The first time we saw Rüfüs Du Sol was at Underground Arts back in 2014. Fast forward five years and the Aussie trio returned to the City of Brotherly Love for a sold-out show at Franklin Music Hall (formerly the Electric Factory).
There was a line out the door, through the parking lot, and down the block when I arrived at the venue on 7th Street on Tuesday, August 6th. There was a palpable buzz in the air. Fans were excited for this one; Rüfüs Du Sol hadn’t played in Philly for three years and their recorded music, while great, just isn’t the same as their live show.
The show opened at 8 PM with a supporting set from Monolink. It was the first Philadelphia performance for the DJ/producer/singer/songwriter German wunderkind. Monolink has earned that long moniker; to simply call him a DJ would be a disservice. Seamlessly combining numerous electronic genres together with elements of rock, Monolink’s live instrumentals set him apart from the pack. His set began on a more ambient tone but increased in intensity as the venue continued to fill up (despite the long lines outside, they moved quickly). It was my first time seeing Monolink and I came away impressed. He has a bright future ahead of him and I’m sure this will be the first of many visits to Philly.
After a break between sets to prep the stage, the lights suddenly dimmed, the capacity crowd cheered, and Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George, and James Hunt hit the darkened stage, basked in dark red hues. From their three-tiered perches above the stage, Rüfüs Du Sol kicked off their twelve-song set with ‘Eyes‘ (from their 2018 album, ‘Solace‘) before diving into two tracks, ‘Like An Animal‘ and ‘Brighter‘ from their previous album (‘Bloom‘). Rüfüs Du Sol’s show is all about the music but I would be remiss to ignore the visual aspect of that so nicely complements their sound, although, at times, it was almost blinding.
Their main set concluded with ‘Innerbloom‘ and ‘Another Life‘ but the biggest surprise of the night was yet to come. Rüfüs Du Sol returned to the stage to an even more raucous roar than before. The three-song encore kicked off with 2018’s ‘Lost In My Mind‘ before blowing fans away with a cover of Deadmau5’s ‘Not Exactly‘. It was the highlight of our night. The show concluded with ‘No Place‘ which was fitting because there was no place I would rather have been on Tuesday night than surrounded by my fellow Rüfüs Du Sol fans at Franklin Music Hall.
[Photos by D. Jacob Miller]
[Article by David Miller]
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