Live review: Rudimental at Academy, 24/2/14

r5Past three years have seen a meteoric rise to success for London dance multi instrumentalists Rudimental.

It has been a journey that has included Brits, both number one albums and singles, and most recently a sell out tour around the whole of the UK.

Upon entering the Academy tonight, the first thing that can be noticed is the melting pot of a crowd who have embarked upon the quartet, with both a mixture of contemporary popular music fans and arguably those with a little bit more of a fine turning to the ears, that both these audiences have been nailed by the band is perhaps the biggest explanation to the hype and adulation currently surrounding Rudimental.

Opening with a splicing intro of intrinsic instrumental bliss; the band quickly garner a capitulation of energy and drive as they fire through a back catalogue of smash hits, which include the likes of 2012 hit ‘Feel the Love’ and most recent contagious number ‘Waiting All Night’.

At times the London party starters are joined by jazz sections, dancers of all shapes and sizes, caressed together by some fantastically contagious beats and stunningly visceral backdropped visuals as they show off meaty cuts from platinum 2013 effort Home.

Currently in the UK, there is nobody who mashes genres as effectively and commercially successfully as Rudimental, whether you find them irritatingly catchy or harmonically pleasing, there won’t be many arguments that if you were at the show tonight, chances are, you left with a massive smile on your face.

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Words: Chris Kelman
Photos: Ken Tosh

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