JULY 4-7, 2018 GDYNIA


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There's a strong history of the studio pioneers of British dance music becoming household names in this country; from Basement Jaxx to Groove Armada, Massive Attack to Chase & Status. The hottest new collective making their mark are the East London quartet Rudimental. With support spanning from Zane Lowe, The XX to Mistajam and Fearne Cotton, they're set to dominate dancefloors and airwaves in the coming months. Adding to this success, Rudimental have been nominated for three awards at this year’s Brit Awards: Mastercard British Album of the Year, British Single – „Waiting All Night” feat. Ella Eyre, and British Group. Their debut “Home” went platinum in the UK.

Comprising songwriters and producers Piers Agget, Kesi Dryden and Amir Amor, together with DJ Locksmith. Piers and Locksmith grew up on the same road in Hackney, with Kesi living just around the corner in Stoke Newington. They've been everywhere and done everything in the London music scene from young ages: at 15, Amir was producing hip-hop and garage beats at Camden youth studios alongside Plan B. Piers, meanwhile, co-managed a studio with Locksmith and Piers cutting their teeth on London pirate radio station Deja Vu - the former home of names as big as Dizzee Rascal and Kano. They grew up on everything from grime to jazz and blues; from hip-hop to house.

„Waiting All Night” revived drums’n’bass, club anthem, "Deep In The Valley" was propelled by house piano and garage beats, while their remix of Ed Sheeran's "Drunk" found Rudimental flipping between skanking reggae and drum n bass again. The singers Rudimental choose to work with (Ella Eyre, Emeli Sandé, MC Shanti, John Newman) are either mates, friends-of-friends, or just amazing voices "you bump into". What’s more, Piers, Kesi and Locksmith have all worked with East London youth in schools, and have seen how music can be an outlet for kids from trouble backgrounds, and are keen on the idea of setting up musical workshops to help kids and young people in the future. And that's not all. "We definitely want to be a festival big stage band," says Piers. The music's starting to sound like it's heading that way, and we’re surely going to experience it at Open’er. Rudimental play the newly found Here and Now Stage.

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