Enter Shikari announce new UK Christmas tour dates
FRESH from smashing it at the Reading and Leeds Festival over the weekend, Enter Shikari have announced a run of UK dates to see out the year.
Following a summer of high-profile festival slots across Europe, including main stage appearances at the likes of Rock Am Ring / Rock Im Park in Germany, T In The Park in Scotland, Frequency in Austria, Pukkelpop in Belgium and not forgetting Reading and Leeds, where the St Albans quartet played their biggest festival spot thus far, the band will return to Australia for headline dates and then the USA for six weeks, before rounding off 2012 with a series of Christmas shows.
Enter Shikari’s festive events have become somewhat the proverbial ‘stuff of legend’ over recent years, with a couple of Christmas shows at the Forum in Hatfield going down a storm.
The 2010 event was also immortalised on the band’s Live From Planet Earth DVD / CD set from last year, so the decision was made to this winter take the show out to the rest of the country, rather than dragging the rest of the country down to Hertfordshire.
And shunning the chance of playing arenas following the top five success of recent album A Flash Flood of Colour, the post-hardcore quartet will instead play smaller venues over two nights.
They will kick-off their A Flash Flood Of Christmas UK tour at the Ritz in Manchester on Thursday, December 6 and Friday, December 7.
The band will then travel to the Academy in Newcastle on Sunday, December 9, before playing two dates at Glasgow’s famous Barrowlands in Scotland on the Monday and Tuesday.
The Hertfordshire group will headline the Institute in Birmingham on December 14-15 and then London’s Roundhouse on Sunday, December 16 and Monday, December 17.
The final two dates will be at UEA in Norwich on Wednesday, December 19 and Thursday, December 20.
Enter Shikari will be supported by special guests Cancer Bats, from Toronto, Canada, and Brighton’s Engine-Earz Experiment.
These dates are Enter Shikari’s first proper UK headline shows since a sold-out short run in March, which culminated in a packed and triumphant gig at London’s 5,000 capacity Hammersmith Apollo.
Vocalist/electronicist Rou Reynolds said: “With the last set of UK shows being the biggest ones we’d done so far, there was expectation and pressure on us from some directions to move up into bigger rooms for this tour, as the ‘media perception’ of looking like you can play an arena (even with half of it curtained off) is apparently supposed to be of some worth.
“But when you factor in the basic facts of charging fans higher ticket prices so they can watch you from further away from the stage, and be charged £6 a pint into the bargain, it starts to feel like quite a cost just to be able to limply say ‘we played Wembley’, so we made the choice of actually going smaller for this tour and doing double nights instead.
“It will be nice to be able to spend some time in the cities, too. Having the chance to lie in, then walk around a bit and do some Christmas shopping will be a welcome luxury.
“Maybe we’ll throw a couple of after-shows in some places too, as me and Rob love an opportunity for some post-show DJ action when we don’t have to travel afterwards.”
Of the tour’s guests, Rou added: “Playing with artists like Cancer Bats and Engine-Earz as openers will be great too.
“Both of them are amazing and each brings something completely different to the show, and we’d like to think it will be giving the fans the chance to experience a really exciting and musically diverse bill.”
Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Friday, August 31.
For more details, visit www.entershikari.com