Live Review: Panic! At The Disco & Tigertown, London 19/11/16

When an act announces just one show at London’s Alexandra Palace you know it’s a big deal, but two in a row is a statement in and of itself of how big the band are. With only one support act to fill out the night, Tigertown had big boots to fill to amp the crowd up before Panic! At The Disco took to the stage.

Kicking things off with a performance of high energy that couldn’t contain their evident euphoria of playing on this tour, Tigertown quickly engaged the crowd with their pop/electro/synth mix of music. Bouncing through their set the Sydney four-piece even had some sing-a-longs as the crowd accepted them as their own.

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Finally Panic! took to the stage, and it isn’t until you see them perform as a unit that you can appreciate just how well their music works as a collective. Storming through hit after hit, it’s hard to determine just what makes this performance so awe inspiring; the band are a well oiled machine, the jazz musicians fit in just right to incorporate those elements in the live version, but really taking the cake are Urie’s vocals. The falsetto he can roll out is just incredible and you can feel the awe in the room as he indulges us with it.

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In a venue this big it’s quite the test to see if the act can still hold the audience or if the space is just too big for them, yet addressing the crowd to inform us that Panic! have been in circulation for 12 years, Urie shows he is very much at ease commanding such a vast space. Songs such as Nine In The Afternoon are still as good to hear now as they were back in 2008, the ability this band have to throwback to their oldest material yet not have it feel outdated is a real triumph. On the other hand, the newest songs such as Victorious and Crazy=Genius are equally well received with fans showing just how well they know the material and singing every word with Urie.

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Rounding off their set with a three song encore; I Write Sins, Not Tragedies, This Is Gospel and Victorious, it’s evident why 12 years in and this band keep climbing. It’s the music, it’s the performance, this is more than a show, it’s a real spectacle. Only here will you be shouting along to Victorious whilst gold confetti rains down on the crowd.

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Enter Shikari – Live At Alexandra Palace [REVIEW]

We all know that Enter Shikari can bring the absolute destruction when it comes to their live shows, and them at Alexandra Palace is no different. When you’re not there at the actual show and you’re just listening to them live through your speakers at home, how much does that take away from the actual experience?

Let’s be totally honest here, watching the bands antics is always a special thing when going to a Shikari show. Seeing all the members throw themselves around on the stage like rag doll effects in a Hitman game is always a true sight to behold. However, the main staple of going to a Shikari show is listening to the group bring their craft to an amazing standard. That is immediately know right out of the gate with their intro leading into ‘Solidarity’. Always changing parts on the fly and throwing many mixtures of electronic moments into every element they can is a sight to behold. Rou Reynolds changes little vocal melodies as well and makes it sound just as powerful as the CD version. Whilst the scream might not be as prominent in small sections, the whole instrumentation and hearing the crowd sing a long will bring a tear to any eye of a hardcore Enter Shikari fan.

The setlist ranges from songs right back at the beginning to the more newer and more maturer side of the band. For those who always love a mixture of songs from albums in their sets, you’ll get to hear them smash through ‘Mothership’ just like it sounded many years ago mixed with the newer songs such as ‘The One True Colour’ make this such an all-rounded experience for fans old and new alike. Each single song comes across as huge sounding in the venue full of thousands of all ages pushing their lungs to the limits with all different songs.

The electronic interludes, as well as the orchestral parts, throughout near enough every track are a nice pace maker for the record and help the set sound like one fully-fledged organism. Going from ‘No Sleep Tonight’ to ‘Destabalise’ is a nice little blend of minimalistic whilst going from ‘Slipshod’ to ‘The Jester’ is full of programming tomfoolery that it would feel natural just shoving this into a DJ set to get the crowd bouncing, moshing and clapping along with smiles all over the faces. One could argue though that without these sections of filler in-between tracks as well as talking that their set would be cut down considerably. You may be right, but the fact of the matter is that they do this to a very professional standard and it makes the entire record/set from start to finish feel fuller and more in tune with the crowd as well as themselves.

Another great moment of the band is that everything in their playing and singing doesn’t miss a beat in terms of playing or being worn out. The stamina shown in the vocals of each member don’t sound like they’re dying out and the amount of practice they probably do together pays off in spades. From going all out with alternative metal/post hardcore tracks to the drum and bass flavours and a couple of remixes in to boot, it shows they aren’t going to cater to just one group of people, they’re here for everyone under that one roof. The ‘Price On Your HeadDanny Byrd remix does just that and for those 6+ minutes, it gives you something from all different markets and makes a nice spectacle for all of you.

For anyone who doesn’t know Enter Shikari and would like an album to get you into them, this would be top of the recommendation list. You’re probably thinking to yourself ‘why this?’ Well, if you think about it, it gives you their greatest hits, some underground bangers, caters to all genres and sounds just as good as their recorded material. No further discussions, get the record!

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Released: 18th November 2016
Label: Ambush Reality / Play It Again Sam