REVIEW: Rudimental creates party atmosphere in Thetford Forest

Rudimental at High Lodge ANL-160107-132118001
Rudimental at High Lodge ANL-160107-132118001

It was an atmosphere like nothing else in High Lodge on Thursday night as Rudimental took to the stage.

The drum and bass group had the capacity crowd up on their feet, jumping and dancing as darkness set in over the forest.

Franko Fraize (right) was the first act on stage during the Rudimental set at High Lodge. ANL-160107-131929001

Franko Fraize (right) was the first act on stage during the Rudimental set at High Lodge. ANL-160107-131929001

Rudimental not only brought a different audience to the venue but a totally different atmosphere, with dancing throughout the night, the standing area for once as popular as the seated spaces for families with their picnics.

First on stage was Thetford rapper Franko Fraize.

His performance proved to be a hit with both passionate fans and those who had not heard his music before.

Franko said it was an honour to perform on the stage, having attended several High Lodge concerts in previous years where he had often wondered what it would be like to perform himself.

He was followed by rising star Anne-Marie, who returned to perform with Rudimental during their headline act.

It was an ambitious move by the Forestry Commission bringing such a high-energy set of acts to the setting, which has been more used to the calmer tones of Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and Alfie Boe.

But if Thursday night was anything to go by there will be more acts like this in the future.

Not only was the event a sell-out, but Rudimental and the warm-up acts brought a youthful buzz to the stage with the crowd dancing and singing along.

Even a quick rain shower failed to dampen spirits as the 2016 live music season in High Lodge went off with a bang.