LIVE REVIEW: Enter Shikari, As Everything Unfolds, Trash Boat @ Middlesbrough Town Hall (22.05.22) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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It’s a blistering one-two combination from opening acts Buckinghamshire’s As Everything Unfolds and St Albarn’s Trash Boat, who set an early tone for solid rock/metalcore energy tonight; Trash Boat in particular taking tracks from recent album Don’t You Feel Amazing and kicking them as hard as possible into the sell-out crowd. 

A quick turnaround, and a series of really nice ‘T-minus’ announcements from the PA system and it’s time for Enter Shikari to coming bursting out of the wings full of intent and spirit. Opener The Great Unknown starts the show off with a high energy and drama benchmark, whilst the metal/rock outfit smash themselves and their instruments into a thousand pieces amid some serious confetti pyrotechnic work. 

By two songs in, and the exit from the mosh pit of several should-have-known-better’s, Enter Shikari have the audience in the palm of their hands with varying combinations of break beats, strobes, industrial rock effects and floor-shaking bass grooves. A few stops here and there for crowd management, and a couple of extended thank you’s to the audience aside, this is a full-frontal attack from the band which doesn’t pause for breath. It may have been delayed for two years, but it was well worth it.   

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