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, 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 / 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 recent 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”, scheduled for April 17th via So Recordings. At time of writing; the singles “The Dreamer’s Hotel” and “The King” were the first tracks to be unveiled to an expectant public, to a favourable reception beyond anyone’s expectations.