Enter Shikari ready to smash this summer’s festivals

PUBLISHED: 22:29 15 May 2013 | UPDATED: 22:29 15 May 2013

St Albans band Enter Shikari will be playing Download and Glastonbury this summer

St Albans band Enter Shikari will be playing Download and Glastonbury this summer


WHILE Enter Shikari’s recent tour took the band to more intimate venues, including the Forum in Hatfield, the St Albans quartet will still be hitting the UK festival circuit like a sledgehammer this summer.

Having smashed last year’s Isle of Wight Festival and then been voted the best band at Reading and Leeds by users of NME.com, it’s Download and Glastonbury on the post-hardcore group’s agenda for 2013.

The Hertfordshire band will headline the second stage at metal fest Download, at Donington Park, on Saturday, June 15.

Topping the main stage line-up that night are heavy metal legends Iron Maiden with their awesome Maiden England set.

Enter Shikari frontman Rou Reynolds told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “Luckily we don’t actually clash with Maiden. I believe our set finishes about 15 minutes before theirs starts.

“I really can’t wait for this one, I absolutely love playing outdoors, it’s an honour to be headlining and I’m sure we’ll do all we can to make it a classic show.”

Unlike their recent Return to Energiser tour, where the band were preaching to the already converted, the festival scene is an altogether different beast.

Rou says: “We definitely revel in the chance to be able to play to people that aren’t familiar with us.

“We love seeing the confused/angry/happy reactions.”

A fortnight after Download, Enter Shikari pitch up at Worthy Farm again to play Glastonbury.

It’s not the first time Rou, Rory Clewlow, Chris Batten and Rob Rolfe have had the call from the Eavis family to play the legendary festival, which will be headlined this year for the first time by The Rolling Stones.

Rou is hoping to savour more of the famous Glastonbury vibe this time around.

On the band’s previous visits, he said: “We actually didn’t get to see much when we played it, it was a bit of a rush in, get the job done, rush out ordeal as we had other festivals on the days before and after it.

“It did appear to have a great vibe across the whole of the colossal site though! We hope to stay for a bit of it this year.

“Would love to see Steve Winwood, The Infinite Monkey Cage, David Rodigan and Seth Lakeman.”

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