I wasn’t sure how the night of this gig would go. I hadn’t listened to Rudimental in a while, definitely hadn’t blasted Sneaky Sound System in even longer, and there’s always a little concern around Sunday concerts at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.
Who’s gonna turn up? When’s the last time Sneaky Sound System released music? Aren’t Rudimental just four dudes with drum and bass? Who sings?
The answers: Some really cool people, 2018 with Can’t Help The Way I Feel, and yes but also an amazing touring ensemble.
Walking in to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on the 2nd of June to see the wonder that is Connie Mitchell, the vocals of Sneaky Sound System, performing settles any doubt in my mind that that night was gonna be a good one. Reminding us all of the throwback that is UFO, an Aussie pop classic, Sneaky Sound System truly worked up the mixed crowd for the main event.
Hailing from Hackney, London, if you don’t know who Rudimental are you’ve definitely heard their music. Piers Aggett, Amir Amor, Kesi Dryden and DJ Locksmith make up drum and bass band Rudimental. Over the years they’ve collaborated with some amazing vocalists. Emeli Sandé, Ed Sheeran, Jess Glynne, Lianne Le Havas and Macklemore are just some of the names. With a collab list like that, you gotta wonder how the concert would go and sound. Was Ed Sheeran somehow in Adelaide and would be performing?
My concerns became nonexistent the moment they started. Kicking it off with New Day, the East Londoners had us all captivated from the very beginning. And there was no sign of them letting go. Diving straight into 2013 track Right Here, Rudimental showed their Adelaide audience that they were right there for a night they wouldn’t forget.
New Day, Not Giving In, Human, the names of some of the songs they played, all showed us Rudimental’s eclectic sound with a thriving brass section, stunning vocalists, and the pulsing mixes that they’re known for. People, including me, lost it at the remix of Ed Sheeran’s Bloodstream. It was easily the track that got people locked in and calling for more right up till the time for an encore came; a call that was dubbed the loudest of their Australian tour.
What really got me was the messaging in some of Rudimental’s songs, both old and new. Tracks like Free and Toast To Our Differences, the title track of the new album, brought a sense of shared values and acceptance to the room. Rudimental were able to bring the same multiculturalism and diversity that is so present in their music and streets of their hometown in London.
If it was their intention to bring that little piece of home and share it with the crowd at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre? Then mission achieved. Rudimental truly had us toasting to our differences.