieved the same level of notoriety.

Dropping Knas reminded the crowd why Angello is a talent in his own right, but it was SHM hits Leave The World Behind and Save The World that really got the crowd bouncing. Remember it was a rave in a park - there is always bouncing.

Guetta started off well with newer hits Shot Me Down and Bad. It might have been Tiesto who filled dancefloors over the summer with his remix of John Legend's All of Me. But Guetta spun his own version of the track, reminded the crowd why he is one of the best producers around.

The set then became bland, with all the usual-suspect dance hits. From Showtek to Calvin Harris, it was all the same songs dance fans have been hearing over and over for the last year. Things started to pick up with Titanium and She Wolf. But the elevated atmosphere was short-lived as he played Wonderwall by Oasis.

We get it - we are in park, people are wearing wellies, it is sort of like a festival - but really there is a time and place, and this wasn't it.

There is no denying Guetta is one of the best producers around, but this show was tired and unimaginative - and left me thinking it is time Guetta goes back to the studio for a bit.

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