Enter Shikari 11/12/09


13 déc. 2009, 1h51m

Fri 11 Dec – Enter Shikari, Canterbury, DJ Pdex

For a relatively new, unknown band they got a decent response from the packed out venue, even getting the whole crowd to sing the melodic line in their last song; 'Friends? We're More Like A Gang'. The entire band was enthusiastic and lively, jumping around the stage and getting completely involved in the music. Although they may not have gotten the best response from the crowd, and their music did not really suit the rest of the line-up, they respectively met fans in the reception, signing anything handed to them. For their first time in Belfast, they unquestionably did a good job.

DJ Pdex
PDex was, quite frankly, amazing. He got the whole crowd jumping and screaming, even though a majority of the people there wouldn't usually listen to DubStep and the type of music PDex plays. From start to finish the crowd was a mass of jumping bodies, with a lot less moshing and Pdex's set gave no time to stop moving. It was a solid list with no breaks, playing his own remix's of Wonderwall by Oasis and some remix's of the Prodigy too. PDex's music was fantastic, definately setting the mood for Shikari.

Enter Shikari

As the headline act, Enter Shikari had a lot expected of them from the anxiously awaiting Belfast crowd, and the excitement in the air was almost literal. The screams left the voice at the start of 'Common Dreads' almost inaudiable with a unanimous chanting of "We Must Unite" which was abandoned for even louder screams when the band came on stage. All at once Shikari and the crowd were one, receiting "Here tonight i clock a thousand heads, here to unite through common dreads" along with Rou as well as breaking into mosh pits and frantic thrashing with the transition into 'Solidarity'. The bands performance was energetic as Rou ran across the stage placing his foot on any object he could and screaming the lyrics into his microphone. The setlist was exactly what it needed to be, incorporating both their new and old tracks, playing exceptionally fantastic renditions of 'The Feast', 'Gap In The Fence' and 'The Jester' . During 'No Sleep Tonight' Rou stopped the song to contend with a security guard for trying to throw a young boy out of the venue for moshing. He started a chant of "In in in" and then professionally attempted to find a good place to start the song again. During the break, the crowd started singing "You're not gettting any sleep tonight" over and over until the music started again. The highlights were obvious; the unison of the "Mate! What the fuck are you on about!" during 'Zzzonked' and the collective screaming of the "No Sweat. No Tears. No Guilt". The encore was frankly, incredible with the almost full capacity of 400 simultaneously clapping in 'Sorry, You're Not A Winner' and the hectic moshing and circle pits during 'Juggernauts' . As the band disappeared backstage, the crowd reluctantly left, dripping with sweat accompanied with their throats hoarse from screaming and singing.

Despite the frankly ridiculious time taken to set up between acts, the gig was a mind blowing joining of professional, experienced bands who gave their absolute everything in the unreal performances.


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