LIVE: RÜFÜS (Start the Bus, Bristol, 30/9/14)

Australian indie-dance group bring a touch of sunshine to Bristol

Having enjoyed major success in their native Australia, RÜFÜS are taking their infectious brand of indie-dance around the world and stopped off in Bristol for one of their five UK shows on the tour.

Sydney-based Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George and James Hunt started the band back in 2010, releasing their debut album Atlas in 2013 which went on to score a number one chart position in Australia. Since then, they have earned a growing reputation for producing upbeat, summery tracks that simply can’t fail to get a crowd moving.

Their hour-long set included singles This Summer, We Left, Tonight and Sundream, most of which feature the band’s characteristic build-up and delayed drop that can so effectively set the dance mood.

Full of praise for Bristol on their first ever visit, RÜFÜS drew a lively crowd – including a sizable number of Aussies! – to Start the Bus and rewarded them with a high-tempo hour of summer dance that belied the chilly late September evening outside.

Lindqvist said during the gig that Bristol reminded them of a cross between Amsterdam and Australia, but even without the sweet-talk, the band’s easy manner and polished live performance were enough to win over an enthusiastic turn-out.

After a couple more UK shows, RÜFÜS head across the Atlantic for a major run of October dates across the US, where bizarrely they have to perform as RÜFÜS DU SOL due to a trademark conflict. Whatever name they use, the music is likely to make a lasting impression.

It was somewhat surprising that their Bristol set did not save Take Me – undoubtedly their biggest and most recognisable track – for last, but even so, they capably demonstrated why they have gone down a storm at recent festival performances (including this year’s Reading/Leeds) and showed plenty of promise for lots more to come from this band to watch.

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