Gig Review: RÜFÜS DU SOL deliver 90-minute masterclass in Auckland

music review 11/03/2019

Australian three-piece band RÜFÜS DU SOL treated a sold out Trusts Arena to a mesmerizing 90-minute show - their first arena show in New Zealand after previously performing at The Powerstation and Rhythm and Vines.

Coming off their biggest Australian tour to date, the trio got things started a little early - a nice treat for waiting fans. In terms of show structure, RÜFÜS covered all their bases by performing a mix of hits from their two latest releases, SOLACE and BLOOM.

Impressive visuals were a show-stealer and crowd pleaser, setting up the atmosphere and creating an element of immersion, seemingly transporting the crowd to a different world.

Trusts Stadium was transformed into a hive of energy, with the crowd feeding off the electric sounds of James Hunt, Jon George and Tyrone Lindqvist. Proceedings started with a bang when the band opened, and the energy never dropped even if the emotional tone of the songs shifted.

‘Treat You Better,’ fresh with hype after the release of a new music video, made an appearance mid-set to help the show maintain its pace and give fans a lift that carried them through to the end of the show.

Frontman Lindqvist’s smooth vocals were on full display for the majority of the performance, showing off his range and the emotion nestled throughout the group’s songs - all of which seemed to transition flawlessly.

The upbeat anthem ‘You Were Right’ followed by the full nine minutes of ‘Innerbloom’ motioned towards the closing of the show, before the trio re-emerged to treat fans one last time.

The crowd lifted one last time as they were showered with confetti and SOLACE’s lead single, ‘No Place’ reverberated through the arena.

An apt closing track, because fans would no doubt agree with the song’s sentiment. For 90 minutes on an Auckland Friday night, there’s no place I’d rather be.