Preview: The Enemy at Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth

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The Enemy is an indie rock band which formed in 2006 in Coventry, UK. Their debut album, We’ll Live And Die In These Towns, was an instant number 1 in the UK album chart, echoing for many Coventry locals how it is to live there – the title itself says it all. Their following two albums, Music For The People and Streets In The Sky, were their second and third to reach the UK top 10, and their fourth studio album, It’s Automatic, came out in October 2015.

They opened at Coventry’s Godiva Festival in 2006, a festival they played for the next two years and eventually headlined. On UK tours they supported Oasis, The Fratellis, and Stereophonics, amongst others. They also supported The Rolling Stones on the last night of their European tour at the O2 Arena. Their music is reminiscent of The Libertines and The Jam, with lyrics about social commentary and friendship.

Recently, the band announced that it is to split indefinitely because of health issues, fatherhood, and a lack of exposure due to the changing nature of radio, saying “funding and releasing records just isn’t possible without support and exposure from radio.” They initially planned on six final tour dates but have added more due to very popular demand.

They’re an incredibly special band to anyone from Coventry, The Enemy will be missed by the city.

Tickets can be purchased online for £22.50 here.

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