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Gig review

The Enemy, The Antics & Dexters @ The Engine Shed, Lincoln (07/10/2012)

An image of The Enemy's bass player, Andy Hopkins, performing on stage at The Engine Shed.

The Enemy performing live at The Engine Shed. Photo: Rachel Sloper.

The Enemy have been on a summer-long high this year. Tonight was just a massive extension of that. The Engine Shed was buzzing with an electric atmosphere on Sunday night in anticipation of festival legends The Enemy rocking the SU venue.

Support act, Dexters offered up their brand of indie pop, reminiscent of acts like The Kooks, which was great to dance to.

Next up was the turn of The Antics, a five piece act from the Midlands. Despite the frontman bearing strong resemblance to Jack Black dressed up as Russell Brand, he interacted well with the crowd.

What was most impressive however, was the sense of camaraderie between the bands.  I observed members of The Dexters joining the crowd after their set to watch The Antics play.

The Antics’ set blended original songs and covers such as The Farm’s classic football anthem, All Together Now. These were skilfully used to whip the crowd into a frenzy of anticipation for the headliners.

The Enemy took the stage and received an incredible reception. The atmosphere was incredible. Fans were surging forward to catch a glimpse of their seemingly every-day heroes.

The set combined new and old tracks, plenty of hits from the 2007 hit album We’ll Live and Die in These Towns.

The highlight of which was This Song, during which the band left the stage and the overly-enthused crowd continued to repeat the chorus. The band returned, appearing genuinely humbled by the energy of the crowd.

Frontman, Tom Clarke, reclaimed the microphone and said: “Even though Lincoln isn’t on the main tour circuit, it really should be. You guys are just next level.”

Some memorable highlights include bass player, Andy Hopkins, stage diving towards the end of the gig, about which he tweeted beforehand: “@andyhopkins26: LINCOLN are you gonna catch me tonight @engineshed ??? #crowdsurf x”.

One excitable audience member, who had just been ejected for crowd-surfing, even managed to jump onto the stage. He was soon apprehended by the security staff, which did a brilliant job of keeping both crowd and artists safe throughout the evening.

What really stood out was the sheer joy that The Enemy seem to take out of their live show. They were all smiles. The audience saw a celebratory bow, and the musicians throwing their arms around each other, already in excitable discussion before they’d even left the stage.

It must be said, The Enemy really are a must-see live act. It wouldn’t be such a great leap to say that they sound deceptively mellow on their studio albums. They really are a fantastic band to rock-out to.

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About RachelLouise

News Editor at student publication, The Linc: (TheLinc.co.uk) Creator of music blog, My Stereo Romance: (MyStereoRomance.wordpress.com) Contributor at Midlands Rocks: (TheMidlandsRocks.com) Favourite artists range from Def Leppard, Poison and Skid Row, to Taylor Swift, My Chemical Romance and All Time Low.

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