Harkening back to the bus tours of yesteryears, two titans of their scene, Rudimental and Gorgon City, today announced they will be crossing America for a live tour this May, bringing the unruly sounds of a new generation with them.
It’s been a seminal couple of years for both Gorgon City and Rudimental, who have channeled their roots in London club culture to emerge as arena filling and chart topping live acts. From grimy London basement rooms to headlining NYC’s Central Park, it’s been a prodigious rise for two acts birthed in the UK’s underground electronic scene.
Rudimental and Gorgon City have toured the US extensively selling out venues for solo tours respectfully, and playing major festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza and Governor’s Ball. The forthcoming tour will see both bands bring their full live experiences with them for an epic event not to be missed, reaching a new level in venue size, making for a double header that refutes the notion that contemporary dance music lacks musicality.
Rudimental pack up to 11 people on stage at any given time, with saxophonists, guitarists, drummers and stacks of synths, and have worked with vocalists as diverse as John Newman, Foxes, Bobby Womack and Ed Sheeran. Their single with Sheeran, ‘Lay It All On Me’ (Big Beat Records), sold 2 million copies worldwide and served as an internationally recognized crossover hit for the group.
While Gorgon City comprises a band of five when performing live, complete with founding members Kye Gibbon and Matt Robson-Scott on Keys and analog synths, a drummer and two incredible vocalists; LuLu James & Josh Barry. Each performance varies from the last due to constant improvisation during their inimitable ‘acid jams’ between crowd favorites from their accomplished discography.
Both closely associated with the tastemaking Black Butter Records, Rudimental have their roots in soul, funk & drum n bass, while Gorgon City’s influences draw heavily on their experiences in the garage, jungle and house scenes, but both acts, and Black Butter itself, have always sought to move beyond notions of genre conformity.
Rudimental have twice chopped the UK album charts, notching up multiple platinum selling singles along the way. The band fuses drum n bass and electronica with anthemic soul and a joyous live presence, that makes the euphoric, rabble rousers quite simply one of the world’s best live acts.
Gorgon City came together on Black Butter in 2012, it was just two short years later that they had scored their first UK top 5 hit with single ‘Ready For Your Love’, and cracked the top 10 with their debut album ‘Sirens’. ‘Sirens’ saw them collaborating with the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Emeli Sande and Kiesza, creating a sound that blended their club roots with live instrumentation, paving the way for their ever expanding live show.
18th May 2016 NEW YORK – SUMMERSTAGE AT CENTRAL PARK
20th May 2016 LA – SHRINE EXPO HALL
21st May 2016 VEGAS – THE FOUNDRY SLS
22nd May 2016 SAN DIEGO – QUARTYARD (DJ SETS DUE TO STAGE SIZE)