hmv.com reviews… Enter Shikari @ Hatfield Forum
After playing just about everywhere on an exhaustive world tour in support of their third album A Flash Flood Of Colour (which you can hear by clicking on the icon on the right-hand side of the page), noiseniks Enter Shikari have been enjoying a well-earned bit of downtime. But they returned last night (June 26th) and played their first show of 2014, we were there to review things…
Enter Shikari, celebrated noise terrorists.
Hatfield Forum, we were here a few weeks ago for Slam Dunk Festival, it’s nice enough.
Any good supports?
Pop-punkers Roam opened up the show with their Wonder Years esque jams, which went down quite well. They were followed by bringers of riffs and destruction Baby Godzilla, who were a sight to behold. They spent pretty much the whole set in the crowd and were damn entertaining, even if it's hard to remember any actual songs they played.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
Stuffed full, not a spare ticket anywhere to be found. The crowd were absolutely rabid, from the second the band hit the stage, there were flying bodies and circle pits galore, it was carnage.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
75 minutes, kicking off with the track they took their name from and working their way through all the usual fan favourites and sure-fire hits. Recent singles ‘The Paddington Frisk’ and ‘Radiate’ flew out of the speakers, as did a powerhouse ‘Juggernauts’ and the immense closing volley of ‘Solidarity’ and ‘Zzzonked’.
They debuted one new track, a raw, angry, stripped back, dubby cut named ‘Anaesthetist’, you can hear it at the bottom of the page. It went down very well.
Any good between song banter?
Not too much, bassist Chris Batten introduced the new track and thanked the crowd for coming. There was a solid chunk of banter though, that came from drummer Rob Rolfe who spent the whole gig with a pink child’s backpack on his back and emerged from behind his kit to do his mock ‘Safety Simon’ demonstration where he advised people to keep calm and enjoy the show. They ignored him…
Did they put on much of a show?
They don’t do anything by halves, they brought their usual array of trippy lights and badass lasers, it compliments their audio assault perfectly.
What was the highlight of the set?
There were loads, but ‘Radiate’ sounded particularly colossal.
Where can I catch them next?
They’ve got a string of European festival shows before they head off for the gruelling slog that is the Warped Tour in the States. They’re back from Reading and Leeds Festivals later this summer.
Enter Shikari's back catalogue is available in hmv stores across the UK now.