TSB Bank Arena, Wellington, March 5
Reviewed by Hannah McKee
Radio hit-churning Londoners Rudimental delivered Wellington fans a high-energy dance party, but the vibe wasn't as mental as they might have hoped.
After recently touring Australia and a debut New Zealand show in Auckland on Tuesday, the group brought their refreshing and eclectic mix of reggae, house, hip-hop, drum and bass, and disco to a packed TSB Bank Arena.
The show did not open with one of their many recognisable Home tracks, but still followed the lines of their signature party sound.
Pre-show the crowd was excited, the first 10 minutes saw mostly mild head-bopping, but Not Giving In soon upped the energy, the feel-good vibes emerged and the party, finally, got started.
The band's in-between-track chat is probably something they could improve on, or ditch altogether, the high point of which was a pun about loving to ''spoon'' and playing the spoons to Home 's first single, Spoons .
The late teens and twenty-somethings dominated the crowd, but those out of that age-bracket probably more appreciated the disco, jazz, soul and reggae-influenced moments, where the trumpet solos really stole the show.
Hit single Feel the Love was the last track before the crowd broke out to a romping, stomping encore request to rule them all - possibly because they felt they had not got their money's worth yet.
A unanimous chant to Feel the Love in the dark was the most moving part of the whole experience.Rudimental then returned to the stage with a deconstructed tune and the talented trumpeter stole the show yet again.
Saved for a grand finale was Brit Award Best Single Waiting All Night , ending the party with the ecstatic explosion of bass and dance which the crowd had been owed a little too long.As can be expected with any gig, there were great high points and some low points.
But Rudimental's tendency to stay too often in the middle got in the way of giving the amped fans the euphoric, heavy-based extravaganza they were really hanging out for.
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