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March 29 | 19:30£8.00
“Sports Team should be your new favourite band” – Annie Mac
“Over the past year, whispers of Sports Team’s performances and the absolute imperative of needing to see Rice and his fellow mischief makers in the flesh have spread like a wildfire.” – Noisey
“Their show is an impressive one, a reminder of why indie made it back from the brink, loaded with both earworms and emotion” – The Guardian
“An intoxicating live prospect” – DIY
Ahead of the band’s first trip to the United States and a debut UK headline run later in the month, Sports Team today continue to preview their new Keep Walking! EP, due out tomorrow with the release of new track ‘Get Along’. The accompanying video showcases life on the road, but one with more hillside rambles and less service stations, while using footage of their peerless live shows, an experience that’s helped build a community (a fan-led whatsapp group of hundreds exists if anyone was wanting incessant notifications) from relentless touring – something they look to continue to do throughout the rest of 2019.
Following the release of Keep Walking!, an EP that sold out its first pressing on pre-order, the band will embark on their maiden US trip, and today share details of next week’s SXSW schedule, where the band will be bringing a piece of middle England to the lone star state. The band can also confirm that, fresh from their Eurosonic performance in January the band have confirmed a slew of festivals recently including a main stage slot at one of Europe’s largest festivals, Rock Werchter. All upcoming SXSW and UK headline shows can be found below with a raft of additional festival appearances due for announce imminently.
Sports Team first released music in January 2018 with their Winter Nets EP, and have since gone from strength to strength as they’ve gone onto establish themselves as one of the UK’s most loved new bands. Out of the gate the band demanded attention of fans and media alike with strong early buzz from their live shows translating into impressive support across the country. Early single ‘Kutcher’ was named Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record in the World’, trademark track ‘Camel Crew’ was declared Noisey’s 10th best song of 2018 and EP cut ‘Beverly Rose’ won Steve Lamacq’s Round Table before finishing an impressive run with the headlining slot at the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading and Leeds. To finish a huge year for the band they delivered on early promise to play an ‘I was there’ show, with an electrifying performance at London’s 800 capacity Scala before they graced their first covers on both DIY and long-time supporters So Young – frontman Alex Rice was even named as one of Vogue’s ‘50 Hottest Boys in the World’.
The band started the new year picking up where they left off with the release of January’s anthemic ‘M5’, a single that was named Annie Mac’s Track of the Week and one that backed up the band’s seemingly audacious arena claims. As part of the Keep Walking! EP, alongside ‘Get Along’, it shows a band nearing the peak of their songwriting powers and yet another reason to solidify the sextet’s standing as the UK’s most exciting band.