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TEARAWAY Maverick ANNA HENVEST checks out the British electronic quartet.

Last week I attended a rave at Vector Arena, headed by four-piece electro-pop masters, Rudimental. They treated us to a party, making a crowd of thousands go wild for both their popular and underground jams.

The concert was free-flow, meaning that you could choose between seats or moshing as the night went on. I thought this was great, given it was such a high-intensity experience, and some people needed a bit of a ‘chill-out’ zone.

We arrived at Vector Arena about half an hour before the doors opened and were met by a crowd of no more than 100 already lined up. We chose to mosh, and ran in with the other 18-to-20-somethings as the doors opened. We were front row of the moshpit, which was a crazy experience in itself.

First to open was Gorgon City. This duo from the UK had a pretty simple set. Although they were clearly talented at making electro-beats, they didn’t add a huge amount to the pre-gig excitement. Plus, a little banter never hurt anyone and the crowd interaction was pretty minimal, aside from a two finger, pointed fist pump when a bass drop was on its way. It was clear, from the somewhat negative feedback in the mosh, that the crowd struggled to get into Gorgon City’s set.

Next was support from Naughty Boy. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. I knew nothing of Naughty Boy apart from his irritatingly catchy track, La La La. With support from an incredible female lead and his band, Naughty Boy played a combination of covers and his own songs, including the ones created with Emile Sandé. Though Sandé couldn’t be on tour with him, he still performed tracks such as Wonder and Lifted without the star. He had great interaction with the crowd and encouraged singalongs. He also performed two amazing covers, one of Adele’s Rolling In The Deep and Daft Punk’s Get Lucky. Ten out of ten, Naughty Boy. When the time comes for you to headline your own show, I’ll be there – front row.

Next there was a 30-minute change over. Though I understand technical aspects had to be changed between sets, it looked as though this was completed after a mere ten minutes and the crowd was left just waiting for Rudimental to arrive. The crowd was ready to go and had already done the ‘the-main-event-is-coming-we-better-charge’ mosh tactic, meaning we were packed like little sardines for quite some time.

Rudimental waltzed onstage at 9:15pm and began to play Right Here. This was a good track to start with, as everyone in the audience had heard it before, although only the truly dedicated knew all the words. It was upbeat and energetic, which was great for an opening track.

They then played the cool and fairly calm More Than Anything which brought the energy down to a mellow level. After this we were given a warm welcome, and told of how excited the group were to be there. Following this, there was some banter about how much DJ Locksmith liked to spoon late at night; a humorous segue into their track Spoons.

Various tracks off their debut album, Home were then performed, and although they’re great tracks on the recording, it did feel like they were actually playing filler tracks live. This is where I tip my hat to Naughty Boy, and I think the Rudimental guys could have done a little more experimenting with their live performances and covers to keep the audience enticed. By 9:45pm, we were ready to hear a single. DJ Locksmith addressed the crowd and dedicated the upcoming track to his four-year-old son, and a collective ‘awwww’ was heard from every female surrounding me.

Then Rudimental played Not Giving In, which went down a treat. In my opinion, after that track was performed the audience got much more ‘into’ the gig, and were reminded why they spent their $85. The mellow Powerless brought the crowd back down again, and we were then treated to singles like Free and Feel The Love.

But there was one song we were all there for. The Brit Award-winning Best Single Of The Year, Waiting All Night. After a tease finish, Rudimental said their goodbyes and left the stage. Fair to say, the crowd was in a state of distress and yelling out the lyrics to their favourite track. The screams of “Encore! Encore!” clearly got backstage though, and the whole band came back on for the outstanding 15-minute encore.

Rudimental’s band is also worth a mention here. All were dressed like cool, underground hipsters and at times they had synchronised dance moves. It’s fair to say these guys were all pretty cool. The whole band got really into the last track, and (cue cheesiness) it was a great thing to just step back and take a look around to see thousands of people all smiling and having a great time.

By 11:00pm, we had sore voices from yelling lyrics, tired calves from all the jumping and were dripping in sweat; everything you’d expect from a great gig.

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