Review and photography by Chris Bowley.

So to accompany their recently released album ‘The Spark’ these eclectic musicians bring their tour to Nottingham, as part of a series of arena tours. Welcome to the Motorpoint Arena tonight, Enter Shakiri.

20171118 - Enter Shikari - Nottingham Motorpoint Arena - 18112017 - 35

On entering the Nottingham Arena it was nice to see what appeared to be fairly well laid out good proportions, with a fairly full floor but approximately a quarter of the floor was still free and many seats were vacant. Prior to Enter Shikari is an introduction about secret missions. Part of this introduction we hear a plane fly around the arena in a 360 degrees, which was hilarious, as we watch everyone tilt their heads around expecting to see something, this meant, the sound was going to be amazing with full surround sound.

20171118 - Enter Shikari - Nottingham Motorpoint Arena - 18112017 - 37

The fans start to play with blown up condom as it raises and falls as it lands the current mission refers to touchdown and the crowd roars, as everyone watching laughs. We’re about to be wowed further as the show stars with sonar radar in centre of attention as it pulsates with 3 dots representing the band with the centre being Rou, followed by a mesmerising array of lights and a captivating but crazy Rou enters looking wacky as ever. His images is one of those that attention Is immediately drawn to smart but out there, The stage setup looks very Sci-Fi/WWII style with some weird touch synthesiser reminding me of the game fall out.

20171118 - Enter Shikari - Nottingham Motorpoint Arena - 18112017 - 25

20171118 - Enter Shikari - Nottingham Motorpoint Arena - 18112017 - 22

Enough waffle, opening up with ‘The Sights’ as the fans dive into dancing away as Rou never stops bouncing and twirling around stage. ‘Take My Country’ sounds wicked and reminds me of Lonely the Brave or maybe it’s the other way round but LTB have a very powerful sound captivating tracks just as this is and the audience sing along.

“Make some noise for yourselves!” Rou shouts to the crowd everyone band and fans alike claps above head with heavy guitars intro booming into ‘The Last Garrison’ as Rou jumps around stage. He requests the crowd to jump with him as he proceeds to jump on and off the speaker stacks with some more jumping, twisting and turning and trying to tire, but shows no signs.

20171118 - Enter Shikari - Nottingham Motorpoint Arena - 18112017 - 4

20171118 - Enter Shikari - Nottingham Motorpoint Arena - 18112017 - 14

As the set is coming to a close the pace comes down, it goes completely dark, we see Rou in the centre of the Arena’s sound desk with a piano to perform a melodic ‘Airfield’, which goes down a storm. As the fans slowly realise what’s happening they swarm around.

‘Radiate’ gets restarted due a to a sound malfunction, as a drum stick breaks and hits the off button, Ooops!  But still is impressive where the circular radar is now the moon,  but throughout the show, it is many things as a moving video and other band imagery.

20171118 - Enter Shikari - Nottingham Motorpoint Arena - 18112017 - 38

To finish the regular set we get something never done before: “We are going to do a quick fire round, were going to play 4 songs in 8 minutes and they all play at 174BPM!” Rou Shouts “I NEED TO KNOW ARE YOU READY FOR THIS!!!!” This was played well land a great finish,; the encore closes tonight with ‘Red Shift’ and ‘Live Outside’.

So my thoughts on tonight? Yeah, they were good, this was a ballsy show, with lots of things unexpected, they didn’t finish with their biggest hit but ‘Redshift’ was a nice pre-finish. The quick fire round was interesting and fun the image of the band is one that’s very striking and the light display was something you would expect from an Arena. I would prefer to see them in an Academy venue, more close and personal, but I don’t think you’d get this level of sound or lighting.

20171118 - Enter Shikari - Nottingham Motorpoint Arena - 18112017 - 29

20171118 - Enter Shikari - Nottingham Motorpoint Arena - 18112017 - 43

There is no doubt they invested time and money into this setup and it’s a shame they didn’t sell out the Arena, they do have a lot going for them and a show definitely worth watching. It’s nice when you can go outside your comfort zone, be ballsy because you know it will work as you believe in your fans, it pays off. See you Soon Enter Shikari love Gig Junkies!

For more images from tonight’s gig check out our Flickr page.

Leave a Reply