My year of gigs started with a bang last night, thanks to Enter Shikari’s excellent Portsmouth Pyramids show. Three diverse but talented support acts got the crowd excited for the main act.
Unfortunately I was unable to snap any pictures, but here’s my verdict on The Mindsweep Tour’s opening night.
The first support were Glaswegian four-piece Fatherson, and I enjoyed their performance a lot. The vocals from lead singer Ross Leighton were on point throughout the entire set. Their style reminded me a lot of Lonely The Brave, which is definitely not a bad comparison to make. Check out the video for I Like Not Knowing, a track from their setlist last night:
Next up were allusondrugs, and whilst I’m not a massive fan of their style of music, I still enjoyed their performance. All five band members were dripping with enthusiasm (and sweat), and frontman Jason Moules had plenty of attitude. Blaming the crowd for the day’s rain may not have been a great move, though. Check out the video for their track Nervous, one of the better songs from their setlist.
The final support act were Kent five-piece Feed The Rhino, and this is when the night started to get messy. The pit opened up during this set, thanks to the band’s flawless performance. I’d never heard any music by these guys before last night, but I’ll definitely be following them from now on. Here’s the video for their track Deny And Offend to give you an idea of what their set was like.
Finally, Enter Shikari took to the stage. They started the night with a mash-up of pop and dance remixes giving the audience a countdown until the start of the show. I’ve never seen a crowd more excited with 10 minutes still to go until the main act appeared.
They opened with The Appeal And The Mindsweep I, which I wasn’t particularly surprised about, but Shikari definitely have better openers.
Their setlist was fantastic for fans of their latest two albums, The Mindsweep and A Flash Flood Of Colour. Old school fans may have been disappointed, as the only older songs on the setlist were Destabilise, Radiate, Juggernauts, Mothership and Slipshod. I was also pretty gutted that I had to leave early to catch my train home and ended up missing Sssnakepit, one of my favourite Shikari tracks.
Their stripped-back version of Dear Future Historians, which included Rou playing an upright piano on stage, was a really beautiful part of the night. I won’t forget it any time soon.
Although there were a couple of technical hitches, I think Enter Shikari smashed last night’s gig. If the rest of their UK tour dates go as well as last night, they’re on to a winner.