Enter Shikari have proved numerous times that they are a force to be reckoned with, so of course I had to see them once more when they played Cologne past Sunday. The show at the “E-Werk” was sold out, just like almost every show of the band’s “Mindsweep Tour 2016” through the UK, Europe and North America, and one of Germans biggest TV channels even recorded it for a live broadcast.
Only hours before the show, Hacktivist was announced as the first opening act of the evening – no surprise when you consider that Hacktivist is currently touring Germany as well and had just released the single “Taken” featuring Enter Shikari-lead singer Rou Reynolds. The crowd really appreciated the addition to the line up especially when Rou joined Hacktivist on stage to perform “Taken”. Not long after their set, the second opener Modestep truly made the crowd go wild. Their frantic mixture of rock and dubstep opened the first circle pit of the evening – only one of many to come.
When singer Rou Reynolds tells the crowd that they have been one of the best audiences of the tour, you really believe him. Enter Shikari truly gave their all that evening: they crowd surfed while standing on an amplifier , sang on a balcony and even destroyed a keyboard, but in the end it’s that very special type of attitude they created with their lyrics, music and live shows since their first moments as a band, which makes each concert a special collective experience.