With this being the last date of the UK leg of the tour, you would expect something special from Enter Shikari. The boys from St. Albans certainly did not disappoint.
The Hammersmith Apollo was packed and the temperature kept rising as Enter Shikari opened the show with ‘System...’ playing in the background before launching into ‘Meltdown’ sending the rarely dormant crowd into chaos as the extremely impressive lasers engulfed the air surrounding the famous inverted triangle the band has adopted as their trademark.
Song after song got the crowd going with pit formations for each as everyone sings along. Then the synth intro to ‘Mothership’ comes in, producing one of the biggest reactions of the night with bodies flying left right and centre, closely followed by ‘Juggernauts’ almost gaining an identical response.
Other highlights of the night had to include the political ‘Gandhi Mate, Gandhi’ with everyone taking delight in screaming, “we’re sick of this shit” and of course ‘Arguing With Thermometers’ allowing a very special guest in Phillis McCleavland (Rou Reynolds Ron Burgundy-esque alter ego) to make an appearance.
As the gig comes to the close, Rou Reynolds thanks his fans for making this tour “incredible” followed by thanking everyone and their brother which included lighting rig guys, the security, cleaners and bar staff to name a few.
As the guys left the stage, “shi-kari” and “and still we will be here, standing like statues” echoed around the venue before the band returned to play ‘Return to Energiser’ and ‘Sssnakepit’ as confetti blasted through the air followed by downpour of bubbles. Sweat drenched bodies headed for the exits as Venga Boys came over the speakers for a last hurrah.
Lasers, sweat, confetti and bubbles are the best ways to describe what went on during this night, and we left the venue happily bruised and battered. Enter Shikari are a great live act and have became masters of putting on a show. Energy from the stage spills into the crowd leaving everyone more than satisfied with what they came to see.