All photos by Jonathan James, @trapdoorproject on Instagram.
Show reviewed on February 20, 2019 at the Entertainment Centre’s Theatre.
Rather ambitious, on the busiest week of Fringe, as well as a Wednesday night to hold a concert, but it’s a testament to Rüfüs Du Sol‘s fans that the show sold out ages ago.
The Sydney natives, Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George and James Hunt, on their Solace tour, kicked off in Adelaide at the entertainment centre.
The Aussie electronic boom and future of the genre was majorly present in the supporting acts. Early arrivals headed straight to the Theatre to catch their sets before the mass crowd heading for Rüfüs rocked up.
And when they came on, there was something refreshing about Rüfüs’ performance. No unnecessary breaks for overworked speeches, just a damn good time and music that’s played with the love and enthusiasm that’s present on the record.
As expected, we pretty much went through the tracklist of Solace, with a few popular songs from previous EP’s Bloom and a favourite hit from Atlas featured.
Throughout the concert, it became clear just how many songs from Solace are majorly beloved, from Treat You Better to Lost In My Mind and my personal favourite, New Sky, there wasn’t a song played that was missable.
And a testament to their setlist, I couldn’t justify leaving at any point to relieve my bladder. A misjudgement on my part on how many drinks I could walk in with and the heinous line to the ladies.
Location wise, the main theatre in the entertainment centre did get packed, thankfully with enough space to dance. An open sky would’ve been welcome, considering the perfect weather and more in line with their indie-house atmosphere, but the underground vibe was just as good.
The crowd was an eclectic mix of young and middle aged attendees. It’s always great to see fans that differ from the stereotypical demographic, present and singing along.
Like An Animal and You Were Right from Bloom were welcome inclusions as well as Atlas classic, Sundream. Their set closed with an expected and extended version of No Place which hyped the crowd to no end.
Whilst we were all hoping for the set to go longer, my bladder numb by that point, realistically it was a Wednesday night and a huge chunk of the crowd would be at work the next day. Those of us back on the grind today may be feeling rough but we’re also feeling satisfied.
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