The Enid’s 40-year career has endured several changes in personnel, always maintaining its integrity and vitality. As such they have gained a loyal, ever-growing fanbase, particularly in the UK, Europe and Japan. The new shows follow founding member Robert John Godfrey’s recent announcement that he will be retiring from live performances, and introduce lead singer Joe Payne and recent addition, keyboardist Zachary Bullock, taking on a more multi-instrumental role.
Soon to release their next album Dust (coming Fri 1st April), The Enid are currently touring the album ahead of its release. The band enjoyed much success in 2015 for their tour The Bridge Show which pushed boundaries in their use of visual art and political and social context, and received the underdog nomination for Live Event at the 2015 Progressive Music Awards. This year The Enid celebrate a triple success in the Prog Magazine Readers Poll, voted Band of the Year, Best Male Vocalist (Joe Payne) and Best Keyboardist (Robert John Godfrey). This is Payne’s second year topping this poll.
The Enid are currently promoting their new album Dust (released April 2016) which expands on the themes introduced in 2012’s critically acclaimed Invicta – an album that has rapidly taken its place alongside The Enid’s classic albums In the Region of the Summer Stars, Aerie Faerie Nonsense and Something Wicked This Way Comes.
The Enid are looking forward to celebrating the 40th anniversary of the band’s debut album. Joe Payne says “though Robert will not be present with us on stage, his presence will be clearly felt through the beautiful music he created.”
“It’s The Enid entering the most enticing, engaging and engrossing phase of their career.” Malcolm Dome, Prog Magazine, 2015.