Headliner Spaces: The Pioneer, St Albans
Enter Shikari today announce the launch of Headliner Spaces, a joint-venture with fellow St Albans-based music/tech media platform Headliner, to revitalise the fortunes of local venue, The Pioneer.
To raise further funds for the project, Enter Shikari have also donated some prizes of great historical value for a special charity raffle…
EDIT// 22ND SEPTEMBER
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- Ryan Allman
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- Adam Fraser
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These items - and more - could be yours.
The band has also released a St Albans-themed charity T-shirt, with all proceeds donated to The Pioneer registered charity to support Headliner Spaces and other endeavours.
Each shirt sold also counts as one raffle entry.
Head to the Enter Shikari webstore to get involved.
Originally opened as a charity in 1941 for young evacuees, The Pioneer has been at its current site in St Albans since 1961. Since then, the venue has been instrumental in the formation of legendary 60’s artists The Zombies, been the site of the UK’s oldest indoor skate park, and kept the teenage members of Enter Shikari out of trouble by giving them a place to promote their own shows, including some of the earliest performances by the likes of Gallows and Bring Me The Horizon.
Headliner Spaces was set up with not just with the aim to reinstate The Pioneer Club as a touring-circuit grassroots venue, but also to have a wider reach into the community and transform the site into a creative and cultural hub. To that end, the venue will also accommodate a rehearsal space and Dolby Atmos recording studio, as well as providing education, training, and experience for aspiring artists, live music crew and recording technicians.
Headliner Spaces has already overseen the renovation of the venue (including installation of a new bar, in partnership with the good people of Signature Brew) and the studio build, with more plans for the near future.
Despite having opened quietly earlier in 2023, The Pioneer / Headliner Spaces will formally launch on Thursday 7th September with an event at the venue. Keep an eye on The Pioneer's Instagram for more details.