The Scottish godfather of electronic dance music is back in full force after 18 months of ‘soul destruction’.
Motherwell man Ricky Magowan runs Colors, the nation’s largest dance music promoter, responsible for huge events that draw thousands of revelers and the world’s biggest name DJs from all EDM genres.
More than a year and a half has passed since Colors’ last big event, but he is now busy preparing for next Saturday’s Coloursfest event in Braehead.
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International artists including happy hard-core band Scooter from Germany, Australian hardstyle DJs Code Black and Ben Nicky, and Brennan Heart from the Netherlands, will join local heroes such as Will Atkinson and George Bowie to sing the tunes at the 5,000-seat Braehead Waterfront.
Originally slated to take place in July, the event has been postponed due to Covid restrictions.
Ricky admits it’s been “damn tough” for the past 18 months.
He said: “It’s not just a business, it’s been my whole life since I was 20 years old.
“The worst part is that every time the ‘road map’ was published or there was a discussion about exiting the lockdown, there was no mention of the reopening of places or events. live music allowed to unfold, for a long time there was no light at the end of the tunnel, nothing to work towards.
Ricky has been behind the majority of the major dance events that have taken place in the country over the past three plus decades, and it is now 26 years since Colors first launched.
He was at the forefront of the dance music revolution in Scotland in the late 1980s as the founder of Streetrave, which diverged into Colors. Streetrave still holds special events and celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2019.
“From Motherwell to Miami!” We have had some crazy and unforgettable moments over the past 30 years, ”admitted Ricky.
“Ibiza, Barcelona, Madrid, New York and many more places, it’s a huge source of pride to have built a brand that is so well respected that it can maintain itself in some of the main hotspots in the world. “
During the lockdown, Colors and Streetrave continued to invite renowned DJs and Scottish artists to perform for online charity events, which included a fundraiser for Chris’s House in Wishaw.
Ricky added, “Sometimes I felt like charity flows were the only things that kept us sane. We have raised over £ 100,000 for local charities which is a huge achievement. Being able to work on something that had such a positive impact was good for the soul during a really difficult time.
Ricky now wants to get back to what he and his team do best, full production live events at the best venues across the country.
“There was no way we were letting over 30 years of hard work fall apart,” Ricky said.
“We haven’t danced for 18 months, so it’s time to pull out your pajamas and go to a club or a concert. Not only do you support the promoters, but you also support the artists, the venue staff and the production guys.
After the Braehead Festival, he inspired many big names to perform at Trancefest on September 18th at SWG3 in Glasgow. Carl Cox also plays there on the September holiday weekend, an event that sold out in record time. And before that, the legendary Pete Tong is heading north for a Colors House Party at the same location on Friday, September 10th.
Colorsfest takes place on Saturday September 11 from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
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