Enter Shikari Take On Russia

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Enter Shikari Take On Russia

NME was there to see Enter Shikari take their firebrand hardcore to Russia on 13/14 October - full details and interview in this week's magazine. Click through for the best shots from their dates at Moscow Arena and St Petersburg's Glav Club.

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Enter Shikari Take On Russia

There's a devoted Shikari following out there, who shower the band with gifts.

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Rory Clewlow chucks himself into the sweaty throng. Chris Batten: "The circle pits in Moscow were amazing. Things like that make each show individual."

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Rory laughs in the face of Health and Safety at St Petersburg's Glav Club.

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Would politically charged Rou Reynolds start a "free Pussy Riot" chant in St Petersburg? "I don't think so. The whole reason why they protested in the first place has been completely lost."

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Enter Shikari travelled overnight from Moscow to St Petersburg but lost none of that balls-out energy.

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Backstage it's a riot of graffiti, fizzy drinks and serious faces.

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Russian phone interviews have played on Enter Shikari's political stance, in a country where art is confrontational. "The values seem to be people's interest," says Rou.

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Enter Shikari woz ere.

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Outside there's a chill wind, but even rock stars know the value of sensible headgear.

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It's all aboard for a nine (NINE)-hour train ride from Moscow to St Petersburg.

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Still, there are creature comforts on board the train. Like beer. And beer.

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Russian fans are big on gifts, including tapestries, drawings and flags. Here Rob Rolfe is faced with an alarmingly accurate knitted doppelganger.

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After the show, it's the afterparty.

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Rou salutes the crowd. In Moscow, four men at the front of the pit brandished lit flares. It wouldn't happen at Brixton Academy.

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A dizzying array of equipment fails to daunt Rob.

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Two fans travelled 20 hours from their home city of Perm to catch Shikari at the Glav Club. That's the kind of fervour we're dealing with.

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The massed banks of keyboards precipitated Shikari's move into prog rock.

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"Most people don't have such an immense platform to shout from," Rou tells NME. "So I have this sense of responsibility."

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Has everyone had a ride on the crowd yet? Rob puts his back into the fray.

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"I got to protests and stuff, but Pussy Riot have a history of this," admits Rou. "That's their way of getting noticed and that's cool, but I wouldn't have done it."

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Rob takes to the decks at the aftershow party. Rory's clearly spilt his drink.

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NME Reviews Ed Tom Howard (front, centre) makes it to the end of the Russian tour. Read the full feature in this week's magazine.

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