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  ENTER SHIKARI ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
24th August 2012



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Never ones to let the grass grow under their feet, Enter Shikari announce a run of UK dates to see out the year. These shows will see them play multiple dates in Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow, Birmingham, London and Norwich.

Following a summer of high-profile festival slots across Europe, including mainstage appearances at Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park (Germany), T In The Park (Scotland), Frequency (Austria), Pukkelpop (Belgium) and not forgetting Reading/Leeds (UK) where the band play their biggest festival spot of their career thus far, the band will return to Australia for headline dates and then the USA for six weeks, before rounding off 2012 with a brace of Christmas shows.

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Enter Shikari Christmas events have become somewhat the proverbial 'stuff of legend' over recent years (with the 2010 event having also been immortalised on the band's 'Live From Planet Earth' DVD/CD set from last year), so the decision was made to this year take the show out to the rest of the country, rather than dragging the rest of the country down to Hertfordshire.

These dates are Enter Shikari's first proper UK headline dates since a sold-out short run in March which culminated in a packed and triumphant show at London's 5000 capacity Hammersmith Apollo.

Special guests for the all the dates are Toronto, Canada's Cancer Bats and Brighton's Engine-Earz Experiment.

ENTERSHIKARI TOUR - DECEMBER 2012
THUR 6th MANCHESTER - RITZ
FRI 7th MANCHESTER - RITZ
SUN 9th NEWCASTLE - ACADEMY
MON 10th GLASGOW - BARROWLANDS
TUE 11th GLASGOW - BARROWLANDS
FRI 14th BIRMINGHAM - INSTITUTE
SAT 15th BIRMINGHAM - INSTITUTE
SUN 16th LONDON - ROUNDHOUSE
MON 17th LONDON - ROUNDHOUSE
WED 19th NORWICH - UEA
THU 20th NORWICH - UEA

Vocalist/electronicist Rou Reynolds had this to say on the subject of the tour: "With the last set of UK shows being the biggest ones we'd done so far, there was expectation and pressure on us from some directions to move up into bigger rooms for this tour, as the 'media perception' of looking like you can play an arena (even with half of it curtained off) is apparently supposed to be of some worth.

"But when you factor in the basic facts of charging fans higher ticket prices so they can watch you from further away from the stage, and be charged £6 a pint into the bargain, it starts to feel like quite a cost just to be able to limply say "we played Wembley", so we made the choice of actually going smaller for this tour and doing double nights instead.

"It will be nice to be able to spend some time in the cities too. Having chance to lie in, then walk around a bit and do some Christmas shopping will be a welcome luxury (not a lot of room to spend time relaxing anywhere when you spend nine months a year in a tour bus).

"Maybe we'll throw a couple of after-shows in some places too, as me and Rob love an opportunity for some post-show DJ action when we don't have to travel afterwards. Playing with artists like Cancer Bats and Engine-Earz as openers will be great too. Both of them are amazing and each brings something completely different to the show, and we'd like to think it will be giving the fans the chance to experience a really exciting and musically diverse bill".


WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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