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2015: A great year for The Enid!

Written by Joe Payne. Posted in Enid News

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

Joe Payne Best Vocalist 2014The 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

TARGET REACHED

justice 2This 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

OUTSTANDING FEEDBACK

Jason Ducker Bridge Show The EnidThis 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

Bridge poster 500 x 703Sat 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. :)

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Target Reached - Thanks to all

Written by Max Read. Posted in Enid News

Enid Donations thermometerI am absolutely delighted to announce that in just over a week we have reached the target of £15,000.00! A massive thank you to all of you who responded to our appeal. We've had a large number of donations, hugely increased activity on The Enid Shop and plenty of new Enidi members. Taken as a whole we have made it.

We will be personally thanking those individuals who made donations and I'll be making a more detailed announcement next week.

It has been decided to leave the donate button in place for a little while longer for those who still wish to support the band in our legal battle. I will keep you all posted as to how things go - the band are very positive about the way 2015 is shaping up. In the mean time, thanks once again.

Max on behalf of The Enid.

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Running on Empty

Written by Joe Payne. Posted in Enid News

An appeal for help

I've made a short film to explain our situation. If you can't view it, a transcript is below.

 

Ways to help

1. Introduce a friend to the band - buy them a CD / Video or T-Shirt.

2. Buy the Crescendo Video, if you haven't already.

3. Pre-order The Bridge, if you haven't already.

4. Join the Enidi and get the free annual CD.

5. Make a donation to The Enidi (use the box on right).

6. If you are able to give more substantial help, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him on +44(0)1604 251668.

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"Times have never been better for the band. A window of opportunity has opened for The Enid with offers coming in from all over the world.

There is large audience out there just waiting to discover us. The key to the future of the band is to find them and create a soundtrack for their lives. Now we have the chance to do just that. We are re-establishing our name in the prog community and have attracted the help we need to move forward following last year’s Progressive Music Awards.

Now retired, Robert has distanced himself from all matters of business, including our legal affairs. That said, he still lives with us in his “granny flat” at Enid HQ, and is a treasured member of our family. We look after him and probably will do to the end of his life.

We absolutely want to make a lasting impression on all people wherever THE BAND goes and whatever it records.
But, we are now facing unexpected legal fees at a time when we have committed every penny to the forthcoming albums and gigs. We need help.

So what’s the trouble? A man called Gerald Palmer, owner of Inner Sanctum Records, the band’s former record label.

As I understand it, Robert once considered Gerald Palmer a close personal friend. Sadly, Palmer has turned out to be what can only be described as a music fan from Hell.
The relationship with Palmer blew up when the band’s manger was trying to sort out the terrible contract that Palmer had persuaded Robert to sign. The band got legal advice and terminated the contract, but since then, he’s used every dirty trick in the book in an attempt to get the band to back down.

We decided to fight Palmer in the courts rather than giving up The Enid’s name and heritage. The court case against him, which is going very well, has reached a crucial stage. Money has to be found to pay our barrister right now and we haven’t got it.

With the help of our barrister we have won every stage of this battle so far. With his continued help we can and will win this case. If we lose, the band may never recover.

If this situation had come up in three months time, we wouldn’t be asking, but we have no one else to turn to. None of us owns anything “big” and raising a conventional loan is impossible. We are running on empty.

In 2014, the band spent £17,000 on legal fees. To defend ourselves at this critical stage, we need to find £15,000 immediately and we’re asking our supporters to help us however you can. Visit the web site and buy a CD, a video or a T-Shirt; make a donation, or if you feel you could manage to do more, drop me an email or call me."

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New Live Video Available Now

Written by Joe Payne. Posted in Enid News

The Enid Crescendo 2014Just in time for Christmas, we are really pleased to announce The Enid's first official Live Concert Video release since Birmingham Town Hall in 2010. This will also be the first live footage released since the arrival of Joe Payne in 2011. 

To our joy and surpise, we were recently informed by the organisers of French Progressive Rock Festival CRESCENDO that a local film maker had filmed our entire performance last August. We were totally unaware of the cameras at the time, but having now seen the footage we are blown away by the film's quality.

Luckily for us we had invested in a new self monitoring system this year which allows us to do multi-track recordings of our shows. This has taken some getting used to, but our performance at Crescendo happens to have been recorded by us with no technical difficulties. Therefore we have been able to combine our High Quality audio with the HD video edit from SKOP Art Films to provide a wonderful concert experience for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Max has just completed mixing the soundtrack in 5.1 Surround and it's sounding amazing. We have put up some preview clips for you to enjoy on YouTube. Please CLICK HERE to watch.

Available now, both on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Please CLICK HERE to order your copy now from The Enid Shop.


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The Bridge

Written by Max Read. Posted in Enid News

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AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW

We are please to announce the release of our long awaited album of classical music, The Bridge.

The Bridge - A musical allegory.

“Bridging the gap between the arts and entertainment; the shallow and the deep; the brash and the sensitive. A place where history meets the future. A plea for open mindedness, tolerance and natural justice at a time when the world is sleep walking into the unknowable.” Robert John Godfrey

The Bridge album, with artwork conceived and designed by Dominic Tofield,  will be released on the 12th January 2015, ahead of The Bridge Tour taking place in January through to March 2015.

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Pre-ordering this album will help us to invest in next year's shows, which will be our most ambitious yet. We are already working hard to prepare for The Bridge Tour, and every album you order directly from us provides us with the much needed financial support needed to pull off something so daring. For us, this is the day job. Every path is a make or break.

Please CLICK HERE to pre-order your copy of The Bridge.

Those who order The Bridge by the 1st December 2014 will be named and thanked in a special booklet, to be included within the Digipak. An additional 'Thank You Track' will also be included, exclusive to the first batch of pressings. 

The Bridge Show

THE ENID RETURN TO THE UNION CHAPEL, LONDON 

Union Chapel low resDue to circumstances beyond our control, the bridge show at the Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone will not be going ahead. We apologise for any disappointment caused.

However, for every door that closes another one opens. We decided immediately that the best course of action should be to do the final production of The Bridge in a London venue. We thought very hard and contacted some of our favourite seated venues, knowing that the chance of us finding something at such short notice would be a fine thing. 

It is with great joy that we can confirm The Enid will be performing The Bridge at The Union Chapel, Islington, London in March 2015! 

We were very lucky to secure this wonderful venue with such short notice. It is the perfect setting for The Enid's music, and what a beautiful place for us to do our last performance of The Bridge Show.

 

The Bridge Show - Dates

Sat 24th Jan - Court Theatre, Tring, Hertfordshire - Please CLICK HERE for tickets.

Fri 30th Jan - The Wharf, Tavistock, Devon - Please CLICK HERE for tickets.

Sat 31st Jan - Hanger Farm Arts Centre, Totton, Southampton - Please CLICK HERE for tickets.

Sat 21st Feb - The Guildhall, Gloucester - Please CLICK HERE for tickets.

Fri 6th March - Holy Trinity Church, Leeds - Please CLICK HERE for tickets from The Enid Shop (Enidi discount available). You can also CLICK HERE to learn more about the venue.

Sat 7th March - Websters Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland - Please CLICK HERE for tickets.

Tue 31st March - LONDON Union Chapel - Please CLICK HERE for tickets.

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October News

Written by Joe Payne. Posted in Enid News

Nic 2013 LORES

Best of Luck to Nic Willes

Our Plans for 2015

Nic Willes has been a much loved performer with The Enid since the band played their comeback show at Town Hall, Birmingham in 2010.

Since April he has been a busy bee, touring the world with popular Indie band 'Editors'. In the meantime our latest edition Dom Tofield has stepped into Nic's role, doing an excellent job on bass and percussion in his absence and receiving great feedback from audiences.

Following his return from a Summer packed with festivals and travelling, Nic has been thoughtfully to the point with us about his arrangements for the future. He would like to continue his role with us, but unfortunately can not share the commitment we need from him at this time.

Though we will be sad to see Nic go, we are using this as an opportunity to expand both Dave and Dom's percussive roles within the band. They will be spreading themselves further than ever before, and you will be getting a taste of this at the First Light shows. Dom has also written and performed most of the drum parts on First Light, and looks forward to sharing the kit with Dave on Saturday for a split set drumming debut.

We will always leave a window of oportunity open to Nic, and continue to keep him close as he spends much of his free time socialising with us at Enid HQ.

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Door Tickets Available

Saturday's show in London and next week's show in Belgium are set to be something a bit different to our other 2014 shows - we'll be performing something new! 

This will be the first opportunity to hear both new and revisited tracks, and collect your fresh copy of First Light from Enidi Secretary Jane Armstrong at the merch desk. There are only a couple of hundred of these limited edition CDs left available from our shop, and we don't expect them to last much longer.

We are sorry to have kept you waiting a few days longer than expected for the CD release. Originally planned for Monday 6th October we now expect delivery of the finished product on Friday 10th October. We'll be posting them out next week, or you can collect yours from the merch desk and Jane will tick you off the postage list.

You can find ticket and venue links to all of our up coming shows via The Enid website. Please CLICK HERE to visit our tour page.

Warmest regards from all of us here at Enid HQ,

Dave, Dom, Jason, Joe, Max and Robert

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Robert Godfrey wins "Visionary" award

Written by Joe Payne. Posted in Enid News

Prog Awards 2014

We hope you will join us in congratulating Robert in receiving a thoroughly deserved and long overdue award for his "Visionary" achievements at the Progressive Music Awards 2014.

Held in the Globe Theatre on the banks of the Thames, The award was presented by Newsnight's Gavin Esler, and the Editor of Prog Magazine himself, Jerry Ewing.

CLICK HERE to watch Robert's full speech on YouTube. Apologies for the amateur filming, but we thought you might like to share the moment with us.

"It's an absolute joy to see this man back on stage and creating absolutely wonderful far reaching music that is truly ground breaking." Jerry Ewing, Prog Magazine Editor

"The real burning fire of inventiveness - of wanting to succeed - is going to be with the young. So let's do our best to involve the younger generation and hand to them the very substantial musical skills that we in this room have acquired over the course of our lives, by the hard work and graft and determination that we've given to our music." Robert John Godfrey.

Photo: Martin Reijman

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The Bridge Tour 

At the end of September, the band will be announcing 7 official Enid dates, taking place across the UK. These are all seated venues as we'll be promoting our classical release The Bridge, coming January 2015.

Concerts will take place January through to March, as well as a few festivals including HRH Prog 3 and Giants of Rock.

We really hope that you can make it to a show. We'll be showing up in Glasgow, Leeds, Gloucester, Southampton, Devon, Hertfordshire and Kent and we are promising something unmissable!

First Light Shows

First Light Shows

First Light - an album of previews is now on sale.

The band believe this new material vastly exceeds the standards set by Invicta. You can hear it first by attending concerts at:

 

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First Light

Written by The Enid. Posted in Enid News

 

A Special Digipak CD Release Previewing Two New Tracks
+ A Few Surprises

 

Singing For Our Supper?

Robert Stables 2014Robert Says:

"Very few bands working within the independent sector of the music business (however dedicated) try to earn their living through their music. Most treat the bands they play with as hobbies, often subsidising the costs of running the band from income from the “day jobs”."

"The Enid is the exception because the band is “the day job” from which everything has to be funded, from toilet rolls to recording costs to legal fees. A day may come when the individual members of the band will be able to afford homes of their own and all that that entails but for now and the foreseeable future they live as one in a single musical family; one kitchen, one dinner table, one living room, one bathroom, one vehicle."

"The band is back in Germany after a successful appearance at the Resonance Festival in the UK. Max, Joe, Dom and Jason are at work by 8am every morning creating the new music and running the business."

"It is to fund the time between now and the major releases due next year that we are announcing this special “keeping the band alive” release. And I can put my hand on my heart and tell you without doubt that the new albums will be the best yet. So help us by pre-ordering this release."

About 'FIRST LIGHT'

Joe Stables 2014Joe Says:

"Something new from The Enid feels like it's been a long time coming. As we all know, great quality requires more time invested. We are finally ready to give you something!"

"This preview album will feature two new pieces from The Enid. The first of these new tracks will sample from 'Reset' (third in the trilogy - working title) and will be the only opportunity to own any work from this album, approximately 9 months ahead of its expected release."

"The second of the new tracks will be a taster from the Classical Album which is planned for release in the new year."

"First Light will also include a selection of revisited tracks, including the latest version of Mockingbird as well as updated arrangements and performances of familiar tracks from the new generation. The band and its new material has developed so much since the release of Invicta, and these tracks aim to demonstrate exactly that."

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This album is available for pre-order now, and will be released on the 6th October to coincide with 'Live Preview Shows' taking place in London and Belgium in October (show dates to be confirmed shortly).

There is only one place to get a copy of First Light, and that is directly from The Enid Shop on the band's official website. This will NOT be available for streaming or download.

Order your copy before we run out here.

Those who Pre-Order will be Personally Thanked in the Artwork

Please note, we will not be able to include any more names after the 21st September, as the Artwork will need to be finalised for the printing press.

Our motivation for producing this album is double threaded.

Firstly we would like to build momentum in the lead up to the two new album launches next year, and the best way to do this is to give you a taste of what's to come.

Secondly, we do not want to rush these projects. They ought to have as much time and love as they need in order to be refined. I predict that Reset will be the greatest Enid record of all time, as long as we maintain this attitude.

So we must keep a cash flow in order to sustain ourselves. Buying this preview album is an easy way to support the band so that we can spend every single moment of our time on this music. Remember, none of us have day jobs. We dedicate our lives solely to this.

Limited Print Run of Just 1000 Copies

We will be limiting this release to just 1000 copies, because we want it to be exclusive to the people who support us in what we are doing, now.

So when they're gone, they're gone! 

We will not release Reset until we feel 100% happy. It will take as long as it needs to take, and will be all the better for it.

 



 

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