By Deb Kloeden, Rock At Night Australia
Venue: Adelaide Entertainment Centre – February 20th, 2019
Rufus Du Sol, formerly known as Rufus in Australia, finally returned to Adelaide after three long years last night. The electronic music trio, Tyrone Lindqvist, James Hunt and Jon George, are touring Australia celebrating their third album Solace, which was released in October 2018. Originally from Sydney Australia, Rufus Du Sol moved to LA California to record their latest album.
The night began with electronic dance duo Lastlings, and electronic DJ Cassian who were perfect openers for Rufus Du Sol. The theatre filled to capacity shortly before Rufus Du Sol came on stage. All three band members were raised on high platforms, their equipment stands designed to be part of the aesthetics of the show. These were made from transparent material, giving a modern, industrial look.
The band opened with ‘Eyes’, the second track from the new album. It is a catchy dance track that set the scene for a fun night. Next they returned to two of their most popular songs from the album Bloom, ‘Like An Animal’ and ‘Brighter’, definitely crowd favourites. They performed eight of the nine tracks from Solace and five from Bloom, including the epic masterpiece ‘Inner Bloom’. By this stage I was standing toward the back of the venue and all I could see was a sea of mobile phones held high in the air, recording every note. The songs performed from Bloom were not exact studio renditions, but more like remixes, demonstrating the band’s ability to keep reinventing themselves.
I have seen Rufus Du Sol perform on two previous occasions and have noted their striking laser light shows. They certainly surpassed former spectacles last night by providing a visually stunning light show of flashing lights, star LEDs and symmetrically placed spots. These lights flashed and danced in time with the music giving the impression that each performance is a fun dance party for the band.
Rufus Du Sol played a generous one-and-half hour set, including three encore songs. They are well known for their cover of Dionne Warwick’s ‘Say A Prayer For Me’, which they included in their set last night. During the encore, they also performed another cover of Deadmau5’s ‘Not Exactly’, a hypnotic drum and bass track that they seem to be adding to their encores.
The mixed age, sold out crowd in Adelaide were very grateful that Rufus Du Sol returned to share their new album Solace last night. It was a performance that stimulated the senses and consoled our sadness for such a long wait between shows.
There are five more shows left on their Australian Solace Tour:
Friday, 22nd February – Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth
Saturday, 23rd February – 3 Oceans Winery, Margaret River
Friday, 1st March – Maccabe Park, Wollongong
Saturday, 2nd March – Riverstage, Brisbane
Saturday, 3rd March – Riverstage, Brisbane
- Like An Animal
- Treat You Better
- Say A Prayer For Me
- New Sky
- You Were Right
- Inner Bloom
- Another Life
- Lost In My mind
- Not Exactly
- No Place
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