Hunter punters were expecting it to get ‘Hot in Herre’ when Nelly headlined the triumphant return of the popular RnB Vine Days festival to the Hunter Valley.
Under a blazing sun, and with the beautiful Bimbadgen Estate as the setting, the thousands of punters who secured tickets to Vine Days were treated to sizzling sets from some of the biggest RnB artists of the last two decades.
American songstress Amerie, made the crowd swoon and groove with her set of hits and singles including ‘1 Thing’ and new songs from her two albums released in 2018, which were warmly received by the enthusiastic crowd. DJ Yo! Mafia continued the party vibes between sets, taking the crowd back through decades of RnB hits that you couldn’t help but dance to.
Pop queens All Saint were a crowd favourite, performing for the first time in Australia in 20 years. With their synchronized moves and spot-on harmonies, the girl group transported their fans back to their youth, with the crowd singing along to All Saints breakout hit ‘Never Ever’ and hit single ‘Pure Shores’.
Supported by a full band, UK singer-songwriter Craig David heated things up with his talent and charisma. It was hard not to move and boogie along as David crooned his way through his set of hits, including ‘What’s Your Flava’, ‘Walking Away’, ‘Fill Me In’ and an acoustic version of ‘Rendezvous’ from his smash hit debut album ‘Born To Do It’. Having the crowd sing along to Davis’ hit with the DJ duo Artful Dodger, ‘Re-Rewind (The Crowd Say Bo Selecta)’, was a highlight of this standout event.
Nelly is an artist renowned for heating things up. He didn’t disappoint, delivering a sizzling set and sauced things up to the delight of his fans, who celebrated with hands in the air and bouncing to the beats. When Nelly demanded all the ladies in the house put their phones in the air to light up the sky, the ladies, and lots of lads, obliged. Nelly had the crowd seduced. The old skool set included hits ‘Ride Wit Me’, ‘Just A Dream’ and ‘EI’. The crowd sang the part of Kelly Rowland for ‘Dilemma’, and Nelly whipped up a frenzy dropping ‘Hot in Herre’ near the end of his set. It was a moment that brought the crowd together, like sweat used to make them stick to their plastic school chairs, back in the day.
RnB Vine Days has established itself as one of the biggest events on the Hunter summer festival calendar. It’s a nostalgia-fest that keeps delivering. Let’s hope it brings the heat again in 2020.