REVIEW: Rudimental live at the Enmore Theatre
If you’re ever feeling low and in need of an injection of good vibes to pick you back up, Rudimental is your band. Hands down, no question, just do it.
Hitting the stage at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre last night as part of their lengthy tour Down Under, the UK genre-blenders emanated nothing but electrifying energy throughout their set – not only through the heavy vibration of the amps and their stunningly flawless vocals, but through the way they lifted up the crowd and had the dance floor feeling like it could split apart at any second.
With a total of nine band members on stage, Rudimental were simply incredible to watch and were on form from the second they literally bounced out onto the stage. Listening to this group on your headphones or in the car is nothing compared to what they’re able to bring to a live set.
Kicking things off with ‘Give You Up’ and moving into ‘Right Here,’ it was impressive to hear how many different sounds the band could produce simply by adding in a trumpet solo or switching up the lead vocalists. Hey, they even managed to play the spoons together at one point.
One of the first major crowd-pleasers of the night was ‘Not Giving In,’ which had the crowd jumping as high as they could amongst the mash of tightly packed bodies. But it was ‘Hell Could Freeze’ that drew one of the biggest applauses of the night.
The band launched into the track by breaking away from the soulful vocals of the two female singers and instead showing off their hip-hop skills. But midway through the song, the rapping gave way to a disco flavour that would make Nile Rodgers proud – spinning lights and disco balls galore.
DJ Locksmith introduced the next track ‘Free’ by announcing it was to be the next single in Australia, and dedicating the song to “Zach and his family who are with us right now. We are free because of you!” he yelled out into the crowd.
Towards the middle of the track, the hype-man got onto the mic once again and challenged: “If you’re free right now, I want to see some people get on some shoulders!” – and so the shoulder-dancing began.
Following a cover of The Fugees ’ hit ‘Ready or Not,’ the band played their first big smash, ‘Feel The Love,’ with DJ Locksmith plucking an adorable 10-year-old boy from the crowd to join Rudimental on stage for the entire song. It was fair to say the wee lad was slightly bewildered at first, but after receiving a round of high-fives from the band he seemed to find his groove (and no doubt had a sweet story for show and tell this morning).
The term ‘genre-blenders’ is certainly the only way to describe this group and if you ever get a chance to see them live, we’re sure you’ll agree. That said, make sure you add Rudimental to your bucket list of must-see concerts – it’ll be one heck of a party.