REVIEW: Duke Dumont at ‘Listen Out’ Sydney
Having produced for the likes of M.I.A, Santigold and Lily Allen, remixed for Haim and AlunaGeorge and released a number one single with over 12 million YouTube views, there’s not much Duke Dumont hasn’t done.
So when the British DJ and 'producer's producer' - real name Adam Dyment – took to the stage at Sydney’s Centennial Park, we’re not surprised he had the crowd absolutely losing their minds.
Dressed in a plain black tee, his hair coiffed and an earring in the left ear, the Duke drifted onto the open-air Antari stage just after 7pm and unleashed what everyone had come to hear – his number one single ‘Need U (100%).’
As purple and red lights tore across the crowd, the Duke, hunched over his decks, let lose the relentless rhythm of the chart-topping track, which features the addictive vocals of Sierra Leonean-born British singer-songwriter A*M*E over a ‘90s house beat.
From there, the producer spun hits like Makam’s ‘What Ya Doin,’ and treated fans to Cajmere’s ‘It's Time for the Percolator.’
Taking time out from mixing between songs, the Duke got a head start on the party by sipping on his drink (stacked high in multiple paper cups), taking photos of crowd-surfers and blowing kisses to fans in the front row (we must admit, we were a little jealous).
Rounding off his set with Julio Bashmore’s ‘Au Seve’ and ear-worming original single ‘The Giver,’ we’re not surprised thousands of house heads showed up to witness the infectious beats of the Duke – the perfect lead into the night's headliner Disclosure.
We’re dubbing him our favourite producer of the summer – and he certainly delivers on the hype.
Stay tuned to MTV.com.au for our exclusive interview with Duke Dumont later this week.
Listen Out will head to Melbourne and Brisbane this weekend – snap up tickets via OzTix.