Enter Shikari close out their mammoth Stop The Clocks UK tour in style on Tyneside.

One of the hardest working bands around, Enter Shikari have been touring relentlessly over the last couple of months, during a tour which has taken them the length and breadth of the United Kingdom.

Tonight’s show being somewhat of a more intimate affair than 2017’s date at the Metro Radio Arena. Subsequently, the O2 Academy Newcastle is packed to the rafters with diehard fans, many of whom have attended multiple dates on this run, as the St Alban’s based outfit cross the finish line on this monumental musical journey.

Art rockers Palaye Royale have been making waves as special guests to Enter Shikari throughout this tour. The Las Vegas-based outfit has become renowned for their wild rock n roll shows, but this evening the band are on best behaviour and have their name up in lights (quite literally) for all of the right reasons.

With screams from the crowd before the band have even taken to the stage, it’s immediately apparent that Palaye Royale has brought their fans with them this evening. With only a short time to make an impact, the group blast their way through a high octane seven-song set that showcases their first two albums Boom Boom Room (Side A) and Boom Boom Room (Side B). This includes tracks such as “How Do You Do?”, “Don’t Feel Quite Right” and “You’ll Be Fine”. On the strength of tonight’s performance, it’s fair to say we will be seeing a lot more to come from Palaye Royale in the future, they are one to watch out for in 2019 for sure.

As cannons side stage propel confetti through the air during “Labyrinth”, it’s clear from the off that tonight Enter Shikari intend to go out with a bang. With an arena production packed into the confines of the O2 Academy Newcastle stage, this evening no expense has been spared.

Enter Shikari’s energy is infectious, and from the moment the band hits the stage, crowd surfers make a beeline towards the front of the house. There is a real party atmosphere inside the O2 Academy Newcastle, frontman Rou Reynolds declares that he can’t believe that it’s a Monday night.

The band’s career-spanning set draws heavily from their latest album The Spark, with eight songs from the record featuring. This includes the likes of the explosive “Rabble Rouser”, the melodic “Shinrin-Yoku” and the heartfelt “Airfield”.

Shikari is currently celebrating the 10th anniversary of their sophomore album Common Dreads. Subsequently, the band take a nostalgic look back at the record with the inclusion of songs such as the acoustic ballad “Gap In The Fence”, the bass-heavy “Havoc B” and the intense “Hectic”.

As has become customary, the band mix things up with their frantic Quickfire Round. In the matter of a few short minutes, the quartet segue four classics in the shape of “Sorry You’re Not A Winner”, “The Last Garrison”, “Meltdown” and “Anaesthetist” into the mix, and by doing so they bring Shikari’s main set to an explosive conclusion.

A three-song encore featuring an emotive solo performance of “Take My Country Back”, the thunderous “Juggernauts” and the last song of the tour “Live Outside”, closes out the night and this run in proper fashion.

Tonight Enter Shikari proves that they are at the peak of their musical powers right now. The band deliver a crowd-pleasing set that covers all of the bases and leaves no stone unturned in the process. The Stop The Clocks tour will now continue into mainland Europe throughout March and April and is not to be missed.

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Event Date: 04-Feb-2019

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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