La Roux and Mike Skinner also appeared at the Croatian festival
Rudimental closed the second day of Zagreb’s InMusic Festival with a crowd-pleasing set on Tuesday night (June 23).
Having toured their debut album ‘Home’ for two years, the London dance group brought new material to their headline Main Stage slot. With stand-ins for the big-name artists that feature on their records, their 75-minute set coincided with a brief respite from the rain, which had lashed down on InMusic all day.
Tried-and-tested hits from ‘Home’ included ‘Right Here’, ‘Never Let You Go’ and ‘Free’, though newer tracks – such as the soulful ‘Too Cool’ and house-influenced ‘Rumour Mill’, which feature on upcoming album ‘We the Generation’ – also prompted sing-alongs.
The show concluded with ‘Feel the Love’, during which the music was cut so the enormous crowd could sing the chorus without direction. Rudimental and their touring musicians lined up onstage to appreciate the spectacle.
I Will For Love
Not Giving In
We The Generation
More Than Anything
Never Let You Go
Waiting All Night
Love Ain’t Just A Word
Feel The Love
Earlier in the evening, Eagles Of Death Metal refused to allow the weather to dampen their Main Stage set.
Frontman Jesse Hughes, sporting pink circular shades and biker boots, worked hard to create a sense of occasion in spite of bandmate Josh Homme’s absence, peacocking across the stage and telling the crowd: “When I see you motherfuckers you’re like a ray of sunshine straight from Hell!”.
The Southern rockers delved into their back catalogue to play fan favourites such as ‘Cherry Cola’ and ‘I Want You Hard (The Boy’s Bad News)’, plus the poppier ‘Complexity’, which features on their upcoming album.
On the World Stage, La Roux treated punters to synth-pop drawn equally from both her albums, shimmying across the stage in an eye-catching pair of orange flares.
The band opened with the disco-influenced ‘Uptight Downtown’ and frontperson Elly Jackson climbed onto drum mount during a rendition of ‘Tropical Chancer’ that featured a much heavier guitar sound than on record. This theme continued when ‘Colourless Colour’ concluded with a surprise metal riff.
“I’m sorry it’s raining, thank you for staying,’ Jackson said, before rewarding the crowd with one of her biggest hits, ‘In For The Kill’, which drew a huge cheer.
The night ended at the Hidden Stage, where Mike Skinner played a DJ set to an increasingly packed tent. Sporting a beard and a backpack, he arrived 10 minutes late but made up for lost time with a popular set that opened with ‘Don’t Mug Yourself’ and took in remixes of Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’ and Ultra Nate’s ‘You’re Free’.
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An initially sparse audience multiplied after a few tracks and Skinner’s energy relented only when he paused to hand out a beer can to one grateful fan and jokingly complain that his new trainers had been ruined in the mud.