Don Diablo is in a league of his own, a rare breed of artist so to speak. Where many may focus their attention on chart-topping hits and selling out the world’s biggest stages, Don Diablo sets his focus on producing music from the heart and his interactions with fans. Take his most recent album for example – Future – an intense assembly of 16 tracks with each production individually captivating the listener from start to finish.
His authenticity as an artist elevated to new heights following the announcement of his Better Future tour. A month of music where Don Diablo played more intimate venues around Europe for a charitable cause, as all the ticket proceeds went to the Dutch Cancer Society (KWF). Giving something back to his dedicated fans it was no surprise that all tickets were snatched up in quick succession with some enthusiasts choosing to donate proceeds beyond the face-value ticket prices themselves.
That said, catching Don Diablo in the final leg of his tour was a no-brainer as he took to the intimate setting of Gorilla nightclub in the Northern city centre of Manchester. The unsurprisingly cold spring evening could not deter any single Hexigonian on the night with spirits soaring high among each and every fan. Without doubt Gorilla’s cosy 600-capacity venue lent its hand to the close-knit and friendly conditions inside. However, geared up in their Don attire and raring to go it was time for the Dutchman to enter.
As darkness fell inside the venue, the visual display amped up tensions and excitement among Hexagonians with an intense opening scheduled display. A countdown ensued the main man himself entered on stage dropping ‘You Cant Change Me‘ as the track of choice to get the night underway.
Putting on quite the show, Manchester was fired up with the artist dropping plenty of music from his album ‘Future’. Tracks such as ‘Head Up‘ with James Newman and ‘Don’t Let Go‘ featuring Holly Winter put smiles on the Mancunian crowd. One thing that cannot be taken away from Hexigonians is how united they are as a fanbase, all there for the love of Don Diablo’s music which makes for the perfect music atmosphere.
The music producer treated fans to some old classic anthems such as the feel-good ‘Children Of A Miracle‘ and the bassy hard-hitting track ‘My Window‘. Fan favourite ‘What We Started‘ echoed through the venue with every single fan singing along as the Union Jack waved on display. Don Diablo surprised fans with an old-school track produced in the early Diablo days, the trappy beats of ‘M1 Stinger‘ elated the joyous crowd stimulating the hype inside the room. Surprising those in attendance further, Don bought on stage collaborator and singer Bullysongs to deliver their track ‘Everybody’s Somebody‘.
Taking a step back and getting intimate with the crowd, Don Diablo turned down the atmosphere as he played his heartfelt track ‘The Artist Inside‘ featuring JP Cooper. Together the whole of Gorilla felt united more than ever before on the night with fans smiles permanently shining on their faces. Overall the opportunity to be part of the Better Future tour will sit with fans for years to come. The irreplaceable memories and connections made between fans, Don Diablo, and the music will be cherished forever. With the Better Future tour over, Don Diablo said:
The BETTER FUTURE tour has officially ended. I have seen cities I have never been before and learned a lot about human nature, both positive and negative. It was an adventure that came with many challenges, to say the least. But in the end seeing so many smiling faces and working hard for an important cause made it all worth while. Thanks so much to everyone that was a part of this. I hope we will all move forward with the desire to contribute to a BETTER FUTURE, because life is short and together we can actually make a difference if we open up our hearts and give it a try, even if it’s simply through treating every single person with kindness and respect. We all fight our own battle each and every day. Everybody’s somebody, nobody’s nobody. Love you guys.