Since the release of their 2016 sophomore album Bloom, RÜFÜS DU SOL have been on a rapid ascent toward the top of music-festival bills around the globe, becoming one of the most discussed artists within the world of indie dance music. It’s easy to find out what makes RÜFÜS DU SOL instantly lovable — their bright, catchy songs are also irresistibly danceable (and best experienced in a large crowd of people). Their two nights at the Fox Theatre sold out instantly, and fans reflected that eagerness and passion while waiting for the trio to start their set.
Opening with one of their hits, “Like an Animal,” frontman Tyrone Lindqvist’s vocals were nearly drowned out by the crowd singing along in unison. The radiant energy from the audience matched RÜFÜS DU SOL’s dynamic performance, accompanied by visually impressive stage lighting. Vigorously playing through their crowd-pleasing set, which included “Brighter” and “Say a Prayer for Me,” Lindqvist mentioned during a brief pause that the Australian trio have recently relocated to California. (The audience delivered an appropriately enthusiastic welcome to our state.) During the climax of “Innerbloom,” their nine-minute cathartic fan-favorite, the crowd launched into a jubilant frenzy. RÜFÜS DU SOL succeed in effortlessly blending the best elements of indie pop and dance music, hitting a sweet spot occupied by similar groups like Cut Copy or Chromeo.
After a thunderous demand for an encore, the trio ended the night with arguably their biggest hit, “You Were Right,” and all reserved energy from the audience was exhausted during that final song. Selling out two consecutive nights at the Fox is an impressive feat for any artist, but RÜFÜS DU SOL won over such a devoted fanbase purely from consistently delivering compelling performances suitable for their dance floor-ready compositions. Those who attended either night must have left feeling lucky to witness a group destined to headline the main stage at any future music festival they play at.