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Enter Shikari announce lengthy tour in intimate venues

By | Published on Thursday 12 July 2018

Enter Shikari

Enter Shikari have announced new tour dates to run through December, January and on into February. The length of the tour is due to a grand plan to play to as many fans as they have on previous tours, but in smaller venues.

“Our most recent UK tours have been of the ‘eight or nine shows in arenas/big sheds’ variety”, says frontman Rou Reynolds. “So we consciously wanted to switch it up a bit going into 2019. Enter Shikari have always kept dipping back into more intimate venues over the years, no matter how big our headline shows have become. That’s where we cut our teeth”.

“The heat-sweat-and-visceral-human-connection of smaller gigs is every bit the equal of the impressive-scale-and-expensive-production of arena shows”, he adds. “We’ve never seen the latter as an evolution away from the former. They exist on opposite sides of the same coin for us”.

Speaking of coins, this model of touring also means the band can charge less for tickets at a time when people are feeling the pinch more. “It’s also no secret that austerity and the looming potential disaster of Brexit have seen people having to be a lot more careful with how they spend their money”, Reynolds continues.

“With things being what they are right now, it doesn’t seem fair for only those who can afford the travel to a major city for a night out – plus the inevitable other costs that go along with it – to be able to see a show”, he concludes. “Playing 28 dates across the UK is our way of taking what we do back to as many people as possible, in the most intimate and direct way”.

So here – deep breath – are all the tour dates:

1 Dec: Lincoln, Engine Shed
2 Dec: Keele University
3 Dec: Hull, The Welly
4 Dec: Cardiff, Tramshed
6 Dec: Frome, Cheese & Grain
7 Dec: Exeter, Lemongrove
8 Dec: Plymouth University
9 Dec: Portsmouth, Pyramids
10 Jan: Sheffield, Academy
11 Jan: Nottingham, Rock City
12 Jan: London, Brixton Academy
13 Jan: Leicester, Academy
15 Jan: Llandudno, Venue Cymru
16 Jan: Liverpool, Academy
18 Jan: Bristol, Academy
19 Jan: Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
20 Jan: Norwich, UEA
23 Jan: Glasgow, Barrowland
24 Jan: Aberdeen, Beach Ballroom
25 Jan: Inverness, Ironworks
26 Jan: Preston, Guildhall
28 Jan: Northampton, Roadmender
29 Jan: Southampton, Guildhall
30 Jan: Cambridge, Corn Exchange
1 Feb: Birmingham, Academy
2 Feb: Leeds, Academy
3 Feb: Manchester Academy
4 Feb: Newcastle, Academy