Live Review: Rudimental, Live at the 02 Arena

Rudimental played what felt like a homecoming show to a sold out O2 Arena on 3 March. The four-piece kicked off the first leg of their UK tour in support of their 2nd studio album We the Generation. Lead single Never Let You Go – which is somewhat of a slow starter – emerges into a traditional, upbeat Rudimental chorus that the crowd were more than happy to embrace.

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Few people might know that Rudimental actually co-wrote Ed Sheeran’s single Bloodstream (with Sheeran and Gary Lightbody), and their live adaptation – though not featuring Ed Sheeran himself – did not dampen the joyful atmosphere; the East London musicians’ raw energy was more than enough to hold up their live show.

The band’s stage presence could rival fellow world class musicians who have been in the game much longer than these relatively new boys, and this is all helped by a host of guest vocalists and proficient band members all filling the stage.

Rudimental burst onto the scene in 2012 with debut album Home. Since then, the four members have gone on to work with the likes of Emeli Sande, Foxes and Becky Hill, propelling drum’n’bass into the mainstream charts. A standout point of the gig was the group’s biggest single to date Feel The Love which deservedly reached number 1 in the UK charts with its intense vocals from John Newman.

Finishing the set was the anthemic Waiting All Night; a fitting way to close the performance to a 20,000 strong crowd. Confetti cannons and the jubilant echo of sing-a-longs as Rudimental left the venue served to prove just how they have managed to sell out arenas across the UK in such a short time.

★★★★

Graduate Multimedia Journalist, Online Editor at CIO UK and contributing writer at Culturefly and Contact Music.
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