IT’S not often a support act is in danger of outshining the star of the show - but David Guetta came pretty close.
The French producer put in a high-octane performance warming up the Rihanna crowds before he jetted off for a set in Ibiza the same night.
And the man who honed his sound on the White Isle brought a flavour of its party spirit to Wearside.
I wasn’t sure how club tracks would translate in the cavernous stadium but the floppy-haired DJ managed to make it feel like an intimate dance floor.
This is a man who has somewhat of a Midas touch when it comes to producing tracks, with a raft of memorable hits under his belt - so many, in fact, that he couldn’t shoe-horn them all into just a one hour set.
The ones we were treated to though were jam-packed with energy and enthusiasm.
Opening number Play Hard, featuring Ne-Yo and Akon, set the scene as he whipped the crowd who were filtering into the stadium into a sea of jumping bodies.
Even the biggest of acts have lulls in their sets. Not so with Guetta who maintained an exhilarating pace through tracks such as Sweat, Turn Me On and Titanium.
As he manned the decks, plumes of smoke and red ribbons billowed into the audience and he did a much better job than RiRi in engaging the crowd.
“Can you jump?” he yelled at them and jump they did, with some busting out moves that would put Dave the Rave to shame.
I was sorry to see Guetta leave the stage - he was more than capable of stepping out from Rihanna’s shadow to headline.