Gig Review by Alex Gothard with Photography by Bianca Barrett

Rudimental

Blissfully unaware of Rudimental’s new album release, I felt somewhat ignorant turning up to Rock City as a follower of the band rather than a fanatic. Hitting the music scene in 2012 their drum’n’base rhythms remind me of my summer nights back at high school; times I cherish and was in hope of reliving at the gig.

Rudimental

Now, I always do my research checking whether the support act is going to be worth turning up early for or merely skipping. Anne-Marie caught my eye with her edgy and quirky style matching her flawless voice. Apologising for her being ill at the gig, the upcoming songstress powered on through performing ‘Do it right’ and ‘Boy’. With only performing 3 songs, I felt a longer set was needed to show off her talent, but with being ill she made the best out of a bad situation. Despite this, the crowd fist pumped away to her songs, and she did a pretty good job of pumping the atmosphere up.

Anne-Marie

Anne-Marie

Looking around, I was surprised at how much of an older crowd Rudimental have, which was unexpected bearing in mind their genre. I soon figured out why the band had a mature following due to their heavy based beats being mellowed out and being replaced with a jazzy vibe.

Rudimental

Rudimental

Waiting around an hour for the band to reveal themselves to the eager yet freezing fans (the air con was turning the room into the North Pole), the crowd quite literally roared when they heard the beat of the opening song ‘Right Here’.

Rudimental

Rudimental

Will Heard, a vocalist working alongside the band created a hippy laid back atmosphere on stage, dancing around freely to the music much to our entertainment. Heard’s onstage persona radiated out to the fans creating a humble yet energetic performance.

Rudimental

Rudimental

I really felt that the band are proud of their work and appreciated such a large crowd to experience their new album live. Being a sold-out gig, the band were genuinely shocked at the turn out, shouting out to the crowd “we were not expecting this!” Performing a total of 16 songs, combining new and old songs they pleased us all. Much as I hate to admit, I’m that girl who could only sing away to the band’s most popular hits.

Rudimental

Rudimental

The fans weren’t letting the band off lightly and chanted for an encore. “We want more, we want more, we want more” echoed throughout the venue and much to the fans excitement the band returned. Finishing off with their number one chart hit ‘Waiting all night’, the crowd went mental for the last time, leaving the atmosphere booming and smiles all round.

Rudimental

Rudimental

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