What the critics say...

“The Enid have reaffirmed their place among the pantheon of Prog Gods.” - Rachel Mann, Prog Magazine

"Late blooming beauty." - Mark Beech, Bloomberg

"The Enid have indelibly underlined their position as the symphonic masters." - Malcolm Dome, Classic Rock

"The quintessentially English prog group." - Tim Jones, Record Collector Magazine

“Pink Floyd meets the Berlin Philharmonic” - Time Out

"The most majestic rock band of all time" - Band On The Wall

The Enid - The Bridge

the bridge

An album featuring vocals, guitar and orchestra released 10th July 2015. Order now.

Play the Enid's Back Catalogue

Catalogue

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2015 Dates

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The First Enidi BBQ

Written by Jane Waring. Posted in Enid News

Enidi BBQ 2015 4

At last the long awaited day dawned and we set off on the long journey North. The SatNav said it would take 3 hours and 57 mins but miraculously in just under 3 hours we found ourselves only 10 minutes from our destination. The scenery was stunning so we stopped at a roadside burger van for the best ever breakfast baps and that set the tone for a day full of "best evers".

Enidi BBQ 2015

On arrival we were given a warm welcome by Richard (the host) and were awestruck by the setting for the party. We found a hive of activity lead by Joe slicing mountains of veggies for the feast, Robert master minding something on his iPad and a number of technicians erecting marquees and setting up the bands equipment. Our first duty was to sort out the parking arrangements which meant a flying visit to a most accommodating local farmer to get his cows moved and a fence opened up.

Enidi BBQ 2015 2The faithful began to arrive, everyone in party mood and blown away by the location. The bar was doing a brisk trade in local ale, appropriately named Thirst Born (a nod to First Light & Earthborn maybe??) and the sumptuous feast of a numerous different salads (lovingly prepared by Joe) and traditional BBQ fayre was tucked into by all, followed by strawberries and cream for those who had room! Robert charmed everyone by giving an impromptu concert on the piano and the band were mingling with all their adoring fans. The only person missing was poor Max who had been laid low by some fiendish bug.

After everyone had eaten themselves to a stand still there was a period of postprandial contemplation and chatter. Then an air of delicious anticipation took over as everyone started to take up their positions for the highlight of the whole event. There was a hint of anxiety too as we all wondered if Max would be well enough to appear. We need not have worried as, trooper that he is, he gathered all his strength and emerged to cheers and encouragement. So Max, Joe, Robert, Jason, Dave & Dom took to the stage and our hearts soared as we were treated to a unique experience, The Enid at their very best, perfect acoustics and the most wonderful setting on an English summer evening.

Enidi BBQ 2015 5They opened in a burst of nostalgia with Judgement and In the Region of the Summer Stars, taking us back to 1976 (so Joe said but that was before my time!!). Then an energetic and mischievous Who Created Me followed by the dark driving beat of Witch Hunt. Next was Leviticus which had the crowd singing back with gusto and they closed the first set with the one of their most recent songs Someone Shall Rise, which has a haunting melody and has become many peoples "earworm".

Enidi BBQ 2015 3An unexpected high light was a guest appearance by Little Max who joined the boys on stage, seemingly to check that Max was ok and that Joe was behaving himself before wandering off again and returning to take a nonchalant bow. What a pro!

At the end of the first half Robert gave a heart warming and honest glimpse into the future of the band and his role as Master of The Enidi, which he will take on soon, after a very special project with Jason. He introduced the newest recruit, Zac, who will be joining next year to bring his multi instrumental talent to take The Enid forward on their journey as they evolve and reach new appreciative audiences.    

The second half began with a big surprise with the classic Chaldean Crossing. This seems to have been many peoples first introduction to The Enid and from the reaction it will now be a favourite with those who heard it for the first time. Joe then returned to the stage after a brief taste of what the audience were experiencing and gave us the whimsical and much loved Summer melting into Something Wicked. Joe then introduced us to a brand new song 1000 Stars which has a very intriguing source for the lyrics and compelling memorable music. If this is a taste of the next tour "Dust" we cannot wait for 30 October at The Stable Milton Keynes for the unveiling. The second set closed with an awesome (in the true sense of the word) version of Dark Hydraulic which had everyone on their feet cheering for more.

Enidi BBQ 2015 1

Fittingly the encore was introduced by Robert who revealed that he had lived in the area for a while and that with one of his great friends and fellow member of Barclay James Harvest had spent many hours walking on the moors. So he dedicated Mocking Bird to the memory of Woolly Wolstenholme. I am sure that his spirit was roused by the crescendo of sound that brought this amazing, perfect day to an end.

Thank you SO much to Richard for opening up his beautiful grounds to the "disparate bunch" as Robert called us and to everyone who worked so hard to make the day such a resounding success. We all knew that The Enid are a very special group of musicians and lovely people but which other bands would give their fans so much back?

My only regret was that it was all over so soon but perhaps we can do it all again next year????

Dust Tour Shows Now Confirmed

Written by Joe Payne. Posted in Enid News

It is with great excitement that we can now announce all the dates of the DUST tour. An ambitious audio-visual production, there will be 10 performances of 'Dust' from October 2015 to April 2016.

Dust is being directed by illusionist Simon Drake, who some of you may remember from having worked on Kate Bush’s Tour Of Life. He is also known for his TV role on Channel 4’s Secret Cabaret. We’re incredibly lucky to have Simon’s support. The work he has done is really something to be admired, and it’s incredibly flattering to feel that he wants to work with us as much as we want to work with him. With Dust you’ll see the results of our eccentric minds coming together. The shows will be as mad as we are – if that’s possible.

Please remember, if you join the Enidi you can save 10% on tickets for all Dust shows taking place after opening night at The Stables, Milton Keynes. Learn more at www.enidi.org

DUST: The Dates

StablesMilton Keynes, The Stables

Friday 30th October 2015

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The Old Market LoResBrighton, The Old Market

Friday 20th November 2015

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Northern Stage 2Newcastle, Northern Stage 2

Saturday 23rd January 2016

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Crescent MainhouseBirmingham, The Crescent Theatre

Saturday 30th January 2016

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ApexBury St. Edmunds, The Apex

Friday 5th February 2016

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Citadel 2St. Helens, The Citadel

Saturday 13th February 2016

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Leeds CarriageworksLeeds, Carriageworks Theatre

Friday 26th February 2016

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CCA GlasgowGlasgow, Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA)

Saturday 5th March 2016 This show will be a standing event.

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redgrave bristolBristol, The Redgrave Theatre

Friday 18th March 2016

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(Please join the reserve list by emailing Nick Jones at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. By joining the reserve list you will be first to know when the box office is ready to launch tickets.)

Cadogan HallLondon, Cadogan Hall

Saturday 2nd April 2016

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The band have chosen the Cadogan Hall as our final stop for this tour for a number of great reasons. Firstly, unlike most ambient music halls in central London the Cadogan Hall is not subject to any silly noise regulations, meaning we can really give it to you in our full dynamic range. Secondly it is the home of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the ambience of the room is simply perfect for our sound. Finally, the Cadogan Hall has a huge stage and flexible facilities available, allowing us to put on a show without limits.

The hall also comes with separate event rooms which the band will be using to host a small intimate after-show reception. This is exclusively open to Enidi ticket holders, only. Join now at www.enidi.org

The Bridge Show - Live at Union Chapel

Written by Super User. Posted in Enid News

We are delighted to announce the launch of our latest live concert CD and video, The Bridge Show! 

The concert was recorded and filmed at the Union Chapel, London on Tuesday 31st March 2015 by EnidLive and Jeff Cousins. Friday 4th September 2015 sees the official release of the concert video and sound-track. The proceeds from those of you who pre-order now will be helping us to fund the ambitious DUST TOUR which begins in October.

ABOUT THE BRIDGE SHOW

Set in the make-believe world of ENILAND, the show opens with the fictional character QUEEN ENID addressing the audience with a speech entitled “ENILAND CAN TAKE IT”. The performance continues to use videos throughout the show to pose cynical questions about the strengths and dangers of nationalism, capitalism, entitlement, smoke-screen government projects, free-press, propaganda and self-sacrifice.

Double CD-DVD Digipak

Bridge Union Chapel CD DVD front 500 x 461CD1:

  1. Land of Hope and Glory "Eniland Can Take It"
  2. One and the Many
  3. "Welcome to Eniland"
  4. Terra Firma
  5. Earthborn
  6. Witch Hunt
  7. "Project Mars"
  8. My Gravity-Malacandra
  9. Dark Hydraulic "Common Enemy"

CD2:

  1. Wings
  2. "A Sickness of the Mind"
  3. Something Wicked This Way Comes
  4. Leviticus
  5. Someone Shall Rise
  6. Judgement
  7. Shiva
  8. Encore

DVD: Full Concert.

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Blu-Ray

Bridge Union Chapel Blu Ray front 500 x 577By owning a copy of the Blu-Ray, you will be able to see and hear the full length 2 hour concert in all it's High Definition and Surround Sound glory!

Bonus material includes:

  • Extended interviews with individual members of the band.
  • Deleted scenes from the tour.
  • Live recordings from the tour of Space Surfing, Execution Mob and In the Region of the Summer Stars.
  • An exclusive performance of 'til We're Old from Robert John Godfrey and Joe Payne.

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FEEDBACK FROM THE BRIDGE SHOW

“An experience that lives way beyond the confines of this time, this space. It's The Enid entering the most enticing, engaging and engrossing phase of their career.” Malcolm Dome, Prog Magazine

"If you have the opportunity to attend this show, jump! The musicianship is outstanding and the keyboard playing sublime. A seated gig, no mosh pit, and a complete delight." Tony Colvill, The Progressive Aspect

"If this show is your first introduction to the band don't be surprised if you sit open-mouthed through much of it and go in search of more." Liz Medhurst, Metal Talk

"Resourceful, constantly inventive, The Enid provided us with an endless succession of ideas and moods – offered without restrictions – filled with colours and intensity. Provocative, dramatic and incredibly inspiring." Neil Mach, Raw Ramp Music Magazine

"In what would turn out to be a masterclass of prog rock, The Enid transcend mere prog to deliver an exquisite performance of musical delight and visual splendour." Simon Dunkerley, Get Ready To Rock

"I really struggle to put them into a genre or even sub-genre as I think they have just rewritten the rule book and created their own category." Sabrina Beever, Get Your Rock Out

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