REDFEST @ DUBAI MEDIA CITY AMPHITHEATRE
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.