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Enter Shikari – live review

Over the course of the last few days I have been lucky enough to attend Enter Shikari‘s shows in Nottingham and Bournemouth.  Regular readers will know that I believe Enter Shikari are the best live band on the planet right now and the shows in Nottingham and Bournemouth show exactly why.

I drove the 200 miles to Nottingham on Saturday with very high expectations.  Those expectations were matched and surpassed.  Enter Shikari quite simply smashed it, they hit the ball right out of the park.

Enter Shikari are perfectionist’s and spent the hours before the show reprogramming lighting sequences and thrashing out ways to improve on what they had done in Glasgow and Edinburgh on the previous evenings.

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You would be forgiven for thinking that in the days of incredible light shows, amazing sound and the use of computers there is little that we haven’t already seen at rock concerts.  You would be wrong.   Enter Shikari’s innovate. Whether it is in their music, their lighting or in there sound Enter Shikari are always looking for a way to do things better.

This tour sees Enter Shikari introduce surround sound into their live performances.  I’m not talking a couple of speakers added at the back of the vast cavern that is Nottingham’s 10,000 capacity Motorpoint arena.  I’m talking true surround sound, elements of songs assaulting you from behind something that really came to the fore during phenomenal renditions of “The One True Colour” and the recently released “Redshift.”

The film clips on the enormous screen behind the band added to the sense of theatre and were carefully produced to add a visual element to the song if you can drag your eyes away from the spectacle that an Enter Shikari performance already provides.

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As the show continued Enter Shikari encouraged us to absorb the spectacle in it’s entirety when Reynolds disappeared to reappear at a piano on an elevated platform situated within the sound desk enclosure in the centre of the arena whilst the rest of the band remained on stage.  Admittedly there were a few technical hitches during this section of the show in Nottingham but this was put right for last nights show in Bournemouth.

We even had a comedy moment when at the beginning of “Ghandi Mate, Ghandi” Enter Shikari had the audience singing along to Robbie Williams “Angels.”  It may seem a little bizarre, Enter Shikari are a very long way from Robbie Williams, but in my view it shows a band that are more than willing to have a laugh amidst songs that frequently tackle the really big issues of the day.

Make no mistake these shows elevated Enter Shikari from simply being the best live band around at the moment.  In my opinion this tour takes Enter Shikari to a totally new level.  In over 40 years of attending live gigs and festivals I estimate I have seen somewhere between 6,000 and 8,000 bands.  These shows earn Enter Shikari the right to be seen in the same light as some of the best performances I have ever seen.  I would go as far as to say that only the first time I saw Springsteen perform sits ahead of Enter Shikari in terms of totally absorbing, jaw-dropping brilliance.

Enter Shikari have come up the hard way, they have played the pub gigs and moved purposefully to filling arena’s.  Enter Shikari’s band members, Rou Reynolds, Rob Rolfe, Rory Clewlow and Chris Batten are all just hitting 30-years-old.  They are approaching the peak of their creativity and if ever a band were destined for stadium rock and major festival headline slots it is Enter Shikari.

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After the Bournemouth show the UK leg wraps up with shows in Cardiff, Wrexham, Manchester and Alexandra Palace in London.  There are a limited number of tickets available for all but Wrexham.  If you are anywhere near any of these venues I urge you to get along to a show if you possibly can.

Support on both nights was from Hackney based Punk and Ska collective  The King Blues who were stunning during their short sets on both evenings.

Philadelphia based pop-punk outfit The Wonder Years rounded out a superb evening entertainment.

ENTER SHIKARI Announce Surprise Guest For Alexandra Palace show

Regular readers are probably aware by now that I think Enter Shikari are by some distance the best live band in the world right now.  I enjoy them so much that I am attending three of their seven upcoming arena shows.  I will be taking in the shows in Nottingham, Bournemouth and at London’s Alexandra Palace.  I was already pretty excited by a lineup that includes support from The Wonder Years and a recently reformed The King Blues.

An announcement by Enter Shikari today announce the addition of London’s Arcane Roots to the bill of their Alexandra Palace headline show later this month. Currently writing and demoing for their second full-length album, Arcane Roots join a bill that also includes Pennsylvania’s The Wonder Years and the freshly-reformed original line-up of The King Blues.

Frontman Rou Reynolds had this to say ; “the Arcane Roots boys supported us in Europe last year and we had such a good time, and they’re such a great band, that it was a no-brainer to have them along for this show when the opportunity arose. We’re really looking forward to presenting such a diverse bill to the punters of Norf London”.

Enter Shikari recently released not only a brand new stand-alone single, ‘Redshift’ but also a digital only live acoustic EP recorded in the Victorian Theatre at Alexandra Palace in December 2015 in front of a handful of friends and competition winners.

The band tours the UK up to the Ally Pally show, before heading out to Europe for headline shows.

Enter Shikari – The Mindsweep Tour – UK – Feb 2016 
Thurs 18 – Glasgow – O2 Apollo
Fri 19 – Edinburgh – Corn Exchange
Sat 20 – Nottingham – Motorpoint Arena
Mon 22 – Bournemouth – International Center
Tues 23 – Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena
Thurs 25 – Manchester – Victoria Warehouse
Sat 27 – London – Alexandra Palace

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ENTER SHIKARI Announce openers for The Mindsweep Tour UK

Enter Shikari are playing a run of UK dates early in the new year.  The tour will see Enter Shikari move up to arena’s as their popularity grows.

Enter Shikari have announced today that the line-up for the forthcoming The Mindsweep Tour UK 2016 shows is now finalised.
Alongside US label-mates The Wonder Years, the band will be joined by The King Blues who today announced the reformation of their original line-up.
Longtime fans and friends, the bands have previously played together on a number of occasions (this King Blues line-up supported Enter Shikari on their full 2009 UK tour), and Enter Shikari frontman Rou Reynolds had this to say on the subject.
“The King Blues are such an important British band. With music influenced by many different genres and cultures, and lyrics that represent and reinforce the people. Its great to have them back.”
“We had a blast when we toured together a few years back, so can’t wait to go off galavanting around the country with them again.”
“And for all those folk (usually the grumbling, weathered and out of touch) in the media asking “Where are all the bands with something to say?” Well, here’s three bands who – even though they approach it from different directions – create music that stems from punk; and carry its spirit, its invigorating power, and its willingness to engage with issues both personal and social”.
Enter Shikari’s tour dates are as follows:
The Mindsweep Tour. UK 2016.
with special guests… THE WONDER YEARS + THE KING BLUES
THUR 18th – GLASGOW – O2 Academy
FRI 19th – EDINBURGH – Corn Exchange
SAT 20th – NOTTINGHAM – Capital FM Arena
MON 22nd – BOURNEMOUTH – International Center
TUES 23rd – CARDIFF – Motorpoint Arena
THUR 25th – MANCHESTER – Victoria Warehouse
SAT 27th – LONDON – Alexandra Palace
Tickets and details : www.entershikari.com/shows