You know, in Glasgow, the weather is pretty much wet most of the time. It’s part of the reason that it’s called the Dear Green Place – it rains quite a lot and that’s why the city’s parks and plant life always look so fantastic. Contrary to this though, the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May regularly seemed to be the exception. For the past couple of years the weather has been tremendous – it’s been sunny and temperatures have been in the high-teens / low-20s, which is tropical for its citizens! And, part of enjoying this weather phenomenon is heading down to the Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival at the Riverside Museum, situated on the banks of the River Clyde.
But, it wasn’t to last. After a fairly decent week prior to the event kicking off on Saturday 25 May 2019, the Weather Gods decided that the festival’s run of good weather should come to an end, and boy did they hit back with a vengeance! Saturday’s event was freezing and pretty much rained for most of the day! Also, the shit hand dealt continued with two huge sporting events taking place during the day and evening of the event – the Scottish Cup Final and the Pro14 Rugby Final, both events attracting around 100,000 people combined.
So, the weather’s shit, which impacts on any last-minute entries; there’s two huge events taking place, which take away lots of potential customers, so it must have been a disaster, right?
Actually no. Although slightly quieter than last year’s Saturday, thousands of clubbers in Central Scotland had no fucks to give as they turned up and danced in the rain all day! The warmest places to be were at the stages as everyone squeezed together to enjoy all the artists’ music.
The main stage was where we spent most of our time and you would never be aware of all the factors that seemed to be going against the event being a success. The atmosphere was electric and by the time local boy, Denis Sulta, came on to close the stage, the work done by the DJs before him ensured the audience were there for the taking!
Starting off on a disco vibe, he proceeded to mix various genres of music in his set, much with an underlying techno vibe. We also heard The Chemical Brothers and The Shapeshifters thrown into the mix too, which all added to the fantastic atmosphere.
With the final day today and the weather showing just a slight chance of rain, you may be asking yourself should you head down? Abso-fucking-lutely! Due to many people being off work on Monday, the Sunday is always rammed and with just a few tickets left on the door, today’s party looks set to sell out at any moment.
Get yourself down there and show your support. This is local promoters bringing you some of the best techno DJs on the planet and if you’re from Glasgow, it’s right on your doorstep. Don’t miss this. If you do and you start seeing the thousands of people posting from the event online later today, you’ll be raging! You’ve been warned!
Get your tickets on the Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival Facebook page.
*Denis Sulta at Riverside Festival (image courtesy of Riverside Festival Facebook page)