Sports Team announce limited edition B-sides & Rarities Vinyl ‘Plant Test’ exclusively for independent retail

To celebrate the easing of lockdown measures, Britain’s most rambunctious band Sports Team release a special, limited edition B-sides & Rarities Vinyl, Plant Test, available only at Independent retailers in the UK. Independent retail has been at the heart of Sports Team’s output, having had the biggest vinyl sales for a debut British artist in 2020, and number 1 on official vinyl chart week of release. The six piece have also announced their rescheduled tour dates, and will bring the dizzying chaos of their live show to Manchester Academy, SWG3, Rock City, University Stylus, Whelans, SWX, and culminate at O2 Academy Brixton on 25 November 2021, for many nights to remember. See below for the full list of the “Red Hot Rock Show” dates and festival performances.

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It will be the band’s first time performing songs from their debut, which battled it out with global superstar Lady Gaga for the number #1 spot in the UK charts last June. It was a chart race which broke Twitter; from fashioning a Lewis Capaldi summoning circle, to Sam Fender & TV fisherman Jeremy Wade, wading in, with the band missed out on the top spot by only 500 sales. Described as “a debut as wry, energetic and charismatic as their inexhaustible live presence has always promised”(L&Q) and “an album soaked in teen spirit, Sports Team are the complete package” (DORK), the record went on to become the biggest selling album of the week in Independent Retail, and was nominated for the prestigious Hyundai Mercury Prize, alongside Dua Lipa, Charli XCX, Laura Marling, and winner Michael Kiwanuka.

For a band on the cusp of stardom, the only venues Sports Team entered in 2020 was their local pub The Nags Head, an empty Oval for their Sunday Brunch performance, and an empty Coliseum Theatre, headlining GQ’s virtual Men Of The Year Awards. With touring back and festivals going ahead, this might just be the year we get to be Deep Down Happy.


Fri 09 Jul 2021              Glasgow                                   TRNSMT Festival

Sat 24 Jul 2021             Oxfordshire                               Truck Festival

Fri 13 Aug 2021             Leicester                                   110 Above Festival

Fri 27 Aug 2021             Reading                                    Reading Festival

Sat 28 Aug 2021           Leeds                                       Leeds Festival

Sun 05 Sep 2021          Warrington                                Neighbourhood Weekender

Sat 25 Sep 2021           Bristol                                       Dot to Dot Festival

Sun 26 Sep 2021          Nottingham                               Dot To Dot Festival


Sat 02 Oct 2021            Manchester                               Manchester Academy

Tue 26 Oct 2021           Glasgow                                   SWG3

Wed 17 Nov 2021         Nottingham                               Rock City

Thu 18 Nov 2021           Leeds                                       Leeds University Stylus

Sun 21 Nov 2021          Dublin                                       Whelan’s

Tue 23 Nov 2021           Bristol                                      SWX Bristol

Thu 25 Nov 2021           London                                     O2 Academy Brixton