Live: RUDIMENTAL // Alexandra Palace, London
We can ‘Feel The Love’ with Rudimental at Alexandra Palace.
It’s been three years since Rudimental last tore up the people’s palace, bringing their acrobatics and unmatchable energy to the stage in front of 11,000 people. Watching a Rudimental show is like running through a who’s who of the charts from the last half a decade. It would be harder to list off a bunch of names they haven’t collaborated with – something they use heavily to their advantage at their headline shows.
Barely two songs in and long-time pal John Newman pops in for the now iconic Not Giving In, giving both the fans and the part timers something to shout about. Tonight is the second of a two night run at the venue, where last night they were joined on stage by the likes of Ella Henderson.
Somehow Rudimental manage to turn even Tom Walker’s bellowing, heartbreak inducing vocals into upbeat, feel good music as he joins them on-stage for new track Walk Alone.
Hit after hit, the energy never wanes for so much as a second with the four-piece outfit filling the stage with their presence, keeping it fresh and enticing with a different vocalist for each song. It’s more like watching a circus comprised of incredibly talented individuals who are all suspiciously happy to be up there.
The setlist reads like a Hit 40 UK playlist, running through all the essential Ed Sheeran cover tracks Lay It All On Me and Bloodstream, the cover that boosted the song all the way from sixty to two on the UK singles chart back in 2015.
Finishing triumphantly on Feel The Love but returning to an encore of, predictably but effectively, These Days and Waiting All Night Rudimental prove that their newer material has the same punch as the classic tracks that have boosted them and so many breakthrough artists to fame since 2012.
Photos: Anna Smith