Enter Shikari formed as teenagers at school in their hometown of St Albans, UK in 2003. Through the intervening years, the band have played somewhere in the region of 3000 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.
The band has released a fistful of stand-alone singles between albums, as well as a 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.
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, including main stage slots at Reading / Leeds (UK), Hurricane / Southside (Germany) and headlining the Netherlands Jera On Air amongst several more.
A short tour of the USA & Canada followed in September and October 2019 (during which Enter Shikari performed a special extremely intimate set at Brooklyn, New York’s St Vitus venue which was filmed and subsequently broadcast by Kerrang! Maagazine) ,along with the release of a brand new stand-alone single Stop The Clocks – a significant release in that it was the first fruits of the band’s signing with London-based independent label So Recordings – followed up by a visit to Australia for three performances as part of the line-up for Good Things Festival in December 2019.
In February 2020, Enter Shikari announced the April release of their 6th album, “Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible”, released April 17th via So Recordings. The album was preceded by the single and music video “The Dreamer’s Hotel” which arrived to a favourable reception beyond anyone’s expectations. Upon its release,”Nothing Is True…” was greeted by (largely) across-the-board critical acclaim and ultimately landed the band their highest ever (thus far) UK album chart position, ending up at #2 in the final official OCC album chart of release week.
Summer 2020 saw the band announce a partnership / shirt sponsorship with local football team St Albans City FC, as well as releasing “Live At Ancienne Belgique” a digital download live album from the final show of the Stop The Clocks Tour, with all proceeds donated to the Enter Shikari road crew, who had found themselves without work due to Covid-19. A limited edition pink vinyl 2xLP version followed.
As 2020 drew to a close, Enter Shikari were honoured as one of Rock Sound Magazine’s three “Class Of 2020” cover stars, while Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible earned #5 in Kerrang! Magazine’s “50 Greatest Albums of 2020” as chosen by the magazine’s writers, and #1 in the 2020 Kerrang Reader’s Poll “Album Of The Year” category. While 2021 was largely spent preparing for touring later in the year, the band did find time to unveil the “surprise” streaming album ‘Moratorium (Broadcasts From The Interruption)’, followed in late summer 2021 with physical LP & CD formats. In July 2021, the band broadcast a live-in-the-studio film entitled ‘Live At Vada’, showing the movie four times across four timezones in one night, to accompany the publication of Rou Reynolds fourth book ‘A Treatise On Possibility’.
Enter Shikari finished 2021 and started 2022 with touring all across the UK, Europe and North America.