Sports Team have announced some UK and Ireland tour dates for April next year when they hope to finally get out and celebrate the release of their debut album Deep Down Happy.
Gigs are scheduled in Dublin, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Glasgow, Bristol and London after the band went all the way to number two in the UK charts earlier this month, narrowly missing out on the top spot to Lady Gaga.
“It’s in the lyrical realm where Sports Team differentiate themselves: songwriter Rob Knaggs has an observational eye like Messrs Turner and Cocker, yet unlike those two giants his experience is one as a member of the middle class rather than the working,” our 8/10 review reads.
“Though the band are surely loath to be viewed through a class prism, kudos to him for not hiding from this fact, as it’s no less valid an experience than relying on Universal Credit. Through singer Rice, Knaggs laments the boredom of chain pub The Slug & Lettuce, for example. The only real moment for pause on the album, the piano-led Long Hot Summer, contains passionate vocals and the timeless lyric: ‘There’s nothing for me in this town’.”
Sports Team have also used this tour announcement as an opportunity to premiere a lyric video for album track Long Hot Summer:
20 – Dublin, The Grand Social
22 – Leeds, University Stylus
23 – Manchester, The Albert Hall
25 – Nottingham, Rock City
26 – Glasgow, SWG3
28 – Bristol, SWX
29 – London, O2 Academy Brixton