What an amazing year 2015 has already been for The Enid, and it's all thanks to you! There have been quite a few things we would like to thank you for, so I will go through them in no particular order, as they are all highly valuable to us.
Prog Magazine Readers' Poll 2014
BEST MALE VOCALIST
The results of the Prog Magazine Readers' Poll for 2014 were officially announced last week. Thanks to your votes and support we were astonished by how well The Enid did this year. Thank you so much.
I am so humbled to have been voted 2014's BEST MALE VOCALIST! I was honestly left speechless when I found out. I was invited to provide the magazine with a quote, in which I said:
"This has come as a real surprise, and I feel totally humbled. Thank you so much to everyone who voted. In previous years I have looked at this poll with admiration for the singers who have topped it, wondering if that could be me one day. I love to learn, seeking out knowledge from the greatest people who will work with me. My entire life has, is and always will be focused towards a personal development. That is why I consider acknowledgements like this one to be the greatest gift. My home is with The Enid and our Enidi family, the people who see potential in me and nurture me. Finding others who can share one vision is a rare thing, and for that I am very blessed."
But it wasn't just me who was blessed with an honour. Quite rightly Robert John Godfrey also admirably credited the 2nd BEST KEYBOARD PLAYER after Rick Wakeman. Considering Wakeman's popularity I think this is a wonderful achievement for Robert. Robert also made your MAN OF THE YEAR Top 10!
As a band, The Enid also made the Poll in other places. Voted by you, we also made it into the TOP 5 BANDS OF THE YEAR, and TOP 5 MULTIMEDIA OF THE YEAR with En Concert à Crescendo.
All of these positions are highly flattering for us. We never would have believed we could rank so highly against some of the most popular names in Progressive Music. It's all because of your support, and we can't thank you enough. The awards have given us an enormous motivational boost in the ambitious choices we are currently making to push the band further!
Appeal For Funds
This really proved the power of the many, and we have been once again humbled by the sheer scale of support offered to us.
As you may be aware, we needed to gather together £15,000 to continue or legal dispute with Gerald Palmer, owner of Inner Sanctum Records.
With your help we were able to raise all of the money we needed through activity on our shop and donations. We couldn't be more grateful that so many of you gave what you could to aid this cause. The fight for the band's survival continues, but this is a huge leap towards the finish line and we are confident we will win this.
You can CLICK HERE to watch our video about the appeal. The video has had nearly 3,000 views and was kindly shared by many people in the Rock Press.
The Bridge Show
This year we decided to take a huge risk with our live shows, doing something which we believed might divide audiences. These shows were to be something different. Art over nostalgia. A left wing concept and a desire to make the performance more than just a musical experience.
I'll be honest and say that I was terrified to hear peoples opinions of the show. I'm always terrified. Every album we make, every show we design, every choice we make. It's all an artistic expression, and therefore always a risk. You never know if it was a good idea until you see the consequences of your actions.
Thankfully our ambition to create "a seamless show with context" appears to have paid off. Thanks to the excellent press and word of mouth from audiences we have seen ticket sales accelerate. We've already had two sell out shows, and we have now sold a fantastic 1200 tickets for The Bridge Show - a number that continues to rise!
You've given us the confidence to take further steps with our future shows. We will be working on our next show concept with experienced professionals who specialise in stage craft for live music with a CV covering artists as diverse as Kate Bush and Iron Maiden. Where do we go from here? The sky is no longer the limit!
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY ABOUT THE BRIDGE SHOW
"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
"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
THE BRIDGE SHOW - Upcoming Dates
Sat 21st Feb - GLOUCESTER Guildhall - Please CLICK HERE for tickets.
Fri 6th March - LEEDS Holy Trinity Church - Please CLICK HERE for tickets. (Enidi Discount Available).
Sat 7th March - GLASGOW Websters Theatre - Please CLICK HERE for tickets.
Tues 31st March - LONDON Union Chapel - Please CLICK HERE for tickets. (Enidi discount available with private link).
**We will also be performing alternative sets at HRH PROG FESTIVAL (UK) on Friday 20th March, and PROG DREAMS FESTIVAL (NL) on Saturday 4th April.
Thank you so much for supporting The Enid. It's been wonderful to see so much positivity about the present and future of the band. In fact, we are delighted to see a sharp growth in memberships for the Enidi which has expanded by 10% in just the last month! Hello, and welcome to our community. :)