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Enter Shikari have announced their longest tour to date with a string of UK shows later this year.
Hot off the heels of winning Best Album at the Kerrang! Awards for their latest release The Spark, and a summer full of festivals, the Hertfordshire five-piece kick things off on 1 December 2018 at Lincoln’s Engine Shed and finish on 4 February 2019 at O2 Academy Newcastle.
The extensive Stop The Clocks tour will also visit London’s 02 Academy Brixton, The Welly in Hull, the Cheese & Grain in Frome, Cymru in Llandudno, Glasgow Barrowlands and more.
“Our most recent UK tours have been of the “eight or nine shows in arenas / big sheds” variety, so we consciously wanted to switch it up a bit going into 2019,” founding member Rou Reynolds says.
“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. We’ve never seen the latter as an evolution away from the former. They exist on opposite sides of the same coin for us.”
“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. 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. 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.”
Enter Shikari released The Spark last year, including singles Live Outside and The Sights.
Enter Shikari launched onto the alternative scene in 2004 with their Anything Can Happen In The Next Half Hour debut EP, dropping Take To The Skies, their debut full-length, in 2007.
They’ve celebrated continued chart success with subsequent records, including 2009’s Common Dreads, 2012’s A Flash Flood Of Colour, and 2015’s The Mindsweep.
Here are those UK dates in full:
1 December 2018 – Engine Shed, Lincoln
2 December 2018 – SU, Keele
3 December 2018 – The Welly, Hull
4 December 2018 – Tramshed, Cardiff
6 December 2018 – Cheese & Grain, Frome
7 December 2018 – Lemongrove, Exeter
8 December 2018 – SU, Plymouth
9 December 2018 – Pyramids, Portsmouth
10 January 2019 – O2 Academy, Sheffield
11 January 2019 – Rock City, Nottingham
12 January 2019 – O2 Academy Brixton, London
13 January 2019 – O2 Academy, Leicester
15 January 2019 – Venue Cymrue, Llandudno
16 January 2019 – O2 Academy, Liverpool
18 January 2019 – O2 Academy, Bristol
19 January 2019 – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
20 January 2019 – UEA, Norwich
23 January 2019 – Barrowland, Glasgow
24 January 2019 – Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen
25 January 2019 – Ironworks, Inverness
26 January 2019 – Guildhall, Preston
28 January 2019 – Roadmender, Northampton
29 January 2019 – Guildhall, Southampton
30 January 2019 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
1 February 2019 – O2 Academy, Birmingham
2 February 2019 – O2 Academy, Leeds
3 February 2019 – Manchester Academy, Manchester
4 February 2019 – O2 Academy, Newcastle
Tickets will be available at 09:00 on Friday 13 July 2018 via Ticketmaster.co.uk.