Playing massive stages all over the world can be exhilarating and are clearly a proof that you ‘have made it’, however coming back home to where it all started can be very endearing too.
In cooperation with Short List Magazine and Lynx Hackney boys Rudimental came back to their East London home and played an amazing gig in front of a couple hundred fans at the Hackney Empire.
The Hackney Empire was nicely filled with eager gig goers waiting to hear some of the new songs from Rudimental’s second album ‘We The Generation’, which is out 2nd October 2015, live.
Right from the beginning it was obvious that the lads were chuffed to play in front of their East London home crowd, with DJ Locksmith announcing that it’s always nice to come home to London, but this time he really means it!
Kicking it all off with the brilliant ‘Right Here’ the show started with a bang! Second song of the night was one of the new ones, ‘I Will For Love’ featuring Will Heard on vocals, a brilliant tune that sounds amazing live and instantly got the Hackney Empire dancing.
Following the great start, things got even better as the first lyrics of ‘Not Giving In’ sung by Rudimental’s touring vocalist Thomas Jules clang through the Hackney Empire, which instantly sent the place over the edge. After a bit of raving it was time to calm down just a tiny little bit as ‘We The Generation’ got performed.
Next up were some more of the new offerings from the same titled new album, including the likes of ‘Never Let You Go’, ‘Go Far’, ‘Too Cool’ and ‘Rumour Mill’ that went all down a treat with the gathered Rudimental fans.
As the new single ‘Lay It All On Me’ featuring Ed Sheeran, had just dropped on the airwaves it was a no-brainer to perform it live in front of the very excited crowd. And oh boy, this went down an absolute storm! Sadly Ed wasn’t around but it still sounded fantastic.
If the lead single of the new album is anything to judge by, it surely is gonna live up to the first album ‘Home’ and might even excel your expectations.
Teaming up with local lad Dizzee Rascal on the track ‘Love Ain’t Just A Word’, Rudimental once more proved they know how to work their magic.
Performing this absolute banger and personally one of my favourites live, vocalist Anne-Marie proper nailed it. Her voice is simply stunning. Especially live. That girl can truly sing!
The crowd went crazy and raving quickly ensued to the catchy drum & bass song.
Rudimental live on stage is an experience everyone should have at least once in their life. Amir, Piers and Kesi will get you proper dancing and it is nearly impossible to escape the happy vibes of ever smiling Dj Locksmith. Seriously, there is no happier, smilier person out there.
‘Feel The Love’ marked the end of the set before the encore and as always this song fills the room with endless love and happiness. Needless to say that this song caused a massive sing-along. This is the part of every Rudimental concert that you can actually feel the love, as singing in unison and standing in the middle of a big crowd makes you feel that you are part of this and here for a reason.
Thanking the Hackney crowd massively Rudimental went off stage only to have the entire Hackney Empire screaming for more.
And they came back with a bang! The encore pleased the fans with a reggae version of Ed Sheeran’s hit single ‘Thinking Out Loud’ beautifully mixed into ‘Give You Up’.
Rudimental closed their superb set with the one song a lot of the fans had been waiting for all night. ‘Waiting All Night’ sent the crowd into frenzy one last time, the energy level at this point was unreal.
Singing and dancing along you couldn’t help but feel kind of proud for the Hackney boys, they have smashed it all over the globe and are about to release their second album.
And the celebrations couldn’t have been at a better place. At Home.
Because home is where the heart is. Home is best. And for Rudimental this means Hackney.