Today Sports Team announce their biggest UK tour to date, with the band back on the road doing what they do best next Spring and headlining Brixton Academy on 29 April 2021. The past week has been a career defining moment for the six-piece, achieving number #2 in the Official Album Charts with critically acclaimed debut Deep Down Happy, which holds the highest first week sales for a debut album by a British band in four years. The band also became the biggest seller of the week, leading on physical sales (10K), digital downloads, and scoring the biggest vinyl sales of a debut record by a British artist in 2020, with a #1 on the Official Vinyl Chart. Sports Team also share the animated video for ‘Long Hot Summer’, the video created by animator Daniel Jamie Williams, which documents a playful journey through a kid’s dream.
Watch Long Hot Summer here: https://sportsteam.lnk.to/longhotsummerPR/youtube
Listen to ‘Deep Down Happy’ here: http://sportsteam.lnk.to/DeepDownHappyPR
Sports Team have built an incredibly loyal, impassioned fanbase, who carried the Gaga x Sports Team chart battle conversation on Twitter. From a Lewis Capaldi summoning circle which lead to support from the superstar (proving witchcraft does work), to TV fisherman Jeremy Wade, and Sam Fender, Sports Team fans were out in force, showing comradeship for the future of guitar music. With no record stores open, and no live shows due to lockdown, the six-piece still managed to achieve the biggest selling album of the week in Independent Retail, a mammoth feat for Britain’s next breakthrough band. Now the band look to Spring for a huge live celebration and will finally be face to face and fully immersed with their community of fans.
“Recalling the rambunctious spirit of Blur and Pulp” – 4* THE TIMES
“As far as ‘guitar music’ is concerned, it’s game on. Full of charm & unpredictability” – 4* Independent
The gobbiest new bunch on the block cement their early promise with a debut album full of hedonism, tribalism and untamed energy” – 4* NME
“Love them or hate them, dismiss them at your peril” 4* DIY
“The album bounces by with the logic of a free-for-all pub debate” Rolling Stone
“Sounding like a gang having fun should be simple, but it’s a spirit that’s been missing lately. Sports Team deserve a medal for bringing it back” 4* Daily Star
“an album soaked in teen spirit…Sports Team are the complete package” – 5* DORK
“Their tales of life in your 20s in modern Britain is unmistakably now” – Q
“A debut as wry, energetic and charismatic as their inexhaustible live presence has always promised” – Loud & Quiet
“Sports Team evoke britpop spirit of Pulp, while throwing in nods to American punk (Iggy pop is a fan)” – Daily Mail
“May we introduce you to your new favourite band” – ES Magazine
“The weirdo UK guitar band you need to know”- PAPER