REDFEST @ DUBAI ME­DIA CITY AM­PHITHE­ATRE

Infusion Magazine - - LOOKING BACK - – Stephen Day

With San­dance gone, there hasn’t re­ally been a big event yet this year but Redfest has stepped up nicely and filled some of that void. Now in its 2nd year, the Vir­gin Ra­dio fes­ti­val kicked off over two nights start­ing with the all fe­male four piece G. R. L, fol­lowed by Rix­ton, Ti­nashe, rap­per Kid Ink and closing at 10.50pm with The Script who de­liv­ered a hit- heavy set. Our high­light was catch­ing D& B star Wilkin­son, who de­liv­ered a crowd- friendly se­lec­tion of 170BPM mon­sters.

Fri­day was a dif­fer­ent story and the sell out show took it up a gear. Start­ing at 4pm with Two Tone, the beau­ti­ful Ella Eyre was the stand out af­ter­noon set as the sun went down while Kieza de­liv­ered a solid per­for­mance in­clud­ing mas­sive hit ‘ Hide­away’. At 9.20pm the lights dimmed and the Twin Peaks theme greeted a tri­umphant Bastille to the stage, con­fi­dent, self as­sured and with a big bag of songs to blow the crowd away. Which they promptly did, with set- closer ‘ Pom­peii’ steal­ing the show, but not be­fore all 4 band mem­bers gath­ered around a mas­sive synth and jammed to the jumped- up crowd. With some­thing for ev­ery­one, Redfest im­pressed with Bastille the high­light – hope­fully we’ll be see­ing them on our sandy shores again be­fore too long.

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