Enter Shikari to embark on North American tour in 2018

With a couple of months left before 2017 finally comes to an end, Enter Shikari is already making plans for early 2018. On Tuesday (Oct. 3), the British band announced plans to hit the North American road in early 2018. Their upcoming tour which will be in support of their recently released record, The Spark, will kick off on Jan. 19, 2018 at the Mohawk in Austin, Texas. The over-a-month-long tour will then come to a close on Feb. 27, 2018 at the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, Arizona.

Heading out alongside the four-piece will be United Kingdom-based punk band Milk Teeth. Milk Teeth will hit the road with Enter Shikari in support of their new EP, Go Away. According to Enter Shikari’s social media, another group is set to join them on the road, but the identity of that band has yet to be confirmed. Tickets for the upcoming tour will go on sale beginning this Friday, Oct. 6, at noon local time.

Enter Shikari’s North American tour will be the follow-up to the group’s massive European trek which will kick off on Nov. 16 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. That tour will conclude on Dec. 12 at the Tonhalle in Munich, Germany, closing out their touring schedule just in time for the holidays.

Enter Shikari released their fifth studio album, The Spark on Sept. 22 through Ambush Reality/PIAS Recordings. The Spark reached the number 22 spot on Billboard‘s Alternative Album chart and the number five spot on the U.K. Albums chart. For now, the complete list of tour dates can be seen below.

ENTER SHIKARI 2018 TOUR DATES:

Jan. 19 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk
Jan. 20 – Dallas, TX – Trees
Jan. 22 – Orlando, FL – The Social
Jan. 23 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
Jan. 25 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
Jan. 26 – Raleigh, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Jan. 27 – Richmond, VA – Capital Ale House
Jan. 28 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Jan. 30 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
Feb. 2 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Feb. 3 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Feb. 5 – Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount
Feb. 6 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
Feb. 8 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Hall
Feb. 9 – Chicago, IL – Metro
Feb. 10 – St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Hall
Feb. 11 – Winnipeg, MB – The Pyramid Cabaret
Feb. 13 – Calgary, AB – Commonwealth
Feb. 14 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Ballroom
Feb. 16 – Vancouver, BC – Imperial
Feb. 17 – Seattle, WA – Neumo’s
Feb. 18 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
Feb. 20 – Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst Atrium
Feb. 23 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
Feb. 24 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
Feb. 25 – San Diego, CA – The Irenic
Feb. 27 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom

Enter Shikari Frontman Addresses Incident at Recent Show

Things did not turn out so good for Enter Shikari frontman Rou Reynolds.

During a show at Plymouth Pyramids last Monday (Feb. 16), the frontman had decided to go into the crowd during “Radiate”/”Gandhi Mate” and something led to another and Reynolds punched someone in the crowd.

In a fanshot video, which only lasts five second and is really dark, you can kind of make out Reynolds punching said person.

Instead of letting the incident get a life of its own (even if it’s been over a week),Reynolds has taken to the web to clarify what went on and led to his decision to knock someone out.

Sadly, it’s something that has become a major problem at shows when band members go into the crowd or even when fans decided to jump on the stage. According to Reynolds, while he was in the dense crowd, some audience members decided to start pulling his pants down and feel his “undercarriage.”

He said he tried to get them to stop by being a “big man,” but that plan failed and led to what happened in the video.

Read his full statement below.

“Hi all, Rou here.

Just seen this video and in order to stop speculation just thought I’d clear up what happened.
After performing the end of ‘Radiate’ in the crowd some people behind me began trying to pull my trousers down . I tried to push them away a few times but due to the density of the crowd this didn’t work. It then progressed (perhaps fuelled by some sort of stubborn oneupmanship) and I began to have my buttocks and my… er, ‘undercarriage’ groped. At this point I spun round pretty shocked and intimidated and asked angrily if they “wanted a punch” – lighter approaches having not worked! – hoping his would stop it.

That seemed to do the opposite and gave them more vigour. I defy anyone to have their scrotum grabbed and not lash out instinctively…

Obviously violence is never the answer and I’m very unhappy personally with how I acted. I should have left the crowd and headed back to stage immediately when this started happening but due to the density of the crowd and the intensity of the situation things played out differently, I’m only human.

The rest of the show was thoroughly enjoyable and the audience overall were great. Everyone else we met before and after the show was absolutely lovely too. It’s a shame but obviously because of this incident I won’t be heading into densely packed crowds in the near future.

P.S. To address the “they paid to see you, so it doesn’t matter what they did…” argument; the ticket price for an Enter Shikari show doesn’t include free access to my gonads I’m afraid. You’re not a doctor. And I’m not a prostitute.

We appreciate & respect every single person that supports us and all we ask in return is respect back. The way this person/people acted was not respectful whatsoever.”

Download Festival Add 23 Artists to Line-Up

It’s been a little over two months since England’s Download festival has announced the acts to be taking the stage at the annual summer festival.

Now, after their dry spell or maybe they were trying to build suspense, festival organizers have unveil a total of 23 new artists who will be making their way to Donington Park in June.

Joining previously announced acts like Muse, KISS, Mötley Crüe, Marilyn Manson, and Faith No More will be: Andrew W.K., In Flames, Testament, We Are Harlot, newly reunited L7, and many more. Check out the full list of the newest additions below.

2015 DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL UPDATED LINE-UP:

Slipknot
Muse
KISS
Judas Priest
Five Finger Death Punch
Faith No More
A Day to Remember
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators
Black Stone Cherry
Marilyn Manson
Enter Shikari

Andrew W.K.
In Flames
Testament
We Are Harlot
L7
Hellyeah
All That Remains
Fearless Vampire Killers
Ace Frehley
Tremonti
Black Star Riders
Thunder
The Ghost Inside
King 810
Defeater
Chelsea Grin
Evil Scarecrow
Bombus
Gnarwolves
Hands Like Houses
Stray From the Path
Creeper
Blood Youth

Download Festival will take place during the weekend of June 12-14, 2015 at Donington Park in England. Tickets for the event are currently on sale.