‘No Sleep Tonight’ when Enter Shikari play Lincoln

Cult anthem “Sorry You’re Not a Winner” still has hands clapping in sticky floored alternative-rock clubs the world over. Seven years on, Enter Shikari are onto far bigger things.

Fresh back from the U.S. leg of the Flash Flood of Colour World tour, they return with an extensive run of UK shows, hitting venues sometimes left forgotten during other large stadium tours.

Enter Shikari are set to play Lincoln on Monday, April 22nd. Photo:Pomona
Enter Shikari are set to play Lincoln on Monday, April 22nd. Photo:Pomona

The tour follows their third studio album “A Flash Flood of Colour”, and the band is set to play Lincoln’s Engine  Shed on Monday, April 22nd, 2013 as part of the run of UK dates.

Guitarist Rory Clewlow tells The Linc that the band are excited about the tour: “It’s very much a punk tour, so there will be sweat, smiles, ideas, positivity and community.”

It was only in February that Clewlow, along with singer and guitarist Rou Reynolds, bassist Chris Batten, and drummer Rob Rolfe, spent time in a Lincolnshire recording studio, posting pictures to fans on Twitter afterwards.

Clewlow says the band are excited to return, this time playing Lincoln as part of the tour: “Yeah, really looking forward to it, it should be a great night.”

“A Flash Flood of Colour” hit number four in the UK music charts, taking on a new sound and emphasising a message behind their song writing, particularly in “Stalemate” and “Ghandi mate, Ghandi”.

It was back in 2007 that Enter Shikari’s debut album “Take to the Skies” was released, entering the charts at number four. Their cult following, earned with previous EPs “Sorry You’re Not a Winner” and “Anything Can Happen in the Next Half Hour” stuck with them, as the band started to transcend genres with a mash-up of sounds.

“Common Dreads” saw heavy rock sounds and dub influences mixed with a touch of electronica, with “Juggernauts” hitting at 28 in the UK music charts in 2009.

The following year saw the band supporting The Prodigy with a huge outdoor set, along with supporting 30 seconds to Mars and touring Australia and the U.S.

Clewlow says although he and the band enjoy playing outdoor sets, they are looking forward to their fresh run of dates: “I love playing outdoors. I think those opportunities are my most treasured, I guess there’s something more primal and natural about being outside and it seems to fit with the music in some strange way.”

He continued: “But in terms of comparisons to smaller indoor shows we don’t really approach any show differently regardless, I think. To us, it is still playing the same music live in front of other human beings. It’s something we are very thankful and exited to do regardless of size or setting.”

Enter Shikari are playing Lincoln’s Engine Shed on Monday March 22nd, tickets are available from the Engine Shed box office or www.entershikari.com, at £15 plus booking fee.

You can read more from guitarist Rory Clewlow in the print edition of The Linc, out soon.

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