By Chris Flockhart
Rudimental poured onto the stage at a sold out O2 Academy Glasgow crowd on a cold February night. To heat things up, the 10 strong group blazed right in with a cool groove and funk beginning, before the talented horn section took over and cranked things up a notch. As the crowd geared up for a near 2 hour set of jungle beats, they appeared enthused and energised as DJ Locksmith screamed to the crowd ”welcome to Rudimental!”
Performing most of their debut and chart number 1 album, snare and guitar jingling synth driven Rudimental appeared at ‘Home’ on stage in the south side of Glasgow as the crowd began to throw their hands in the air to album favourites Home and Right Here. Without vocal support from chart sensation, John Newman and Alex Clare the group came together to change the deficit and slammed through the tracks with pulsating exuberance including a twist of jazz, gospel, and electronic vibes.
Working tirelessly at the side of the stage are key players and bass players as the lights resemble a 90s rave. They stroll effortlessly and energetically through chart classics Not Giving In, Feel the Love, and Powerless as Locksmith demands the crowd’s interaction and splits them right down the middle for participation. Disco lights bounce around the entire venue as the horn players take the spotlight and perform a couple of free jazz style solos much to the crowd’s amazement, while Locksmith shouts “take it to the roof”. Performing old classic Spoons, fellow producers Piers and Kesi sign for the crowd to bounce and grind as drinks are thrown back and forth.
Everyone starts stamping their feet in anticipation and as the group re-emerge from backstage, the screams from the crowd are almost deafening. There was only going to be one song to finish this colourful set. The crowd had been Waiting All Night for this finale and as the song began the lights brightened and drumming echoed through the academy. The entire group shift forward to the front of the stage and take a bow as the crowd bursts in to raptures enjoying the peak of their sensation.
Rudimental are mental and they will also continue to conquer during the rest of their UK tour. The band will not have much time to settle at ‘Home’, as come October they will be touring again with John Newman.