Enter Shikari have joined forces with St Albans-based media platform Headliner to save and transform their local venue, The Pioneer.
Since opening its doors in 1941, the Pioneer has been a hub of creativity ever since, and was a vital proving ground for a young Enter Shikari in the early 2000s when trying to establish a fanbase. The guys even promoted their own shows at the grassroots venue, including some of the most chaotic early performances from Bring Me The Horizon and Gallows.
Now plans are in motion to reinstate The Pioneer as not just a proper touring venue again, but a creative and cultural hub, providing a rehearsal space and Dolby Atmos recording studio.
To raise funds to the project, Shikari are raffling off some pieces of band history, including Rou Reynolds' Kaoss Pad and Chris Batten's bass from the Sorry You're Not A Winner and Anything Can Happen In The Next Half Hour videos, and Rory Clewlow's Gibson SG he used throughout the Common Dreads era and in the Sssnakepit video.
The band have also released a St Albans-themed T-shirt – riffing on the Saint Alban's Cross flag with Shikari's inverted triangle logo – with all proceed going to The Pioneer.
Get your raffle tickets and T-shirts now.