By Alan Davies, Music editor
Sunday, January 20, 2013
ENTER Shikari have confirmed the support acts for their Hertfordshire homecoming concert at the Forum in Hatfield this spring.
The post-hardcore quartet from St Albans announced on Wednesday an ‘off-the-beaten track’ UK tour for April, with one of the dates in Hatfield.
Forum favourites Rob Rolfe, Chris Batten, Rou Reynolds and Rory Clewlow will play the University of Hertfordshire venue for a fourth time on Friday, April 26, having played three Christmas gigs there in 2009 and 2010.
The group’s Return To Energiser 2013 UK and Ireland tour will see them playing 24 intimate shows in towns they have either not played for a long time, never played before, or that never really get rock shows on their doorstep.
Support for all dates will come from hotly-tipped technical-metal/grime hybrid quintet Hacktivist.
The Hatfield show only will also feature special guests and former touring partners Don Broco, who released debut album Priorities last year.
Of the Forum Hertfordshire show, the Bedford four-piece tweeted the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “Can’t wait bro! Just like the old times. Bring it on!”
Also playing the College Lane site will be JBM.
Enter Shikari frontman Rou Reynolds (@RouReynolds) tweeted: “At Shikari’s Hatfield Forum show in April, the infamous Hertfordshire hXc legends, the JBM will be playing. Can’t wait.”
Of the April UK tour, which takes in dates in places such as Dorking, Falmouth, Northampton, Swansea, Scunthorpe, Lincoln, Belfast and Peterborough, the band said: “We speak to a lot of people who come to the big shows and we’re very aware that a large number of them travel distances to come and see us.
“Not everyone lives in a major city, so we figured it was time we went out and tried to visit some people a little closer to home.
“It’s going to be awesome to be in small rooms and up-close-and-personal with crowds again, plus visiting some new places along the way.”
Tickets for the Hatfield show went on sale last week priced £20.
Enter Shikari have also been confirmed for the Download Festival 2013 in June.
“We can’t wait to get back to Donington,” said the band.
“It was the first festival we ever played, way back in 2006 and we’ve had amazing crowds both times we played.
“Download’s a great festival to play at, so we’re glad they wanted us back!”