Rudimental had Newcastle dancing the fuck out of the O2 Academy last night (11th June) as the quartet continued their UK headline tour. Bringing their ridiculously energetic carnival esque live show along with them, the group had no less than nine musicians on stage throughout the gig. Using guitars, drums, keys, trumpets, barrels and even spoons (aptly used during the track Spoons) – Rudimental’s live show is certainly eclectic.
The London outfit produced a searing feel-good, party atmosphere. Clearly relishing every morsel of success they currently enjoy, the group all had smiles plastered across their faces from ear to ear from start to finish.
DJ Locksmith would frequently take to the mic to hype up the crowd into ever-growing levels of madness, with obligatory shout outs such as “YEAH” and “WE LOVE YOU”. Locksmith would frequently prompt the crowd into mass arm-swaying and clapping, with all obliging to join in. He also asked the crowd “Are we free to be who we want to be? Are we free to do what we want to do?” before the group broke into their track Free, off of their recent album Home.
The largest reactions of the night were reserved for the group’s monster summer hits: Not Giving In, Waiting All Night and Feel The Love. Feel The Love’s trumpet riff was even placed in other tunes the group played – teasing the crowd for the inevitable ruckus set to come. And when it finally came, the level of energy and movement inside the O2 was utterly thrilling to be a part of. It was a mass-jumping frenzy. John Newman did not appear, nor did any other contributors off of Home (such as Emili Sandé and Alex Clare), but the vocalists Rudimental are taking on tour are certainly up to the task.
Rudimental’s infectious cocktail of genres (incorporating dubstep, drum and bass, soul, jazz, house and R&B) and their belief in the power of collaboration has scored them great commercial success. And if their upbeat, fast-tempo show at the O2 Academy is anything to go by, this group are one to watch. If I had to gripe, the show was a bit on the brief side, with Rudimental only being present for roughly an hour and a half(ish). But of course, with only one album under their belts, this would be expected.
Regardless, people of all ages, from teenagers all the way to the middle-aged, were present at the gig. This level of universal popularity is sure to do them nothing but favours. Surely larger stages beckon for the London outfit?