WORDS AND IMAGES BY WARREN MILLAR
“Bursting Out Of London’s Underground Music Scene With Its Thrilling World Of Pirate Radio, Crude DJ Set Ups, Improvised Studios And Bleeding Edge Beats”
Bursting out of London’s underground music scene with its thrilling world of pirate radio, crude DJ set ups, improvised studios and bleeding edge beats, RUDIMENTAL cracked into the mainstream on the release of their double-platinum selling debut album “Home” in 2013, which has since sold over 1 million units worldwide.
Hits from the band’s unrivalled catalogue include the global smash “Lay It All On Me” featuring Ed Sheeran, “Feel The Love” with John Newman, “Sun Comes Up” ft. James Arthur and “These Days” ft. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen, which stormed to #1 on release and spent a total of 54 weeks in the chart. Their latest album “Ground Control” returned the band to their roots with a collection of tracks tapping into everything from amazing drum & bass to woozy, iced-out house, and huge, festival-worthy club anthems.
We have been lucky enough to be in attendance at three of these “Jockey Club Live” events this year so far and the mixture of horse racing followed by live music from some of the biggest acts around makes for a really great early evening’s entertainment. Tonight we hope will be no exception as “Rudimentle” take to the stage after the last race on the card.
Again we notice on arrival that the place is full of various types of folk from the hardened race goers, stag and hen parties down to pure music and live gig goers. It makes for a great crowd who now wait for the band to take to the stage to the left of the grand stand.
The last race finished at 8.50pm so we made our way to the stage area and into the pit ready for tonight’s live music. A large crowd were also waiting in front of what we noticed was a sparce stage set, table with decks was set up in front of us.
A little earlier than set out at 9.00pm on the dot “Rudimentle” or rather two members of “Rudimentle” came on stage. DJ Locksmith and Piers Agget were the two members who proceeded to mix up big club bangers of tunes on the decks. So it was in essence a DJ Set, not that that worried the punters one bit as dancing, singing and a general good time was seemingly being had by everyone who had stayed for the live music.
It was more of a full on outdoor rave with two very talented DJ’s on the decks than a Drum and Bass band gig but it worked for the race goers. Locksmith and Agget seemed to do this off the cuff with no set list as such just big banging tunes being expertly mixed.
For me personally I would have liked to have seen the full band on stage doing their thing (maybe with a couple of guests who they have collaborated with) but having said that it did seem to work very well. The paying public seemed happy and were having one hell of a rave and that’s all you can ask for really.
On a side note I must say that we have now been to quite a few of these evening race meetings followed by Live music run by “The Jockey Club” and have enjoyed every single one of them. The organisation is top class and they are a joy to cover. Thank you to Haydock Park Race Ground and “The Jockey Club” for some special evenings.
DUE TO BEING A DJ SET, THERE WAS NO SET LIST
Warren is a live music and festival photographer based in Cheshire and covers gigs/festivals mostly in the North West of England. He has been photographing live music for over 10 years and has covered major artists and festivals