Sydney rolled out the welcome mat and perfect weather for ex pats, RÜFÜS DU SOL on Friday and Saturday night. 50,000 people greeted the Grammy winners across two nights in The Domain. Holding seven ARIA nominations and following a hugely successful tour across North America, UK and Europe selling over 500,000 tickets there is no doubt the world has been experiencing the rise and rise of RÜFÜS DU SOL this year.
Regardless of their international success, the boys expressed their gratitude at being back on home soil and in their hometown of Sydney multiple times throughout the night. Cries of “We love you Sydney!” regularly dotted their two hour set, along with expressions of how good they felt to be back after so long and see so many familiar faces of family and friends.
“It’s been three years since we’ve played in Australia, so it feels perfect for these to be the last shows of our world tour this year,” says Tyrone Lindqvist. “We’re really excited to be coming home and performing this new show to our Australian fans, friends and family at the biggest outdoor venues we’ve ever headlined.”
Sharing the love, RÜFÜS DU SOL have partnered with AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) across the Australian tour and patrons were encouraged to make a donation upon entry to the venue. Additionally, fans attending the shows also have the opportunity to buy a limited edition T-Shirt with all profits going directly towards AIME.
RÜFÜS DU SOL are supported nationally by England’s Grammy and Mercury Prize nominated, classically trained electronic artist, Jon Hopkins, and the band’s Rose Avenue label artists Luke Alessi as additional support in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, and RONA. in Brisbane and Adelaide.
The appreciative crowd which spanned generations between late teens through to late 60s from what this reviewer witnessed, were clearly familiar with the group’s ARIA #1 album, Surrender. Every song inciting the audience to sing along with phones out filming as much as possible. Who could blame them for wanting to record the memory – the production was incredibly impressive. Huge towers of LED screens covered the sides and back of the massive stage and alternated between giant visions of the artists themselves and an ever changing light show and projections as well as a massive confetti canon explosion midway through the set. Although we were privileged to have VIP area tickets with seating and our own bar, we went off in search of food from one of the plentiful food vans up the back and were stunned at what we’d been missing in our cosy area off to the side. The true impact of the production was definitely best viewed from the “cheap seats” and there we remained until the end of the night after which we ventured to Surry Hills and attended the small (by comparison) after event, enjoying DJ Luke Alessi and mingling with the artists who no doubt must have been exhausted after such a huge show.
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SAT 10 DEC | ELLIS PARK, ADELAIDE, SA | 18+
THU 15 DEC | FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE, MELBOURNE, VIC | 18+
FRI 16 DEC | FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE, MELBOURNE, VIC | 18+
SAT 17 DEC | LANGLEY PARK, PERTH, WA | 18+