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RUFUS DU SOL @ Fremantle Arts Centre gets 7.5/10

Rufus Du Sol @ Fremantle Arts Centre
w/ Lastlings, Cassian
Friday, February 22, 2019


Rufus Du Sol returned to Fremantle Arts Centre on Friday for the first of two shows on their Solace tour. The boys celebrated their new album by playing plenty of new songs as well as old favourites to a very appreciative, sold out crowd. Sydney producer Cassian opened up the night and warmed up the crowd before Lastlings hit the stage to play their triple j hits including TIME, YOU and COOL.

Rufus Du Sol

Rufus Du Sol opened up with Eyes and it was immediately clear it was going to be a good night. The sound was incredible throughout the whole venue (even in the car park), and as always at the Arts Centre, the lighting was amazing. Frontman Tyrone Lindqvist provided excellent live vocals that never faltered the whole show.

Hit Like An Animal was next up, followed by Brighter and Sundream before they launched into a personal favourite, Treat You Better. This is about the time I found out why you shouldn’t skull a lot of wine (selling it by the bottle makes this easy, unfortunately), but even that couldn’t put a dampener on the night. The entire crowd was dancing by this point, including those up on the hill.

Rufus Du Sol

The trio played Say A Prayer For Me which enabled the dancing to continue before launching into Solace tracks New Sky, Underwater and the title track. The crowd received the new material as well as the old, and there really was a smile on everyone’s faces. The night hit its peak when they played hit You Were Right which had everyone singing along, followed by the nine minute fan favourite Innerbloom. 

The night ended with Solace tracks Lost In My Mind and No Place which were the perfect end to a great set. The band barely talked to the crowd and just kept the music coming throughout, which kind of worked considering their music is quite electronic, although it would have been nice for those further back to be able to feel more connected to the show. I found being near the back meant I wasn’t paying as much attention as usual, but it was great for dancing, and the view from the back is incredible.

Rufus Du Sol

Overall, the vibe at Fremantle Arts Centre is always amazing, and it was no different for Rufus Du Sol. It was nice to see an electronic act that creates great dance music that still has a chilled out vibe about it. Just be careful with those bottles of wine!


Photos by Owen Gregory

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