Rudimental cranks up Urbanscapes 2016 energy at KL Live

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Tiger Beer x Rudimental @ Urbanscapes 2016

Urbanscapes returns for the 13th consecutive year, seemingly went beyond the usual two-day, one-venue format, and Tiger Beer is the official partner once again, which was the only reason why I went for this Rudimental gig that happened at KL Live on Labour Day (May 1st).

I didn’t know the English drum and bass band at all and hearing their recent mainstream hits like Lay It All on Me (feat. Ed Sheeran) didn’t get me too excited. I thought they were just a typical electronic dance music DJ’s. But how wrong was I. While the band only consists of four main members — Piers Aggett, Amir Amor, Kesi Dryden and DJ Locksmith (yup…), they brought along session performers to play actual instruments apart. Apart from the turntable, they performed live with guitars, drums, synthesizer, trumpet, emcee-ing, and female and male vocals, and they sounded fantastic.

DJ Locksmith Rudimental KL Live malaysia urbanscapes 2016

Playing tracks like Right Here and We the Generation at the beginning got me into their music almost right away. Along with the small but strong crowd, I was headbanging and hopping to the irresistible beat with pumping hands in the air despite my injured wrist. Energetic stuff right at the get-go before slowing it down with the Ed Sheeran stuff. I was at the gig all by myself, but didn’t regret going at all. Great show, great performance, discovered new music and added some of their tracks onto my Spotify playlist.

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On that day, The Kuala Lumpur Journal hotel on Jalan Beremi, Bukit Bintang was apparently turned into a massive party venue with barbecue, secret rooms and a pool party with some exclusive DJ sets. Tiger Beer rewarded a patron and his/her friend with a one-night stay at the hotel with passes to catch this concert followed by a post-gig DJ set by the band at this by-invitation event.

Marketing Manager or Tiger Beer Malaysia, Jessie Chuah, said, “Tiger Beer has always been in support of arts and music and we are happy to return to fulfil our long standing partnership with Urbanscapes. We have always encouraged our consumers to break the boundaries and pursue their passion and a festival like Urbanscapes provides the perfect platform for them to uncage their inner creativity while of course, enjoying some cold refreshing Tiger Beer.”

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