The humid air was thick with anticipation as Californian legends, Sublime hit the stage at our own Miami Marketta. For the true sublime fans, it’s still hard to come to terms with the loss of the lead singer, Bradley, many years ago from a drug overdose but the passion of their loyal followers is both unstoppable and contagious.
There were a lot of whispers in the crowd about whether or not Rome would rock it like the Sublime we know and love. Can he really do these classic songs justice? The 1300 strong crowd had nothing to worry about! From the moment they took the stage Rome exuded charisma and really brought the funk we have grown to love from Sublime.
There was almost a collective sigh of relief as the crowds’ froth levels continued to rise. You could feel the rejoice of the crowd as they belted out ‘Date Rape’ to open the set with a bang and the intensity only grew as hit after hit was delivered with sonic precision. Sublime really took over the music scene in the 90's and were very experimental and unique in their sound, they have an incredibly loyal fan base and it was evident at this show, there was just something in the air, something electric.
You can often forget how many great songs Sublime actually created until you are at a live show. With the frenzied crowd screaming 90% of the lyrics word for word and bopping in a mesmerising state of bliss. I found myself in a wild mosh pit in the front row that was relentless, song after song. All the favourites were played included ‘Santeria, Summertime and What I’ve Got’, each met with a deafening roar from an overly excited crowd. All that I could see among the crowd was smiling faces and nodding heads.
This was an event I had been counting down to for months and when the day finally arrived I was shaking in excitement. This shaking lasted well into the night, long after the concert was over and I know everyone who was there took this incredible vibe home with them as well. Cheap fakes provided was the first opening act and they kicked the afternoon into gear, getting bodies moving and swaying but I must say Jakubi’s set was incredible. Jakubi brought a Rage against the machine type level of intensity and had the crowd hyping for Sublime to take the stage, well done lads. I won’t be forgetting this afternoon anytime soon and highly recommend a Sublime concert for anyone wanting to smile, dance and leave with an unmistakable vibe. Massive thanks go to Miami Marketta and Rabbit Radio for putting this incredible show. on!!!!
Reviewer: Jamo Mackenzie