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Enter ShikariEnter Shikari
Enter Shikari are a four-piece band from St Albans, UK. They have released five award-winning, UK Album Chart Top 5 albums between 2006 - 2018, along with several fan-focused projects (live albums, remix albums, DVD projects and the like) in between the main events.
They have toured the world too many times to count; including two area-sized runs in the UK, massive headline dates in Moscow & St Petersburg, Russia, and bar-room shows in Bangkok, Thailand, as well as appearing at festivals as far removed from each other as California’s Coachella and Hellfest, France.
Throughout their 13 year career, Enter Shikari have always maintained a firm socially conscious stance; supporting charities and organisations such as the Music Venue Trust and Donate4Refugees (the band being patrons of both), as well as Teenage Cancer Trust, Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy and War Child.
The band has recently signed a worldwide partnership with Camden, London-based So Recordings to release their music going forward.
ENTER SHIKARI is: Rou Reynolds - vocals / electronics, Rory Clewlow - guitar / vocals, Chris Batten - bass / vocals, Rob Rolfe - drums / vocals.
Enter Shikari formed as teenagers at school in their hometown of St Albans, UK in 2003. In the intervening years, they have played somewhere in the region of 2000 live shows around the globe, including two area-sized runs in the UK and more big and small festivals than it would be possible to list fully in the time available to us.
Enter Shikari have released five full-length studio albums thus far: TAKE TO THE SKIES (2007), COMMON DREADS (2009), A FLASH FLOOD OF COLOUR (2012), THE MINDSWEEP (2015) and THE SPARK (2017).
All five albums landed in the UK Album Chart top 5 for the “midweeks”, with A Flash Flood Of Colour actually mid-week-ing at #1 on release, only to be crushed beneath the wheels of the juggernaut that was ’21’ by Adele come end of that week.
The band has also released a fistful of stand-alone singles between albums, as well as number of collections of remixes / B-sides / live tracks and full length live show albums / DVDs through their own website, most of which are now long-deleted and fetching daft money on Ebay. These vinyl distractions include a drum & bass remix project The Mindsweep: Hospitalised, which saw the entirety of The Mindsweep album reworked by artists from the prestigious Hospital Records roster, a double album Live At Alexandra Palace from their sold out 2016 performance there, and February 15th 2019 saw the release of not one, but TWO overly-ambitious double live album projects; ‘Take To The Skies : Live in Moscow. May 2017’ and ‘Live At Alexandra Palace 2’ to the Bootleg Series (volumes 9 and 10 respectively).
Enter Shikari ended 2018 / started 2019 with an extensive tour of UK / Europe / Russia before moving into a busy summer of UK and European festival appearances.
A short tour of the USA / Canada has recently been announced for September / October 2019, along with the release of a brand new stand-alone single Stop The Clocks; release significant in that it is the first fruits of the band’s recent signing with London-based independent label So Recordings.
The band are currently holed-up writing / demoing material for studio album #6 (release date as yet undiscussed), taking a brief break from studio work to visit Australia for three performances as part of the line-up for Good Things Festival in December 2019.