Never ones to miss the opportunity for a real-life pun, London six-piece Sports Team decided to launch their brand new single ‘Margate’ in the only way they knew how: by hiring a coach and ferrying a bunch of their nearest and dearest to the very same seaside town.
Departing from London bright and early last Friday, the 33-seater coach - a relic from the past, sans wifi or air con - registered at around 37 degrees in temperature. While frontman Alex Rice wasn’t in the driving seat, as initially promised, he did ensure his guests were looked after, walking up and down the bus, handing out luke-warm beers with a ridiculously wide smile.
After an urgently-needed team swim in the sea - mostly to get rid of all of that bus sweat - the touring party ambled towards the band’s venue for the night, the cute Victorian Tom Thumb Theatre, which boasts a capacity of 50, and comes complete with flock velvet wallpaper and a tiny stage, four inches off the ground.
Unsurprisingly, chaos ensues. Within the band’s first seven minutes on stage, Alex seems intent on dislocating all of his limbs simultaneously, before drummer Al Greenwood takes it upon herself to crowd surf to the back of the venue. After asking the crowd, ‘Who’s a famous person from Margate?’ - to which the crowd reply Tracy Emin - Alex pips up again: “This is a song we wrote about Tracy Emin. It’s called ‘Kutcher’, but it’s about Tracy Emin nonetheless.”
Then, almost as soon as they take to the stage, it’s all over. Having celebrated ‘Margate”s release to the max, the self-proclaimed ‘school trip’ piled back into their trusty coach and returned to London.
Sports Team’s new single ‘Margate’ is out now. They play at London’s Scala on 19th September.