hmv.com reviews… Enter Shikari @ Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Enter Shikari rolled into Cardiff last week to show off their new album The Spark and we were there to take it all in...
Enter Shikari, embarking on their second arena tour after just releasing their fifth album The Spark.
In Cardiff’s large capacity Motorpoint Arena.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
Whilst it’s not quite sold out, those that are present are there in full spirit; drenched in sweat from the carnage in the pit. Those that go are properly in for the Shikari experience.
Were there any decent supports?
Lower Than Atlantis warm the crowd up with material from their latest two albums starting circle pits during the wonderful 'Work For It' and getting into the crowd for set closer 'Here We Go'. Those who are early enough to be there aren’t left disappointed.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
Shikari are five albums deep now along with a plethora of singles and EPs, giving them an embarrassment of riches when it comes to picking a setlist. We mainly see a lot of new material from their latest release The Spark with pleasant appearances from throughout their career.
They open with 'The Sights' from the aforementioned new album which feels built for the big stages and crowds. It then goes from new to old with 'Anything Can Happen In The Next Half Hour' which rarely gets a playout anymore and so is a welcome surprise to the fans here.
Even technical difficulties can’t stop their momentum ticking during 'The Last Garrison' which is then followed by an equally energetic 'Radiate'. 'Arguing With Thermometers' sounds particularly great with the use of the 360-degree speakers within the arena as the noise travels around the crowds heads.
It moves swiftly onto new song 'Rabble Rouser' which is very similar in tone to the early works of The Prodigy. The audience are allowed a moment to relax during and intimate version of 'Airfield' which is then followed by the remix of 'Adieu' off their debut released a decade ago.
Towards the end, they rattle through four of their rowdier cuts in the space of 8 minutes comprising of 'Sorry You’re Not A Winner', 'Snakepit', 'Meltdown' and 'Antwerpen'. Final song 'Live Outside' sees everyone here tonight in full voice singing along amidst the crowd surfers and pits forming at the front. They are a band who have worked relentlessly over the last decade and have always been loyal to a fanbase which has always been there for them and therefore deserve to be playing places like this.
Did they put on much of a show?
They are renowned for their energetic live performances and it’s complemented by a set and light show which is ready for the arenas. Whilst the venues are getting bigger they still give it their all as if they are playing the intimate sweat boxes of yesteryear.
What was the highlight of the set?
The overall soundscape is great tonight utilising a unique surround sound system which channels noises from all corners of the arena. The sounds of helicopters and radars genuinely feel as though they are going right over your head and really throws you into the thick of it.
Where can I catch them next?
There are two shows left on their UK arena tour and then they're off to Europe. Next time we see them may well be next summer's festivals...