Review: RÜFÜS DU SOL @ O2 Forum Kentish Town {23.08.2018}


When there’s no place you’d rather be on a Thursday evening than at O2 Forum Kentish Town for a sold out show with Sydney dance trio RÜFÜS DU SOL. Comprised of members Tyrone, Jon and James – RÜFÜS first made their break in 2013, when their debut album, ATLA , reached number one in Australia.

Fast forward to 2018 and the electronic dance outfit are making waves around the world. Part of the Foreign Family collective, RÜFÜS have spent lots of time in America – largely influenced by the desert landscapes of California and their experiences on the road.

The lights cycled so in sync with the setlist that the vibrant beams seemed to answer to the music instead of the technician. RÜFÜS have honed a sound that is instantly recognisable. Blissed out glossy production paired with uplifting melodies and Tyrone’s breathy vocals.

The captivating set was filled with an emotive mix of songs from their previous LP Bloom (2016), along with new singles ‘No Place’ and ‘Underwater’ from their highly anticipated third LP SOLACE.

Banger after banger. Standout tracks included the iconic ‘Tonight’, big-hearted anthems ‘Brighter’, ‘You Were Right’ and ‘Innerbloom’ – while latest single ‘Underwater’ brought a dose of melancholy to the evening.

Everywhere you looked people were climbing on shoulders, singing every word, united by the feel-good lyrics and how euphoric much of it felt.

With the rise of live electronic acts, such as label mates ODESZA and Golden Features, we’ll be seeing a lot more from RÜFÜS DU SOL on the festival circuit for summers to come.

Words by Hayley Thompson // @hayleyyt_