Enter Shikari/ Motorpoint Arena / 23.02.2016
I’m sorry this is a week late but I have been super busy with uni work and I haven’t found the time to sit down and write this. Luckily, the show was that memorable I haven’t forgotten a single moment.
I first heard about this tour a couple of weeks before moving up to Cardiff and I think to say that I was excited was an understatement. Over the years I have seen Shikari grow as a band, I remember being 13 sat watching them at Reading festival and when sorry you’re not came on a group of three boys walked past and did the clap, and since that moment I have wanted to be part of this. I have seen them play tiny stages, like the last headline show I saw they played a 600 standing capacity venue and now I’ve seen them play massive arenas. I love being part of this journey and I always feel satisfied when I do the clap, whether it be along to the CD or when seeing them live.
This show was an event that many anticipated for months, most people I would ask if they were going would answer with “of course” as if asking them was a stupid question. I feel Shikari are a band that many love and enjoy despite their preferred genre, and after their dj set last month I think the overall excitement to see them grew even stronger.
Obviously, they put on a brilliant show in pure Shikari fashion. Full of energy,passion, lights and an amazing setlist.
It is obvious the amount of work the band put in. If you have followed any of their social media for the past few months you would be able to see all the late nights they put into this tour. It is inspiring to see the passion they all have, and was amazing to see it all come to life. distorted The stage production blew me away, during some songs I actually didn’t feel like I was on earth. I have never seen graphics at a show as beautiful as Shikari’s (minus David Cameron popping up during Ghandi, mate Ghandi). They had picked graphics that fitted each song perfectly, I think that is one of the amazing things about Shikari, they don’t just play a few songs they put on a show.
A show that ended up with Rou singing on a piano in the middle of the arena. Personally, I was expecting him to do something crazy like that because the last time I saw them he ended up hanging out of a balcony, but I wasn’t expecting it to be for a slower section. When this happened I did feel like I was at a Fall Out Boy show, only because they had done this both times seeing them in the same arena, but it was still beautiful.
And finally, I don’t think I could talk about this show without mentioning the quadraphonic sound system. If you are unaware of what this is, its basically two speakers at the back of the arena as well as at the front. This allows the sound to reach all of the arena. I think its safe to say it was a loud one, Shikari are loud anyway and this just amplified it more. That feeling of bass rippling through your body was constant, it made you feel alive. Quadraphonic sound is the future, I feel privileged to be have been part of this.
*All photos are my own*