St Albans band Enter Shikari brave the mud at Isle of Wight Festival

AWARD-winning St Albans band Enter Shikari enjoyed playing in front of thousands of party-goers at the musicians’ first Isle of Wight festival last weekend, despite the sodden conditions.

Enter Shikari, who recently won the Kerrang 2012 award for best live band, played in the big top on Friday, June 22.

Chris Batten (bass/vocals) said he and fellow band members sympathised with the difficulties festival-goers experienced accessing the 14th Isle of Wight Festival at Seaclose Park, Newport, following heavy rain.

He said: “We got stuck on the ferry for four hours.”

Organisers apologised for delays, explaining fields had become “wetter and wetter” as thousands struggled to reach the site.

However Enter Shikari’s performance went without a hitch, with Chris saying, “any festival in the UK of that magnitude is always great fun”.

At the recent Kerrang awards the band – Rou Reynolds, Rory Clewlow, Chris and Rob Rolfe – was also shortlisted for best album for its recently released A Flash Flood of Colour.

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Rou, who along with Chris is a former Verulam School pupil, while Rory and Rob attended Sandringham School, was also shortlisted for hero of the year.

The band is playing more festivals, including Reading August 24-26.