MUSIC REVIEW: RUDIMENTAL, AEC THEATRE, 2019

There was no such thing as the Sunday night blues at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre last night when London-based drum and bass act Rudimental took centre stage. In a high-octane show, the four-piece outfit, known for their iconic collaborations with some of music’s biggest names, played hit after hit, keeping the crowd moving from start to finish.

Supporting Rudimental were Aussie dance duo Sneaky Sound System, a permanent fixture on the dance charts in the noughties. Opening with the psychedelic “Summertime Madness”, vocalist Connie Mitchell had the audience singing along to each catchy tune. The songstress looked ethereal, adorned in white, and took the Entertainment Centre crowd on a journey of their hits, including ‘Big’, ‘Pictures’ and ‘I Love It’. Finishing with the iconic ‘UFO’, Sneaky Sound System were the perfect, high energy opener for the UK act.

Rudimental’s tour Toast to Our Differences, named after their recent album, was exactly that; a celebration of the diversity and musicianship of the group. If the music didn’t speak for itself – which is most definitely did – then one quarter of the outfit, Piers Aggett, certainly won over the crowd in his Adelaide United getup.

Renowned for their collaborations, I was curious to see how their songs would translate without Mackelmore, Ed Sheeran and Emelie Sande at the helm. I needn’t have worried. Rudimental are a supremely talented foursome, and were supported by outstanding guest vocalists. Beats, such as ‘Sun Comes Up’, ‘Not Giving In’ and Sheeran’s ‘Bloodstream’ were popular crowd favourites, as was the song which brought them to prominence in 2012, ‘Feel the Love’.

Leaving the crowd cheering for more, the act returned for a rousing encore of the Mackelmore hit “These Days”, then finishing with the climatic ‘Waiting All Night’.

There’s a reason why this four-piece electronic group have experienced such success over the past eight years. Their energy, enthusiasm and ability to enthral kept the audience buzzing well after their departure. There can be no doubt that Rudimental will continue to remain a tour de force in the music scene for years to come.

5 stars

Rachel Gould

 

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