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Live: Rudimental

Hackney four-piece grace the Apollo stage.


The O2 Apollo

22nd February 2014


Hackney four-piece Rudimental were always going to put on a good live show. The very nature of their music that consists of high energy D&B drums and a live brass band inevitably placed them in a better position for their music to translate in the grand space of the O2 Apollo than more understated acts. However few could have predicted the outstanding quality of performance that had the whole audience on their feet and DJ Locksmith topless and dripping with sweat.

Kicking off with pop-based anthem ‘Right Here‘, the track-list alternated between album favourites and lesser known songs such as ‘Spoons’ and ‘More Than Anything’. This kept the audience engaged in anticipation for the performance of BRIT-award winning single ‘Waiting All Night’ that concluded the show. Although there was an air of hopeful, although perhaps unrealistic, expectation amongst the audience of a surprise guest performance by Ella Eyre or John Newman, the featured singers placated this disappointment with outstanding vocal performances unfazed by the size of accompanying live band.

Furthermore, an unexpected Disco version of ‘Hell Could Freeze’ in which silver disco-balls and multicoloured lighting transformed the Apollo into what resembled Seventies tribute night, spiced up the set list of what ultimately is a fantastic, if not slightly repetitive album.

Between songs, there were a couple of dull moments in which a band interlude would have gone a long way, but ultimately these were few and far between. Rudimental gave an excellent performance in which they proved their worth as one of the UK’s most exciting live acts today and promised great things for their summer performance at Parklife.