UK genre-defying four-piece Enter Shikari have announced their first ever visit to Mexico, as part of 2016’s KnotFest weekend. The band will open the Main Stage on Sunday, October 16, performing alongside previously announced artists such as Deftones, The Offpring and, of course, Slipknot.
Enter Shikari frontman Rou Reynolds had this to say:
“We can’t wait to finally play Mexico. Over the years we’ve met so many people who’ve traveled to see us around the world from there, and it’s always felt that there is such a genuine passion for our music in there and we’ve never been able to experience it. I’m sorry it’s taken so long but hopefully with this will be just the beginning.”
The band also will head out on a tour of the UK, taking in some of the biggest venues they have ever headlined in their decade-long career. In the DIY fashion that the band have become synonymous with, the video screen content and programming for the front of house quadrophonic audio system has all been created and slaved over for months by the band themselves. Wary of the potential disaster / glorious victory that lies ahead, but never ones to shy away from lifting the curtain to show the inner-workings of their endeavors, the band consider it a wise move to ensure someone is on hand to capture it all on video.
Enter Shikari met photographer / videographer Alexey Makhov on one of their now regular trips to Russia; so when he mentioned his availability prior to the tour, it struck everyone as a no-brainer.
The resulting 30 minute mini-documentary mixes beautifully shot & edited live footage, behind the scenes access, and candid interviews with the band; following them from the tour’s production rehearsals right through to its conclusion at a sold out show at London’s 9000 capacity Alexandra Palace.
Frontman Rou Reynolds had this to say on the subject:
“It was great to have Alexy along to document the biggest tour of our lives. He captured both the tension behind the scenes and the emotional release on stage perfectly! “
The band recently released the only usable surviving full live track footage from the Alexandra Palace show (Don’t ask. Technical issues) in the form of a live version of “Redshift”, edited by Rou and with audio mixed by guitarist Rory C. you can see that here:
A full audio recording of the Alexandra Palace show, however, DOES exist, and has now been mixed and mastered.
Details of what will be happening with that will be forthcoming shortly.
Enter Shikari have a small number of European festival dates remaining this summer, along with an outdoor headline show at Budapest’s Barba Nagra Track, before heading to Japan and finally rounding off their live 2016 with a short Australian run.