Friends since the age of fourteen, Athlete took their wide ranging influences such as Grandaddy and The Flaming Lips and started jamming and practicing in the basement of The Bear, a pub which was converted into a church and sandwich bar, on Deptford High Street in 1999. They began recording there, before sending demos out. Signing with Regal Recordings, they released their first single in February 2002. The band came to prominence in 2003 with their debut album, Vehicles and Animals. The album earned a Mercury Music Prize nomination and went on to sell over 250,000 copies.
Their second album, Tourist, reached Number One in the UK Album Charts in its first week, following the huge success of single Wires, which, in 2006, won them the Ivor Novello Award for "Best Contemporary Song".
They return with their new album Beyond The Nighbourhood, released on 3rd September, and are touring the UK in October. Dates are here...
2 Oct Nottingham Rock City
3 Oct Leeds Uni
4 Oct Birmingham Academy
6 Oct Glasgow Barrowlands
7 Oct Newcastle Academy
8 Oct Bristol Academy
10 Oct Southampton Guildhall
11 Oct London, Shepherds Bush
12 Oct London, Shepherds Bush
14 Oct Manchester Academy
15 Oct Liverpool Academy
17 Oct Norwich UEA
18 Oct Lincoln Engine Shed
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