Sports Team release 'Stations Of The Cross At The Oval'
15 September 2020
It’s been a crazy week on air for Sports Team, from co-hosting the Radio 1 Future Sounds show with Annie Mac, to being Chris Evan’s live studio guests on Virgin Radio. The band spoke candidly to their favourite 90s host, remincising car journeys with parents and now confronted with hyperbolic praise from Evans: “They’re funny, they’re clever, they’re quietly irate. I love your music… what does it feel like to be geniuses?”.
This comes ahead of the 6-piece’s 2020 Hyundai Mercury Prize ‘Album of the Year’ performance, which will be broadcast live on BBC Four TV on 24th September. The band have been shortlisted for their critically acclaimed, number 2 charting debut album Deep Down Happy, alongside Dua Lipa, Kano, Charli XCX, Michael Kiwanuka and more. During lockdown, the band (packed out) iconic cricket ground The Oval, and performed album favourite Stations of the Cross to (0) fans. Broadcast live on Sunday Brunch, the video is now available on YouTube.
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. The six piece also announced their biggest UK tour to date, with the band back on the road doing what they do best next Spring and headlining O2 Academy Brixton on 29 April 2021.
UK & IRELAND TOUR
20 April Dublin The Grand Social 22 April Leeds Leeds University Stylus 23 April Manchester The Albert Hall 25 April Nottingham Rock City 26 April Glasgow SWG3 28 April Bristol SWX Bristol 29 April London O2 Academy Brixton