Headliner Magazine: “THIS ISN’T SOME GENTRIFIED EAST LONDON PLACE FOR MUSIC YUPPIES”

Headliner Magazine review Blue Hour, Ramona Marx and Loud Minds at The Pioneer Club...

Surviving multiple threats to its existence, including Tesco very persistently trying to turn it into a supermarket, The Pioneer Club in St Albans continues to survive in the brutal modern landscape for music venues in the UK. To lose it would be a tragedy, considering its history boasts launching the careers of The Zombies and Enter Shikari. Now a registered charity and thanks to vital funding from Enter Shikari themselves, The Pioneer lives on, particularly as a youth club and the country’s oldest skate park. The threat of closure, however, has meant its gig schedule took a huge hit, but on one particular Saturday evening, Blue Hour and their support acts proved this is a live venue that must be protected at all costs.

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Blue Hour at The Pioneer Club, Feb 2022