REVIEW: RUFUS at ‘Listen Out’ Sydney
They may have had an early timeslot, but that didn’t stop punters at ‘Listen Out’ festival in Sydney from treating RUFUS’ set like the best dance party of all time.
The Sydney alternative dance outfit had the crowd wrapped around their little finger as soon as they took the stage to kick off their set – with hyped up fans running at high speed and pushing through the dancing people to get amongst the action on the Atari stage.
The energy from the thousands of punters was electric, as girls got up on shoulders, hands flew in the air and floral wreathes flew off heads in the powerful mid-afternoon wind that kept the crowd cool as they fought for space in the thick of the party.
Engaging with the audience throughout their set, the band introduced tracks, giving their fans an insight into the inspiration behind the music.
“This next one’s about sleeping in on a Sunday,” they yelled, with great applause from the crowd, as they launched into ‘Sundream.’
Later on, long-time RUFUS fans were treated to the “older” track ‘Tonight,’ a song which they band described as “more of a party tune” – cue yet more screams and jostling as the number of girls up shoulder dancing seemed to increase by the second.
While there’s no doubt the band had the crowd enthralled throughout their set, when RUFUS played their radio jams ‘Take Me’ and ‘Desert Night’ for the finale, the audience didn’t want to be anywhere in the world but right there in the moment.
It’s easy to see how RUFUS have been selling out shows across Australia and why there has been so much hype surrounding their performance at ‘Big Day Out 2014’. Their indie-pop jams are unpretentious, fun and uplifting, and could not have been more fitting for the vibe at ‘Listen Out.’
There’s no doubt ‘Big Day Out’ will be next level.
Listen Out will head to Melbourne and Brisbane this weekend – snap up tickets via OzTix.