I have to admit that after years of attending dance music events domestically and internationally, I truly can’t remember the last time I counted down the days until a show since my kandi kid raver days when EDM was life. That is, until I saw the announcement for London live acts Rudimental and Gorgon City’s co-headlining USA tour, aptly named “rudixorgon.” Although I’ve seen both acts individually at festivals, I burst with excitement for back to back intimate performances by two of the most talented live electronic music acts of today.
The five date mini tour kicked off in NYC, with Los Angeles as the second stop two days later. The Shrine Auditorium hosted a couple thousand live electronic music lovers as Matt Black and KCRW’s Jason Bentley kicked off the night with opening sets. Show time quickly rolled around and the crowd brimmed with anticipation. The guys of Rudimental were first to take the stage with classics such as 'Lay It All On Me' with Ed Sheeran, 'Rumour Mill' and one of my personal favorites, 'Love Is Just A Word'.
Ghana born singer, Bridgette Amofah added an incredible spark to every track she lent her vivacious vocals on, igniting infectious energy within the crowd. Time flew by and before I knew it, the time had almost come for Rudimental to leave the stage. Bridgette and the British boys closed out with a soulful rendition of 'Waiting All Night', along with the final goodbye as an emotive accapella of 'Feel The Love' with a live trumpet invited the crowd to sing along.
After a quick intermission, it was nothing short of a packed house once Gorgon City hit the stage. The duo came prepared with a plethora of new music. UK singers Josh Barry and Lulu James took turns gracing the stage on tracks including 'Ready For Your Love', 'Here For You' and 'Imagination'.
After debuting their current hit 'All Four Walls' just a few short weeks ago, Gorgon City introduced 'Doubts' as one of the new singles along with a live debut of 'Impaired Vision', featuring vocalist Mikky Ekko, who surprised the crowd with a live appearance.
Sadly once the clock struck half past 1 am, it was time for Gorgon City to end the night, but not without an encore that left the crowd screaming and cheering for the infamous “one more song.” The guys of course made a dramatic return to the stage, and closed out the night with a heartfelt thank you and appreciation with Rudimental returning as well. It was the ending to a ridiculously fun show that left me knowing there’s nowhere else I would have rather spent my night.
If you get the chance to witness these groundbreaking artists perform live, don't hesitate.
[photos by Zachary Patino of Imagination Visions]