Enter Shikari at The Vegan Camp-Out 2019

I had a wild time at the Vegan Camp-Out. To read my impressions on the festival as a whole please see my review. This article focuses on the Enter Shikari presence that was there.

I have seen Enter Shikari a variety of times throughout the years. The first time being in 2008 when they supported Jay-Z and Linkin Park at Projekt Revolution. In the last 11 years I have always been constantly impressed by the energy that they bring to their shows no matter the venue. Shikari Sound System is the Electronic alter-ego of Enter Shikari and was the main reason I was interested in going to the Vegan Camp-Out Festival as they were headlining the main stage on Saturday night.

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Vegan Camp-Out 2019 Review

August is the month of festivals, especially in the United Kingdom. The most well known are called Reading & Leeds, but there’s also Creamfields and One Love, not to mention the various smaller independent festivals all across the island. Vegan Camp-Out is one of the smaller festivals (at least when compared to Reading, for example) but has a big festival feel. It is about spreading the positivity of what can be accomplished by being Vegan and has a variety of speakers, activism classes and musical acts.

Vegan Camp-Out is, as the name implies, a festival primarily for Vegans. First started in 2016 to an attendance of 400 (with one food vendor) the Camp-Out has since gone from strength to strength and gotten bigger and bigger every year. As a non-vegan I was curious as to what exactly the festival would have to offer myself (aside from Enter Shikari based shenanigans, which I cover in a separate article), I had so many questions. What do Vegans do at a festival? What do they talk about? Do they just walk around patting each other on the back? Are they preachy? In over my head, perhaps. But I was very eager to learn the different ways people live.

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M. Night Shyamalan's Glass Review

Nineteen years. Nineteen years! Six thousand, six hundred and thirty two days ago since Unbreakable was released in the USA. The “Eastrail 177 Trilogy” as it has come to be known is such an anomaly in the film world right now. We have had so many studios chasing Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) trying to release multiple movies in a singular year. Whether it is the mishandled DC Extended Universe, the ill-fated “Dark Universe” Cinematic Universe that got off to a non-start with Mr. Cruise’s The Mummy or even Fox’s “sometimes a hit, sometimes a miss” X-Men Universe which seems to be slowly (and sadly) getting shut down with the Disney merger.

I’m a big fan of comic books and the movies that are made around them. So to have something that is so different from the MCU I believe should be applauded. It takes restraint to create three movies over NINETEEN YEARS when in perspective that is Marvel’s output for a single year. It’s obvious that there is money to be made in superheroes and after all these years it could be argued that the universe being created here was not for the sake of making money but was actually a carefully thought out trilogy by M. Night Shyamalan. With all that time to refine does that make it a good movie however?

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Review: Gorillaz at The O2 Arena, London

Now I admit it. I am a massive Gorillaz fan. I have previously written about the animated band with some reverence from seeing them live and you could probably guess this time will be no different. The Gorillaz have always been there with new music throughout the different eras of my life, as they have evolved so have I personally and because of this they are always a band I feel drawn too. (pun not intended)

The most recent album Humanz has seen a more urban dance theme than previous music released by them (for people that have not heard it think “DARE” but a more darker bassier vibe) and seem like they have been created specifically with live performances in mind, with this being the Humanz Tour I was indeed an eager beaver to see/hear how the new songs stacked up.

The support act saw Little Simz take to the stage (earlier than stated). Having heard her in passing a few times I did not know what to expect, I was blown away. Everything went black, then nothing but an anime style video played for a minute or two followed by the DJ telling everyone to get up. Little Simz took to the stage like a duck taking to water, the 23 year old black London rapper made sure every word she rapped about hit hard. Comparable to the emotional impact of the more meaningful Eminem songs, she made sure the topics that were mentioned in her songs were heard by everyone in attendance. Finishing with the song “Dead Body” she may not have made a fan out of everyone in attendance but definitely turned a few heads.

Gorillaz had a time slot of 1 hour 45 minutes. They smashed this by coming out early and finishing late, whatever you think about the music the value for money is nothing to turn your nose up at. In that time they played a whopping 30 songs spanning all main albums (except The Fall) and even though they did not play the song “Momentz” from their new album there was still a lot of stand out moments to be had in the show. After all most of the fun of a Gorillaz show is to see who will show up and boy did they have some people show up.

Opening up with a heavy guitar riff and going into “M1A1” from the first album the energy was set at a high from the offset urging people to get out of their seats, have fun and move around (unless you were the grumpy guys behind me telling everyone to sit down for a good half an hour).

Highlights included Pauline Black singing an alternative version of “Charger”, I only imagined this song as a heavier mosh song but with her vocals on top it added something completely un-expected and original. “Superfast Jellyfish” had Gruff Rhys & De La Soul on stage and as far as I can tell this was the first time Gruff Rhys had performed it live, “Andromeda” had a special extended outro by D.R.A.M., Mos Def came out with the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble for “Sweepstakes” for the first time in 7 years, Shaun Ryder & Roses Gabor came out for “DARE” and finally Noel Gallagher was on stage to sing “We Got The Power” with Jehnny Beth. Phew! That Damon Albarn does know some people it is safe to say.

“Clint Eastwood” was played in its purest form with Del from tape so people could sing along before closing on a nice calm note with “Don’t Get Lost in Heaven/Demon Days” which is always a site to behold from a production and musical standpoint.

If anyone has not been to a Gorillaz gig yet I would highly recommend it, with them breaking the boundaries of musical genres with every album there is always something for someone to enjoy whether they enjoy rock, rap, dance or pop. It’s not just the auditory senses being pleasured but also the visual senses too with video packages and artwork in the background of every song. Gorillaz does cover it all and after this performance I can not wait to see what they do next.