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American Football announce tour dates for 25th anniversary of debut album

29 January 2024, 12:15 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Celebrating 25th anniversary of their self-titled debut album, and ten years since their reunion, Midwestern emo pioneers American Football have announced a series of special anniversary shows across the UK this summer.

Beginning with a headline slot on the Sunday night of this year's Outbreak Festival in Manchester, playing their iconic self-titled debut in full. The band will then play a trio of large shows in September at Nottingham's Rock City, Glasgow's Barrowland Ballroom and London's Roundhouse.

Comprised initially of guitarist Mike Kinsella (Cap'n Jazz, Joan of Arc, Owls), guitarist Steve Holmes and drummer Steve Lamos, American Football formed at the University of Illinois in 1997. After writing and practicing for about one year, they released a three-track EP in 1998. The band played a few shows around the Midwest and then recorded a self-titled album which followed a year later. About a year after the album had been released, the band became primarily a studio project before its members mutually decided to quit recording together.

In 2014, Polyvinyl reissued the band's debut album, which included an entire bonus disc featuring never-before heard demos and live recordings. Shortly after this, the three original members decided to reunite for a few special performances. Two years later, they released their long-anticipated second album, American Football (LP2). 2019 saw the release of the band's third self-titled full-length album, American Football (LP3), which features guest vocals from Paramore's Hayley Williams, Slowdive's Rachel Goswell and Land of Talk's Elizabeth Powell.

Tickets for all shows go on sale this Friday, 2 February. For more information, visit

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