Tickets for the first ever American Football UK dates went on sale at 10:00AM today… Within 10 minutes of going live, both Leeds and Manchester shows sold out, and the London date has just sold out too.

This isn’t entirely suprising given that the seminal emo band have never played in the UK before, but this is also testament to American Football’s patient and dedicated fanbase, and proves how much demand there has been for the band to come overseas over the last 15+ years.

May 14th 2015 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom SOLD OUT
May 15th 2015 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club SOLD OUT
May 16th 2015 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla SOLD OUT

In May 2015, American Football are coming to the UK for the first time to play three dates in Leeds, Manchester and London. The dates follow on from American Football’s incredibly successful US reunion tour, and the reissue of their seminal self-titled album.

In the 15 years since its release, American Football’s self-titled debut full-length has quietly become one of the most fiercely beloved titles in the US indie Polyvinyl catalogue. Though the trio — Mike Kinsella (Cap’n Jazz, Owen, Owls), Steve Lamos, and Steve Holmes — only played a few shows and released just one other record (a three-song EP that preceded this full-length), their influence and legacy has steadily continued to grow in the time after they disbanded.

From its now iconic artwork to the band’s unique songwriting approach (highlighted by an emphasis on shifting time signatures and sincere lyrics), American Football proves a record doesn’t become a true classic through flashiness or catering to trends, but rather the deep emotional connection it forges between the music and the listener.

A testament to the act’s lasting influence, American Football maintains a loyal fan base eager for material from the band. Due to an outpouring of request, in 2004 Polyvinyl reissued American Football on vinyl. Following up on past success and requests, in 2008 Polyvinyl issued a 1-sided 12″ of the American Football EP with new photography by Chris Strong. Despite the small amount of recorded work and hardly any touring, American Football remains one of Polyvinyl Records most beloved bands to this day.

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