Gig review: The Enemy October 8 @ O2 Academy Leeds

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OVERFLOWING with energy throughout, The Enemy were good value as they wooed a raucous, if far from full, 02 Leeds Academy.

After a summer of successful festival appearances, the indie band from Coventry have embarked on their first tour in three years.

Here in Leeds they were ably supported by Dexters and The Antics, who both went down well.

Yet there was no denying that The Enemy were the star attraction.

They performed with style, swagger and humility, playing tracks from their latest album Streets In The Sky, as well as hits from their previous two, We’ll Live and Die in These Towns and Music For The People.

Frontman Tom Clarke typically centre stage, frequently interacting with the crowd in what proved a very slick set indeed.

With anthemic fashion, the band played a crescendo of hits, including a version of Sit Down by James before ending their set and ordering the audience to continue the chorus of This Song is About You while they left.

To the credit of the audience, they sang all the way through into the first song of the encore.

Clarke also paid tribute to the Pidgeon Detectives, who were present to witness a performance which suggests The Enemy could be around for some time yet.

The Enemy will release new single This Is Real on October 22.


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