North London’s finest, Bombay Bicycle Club, have sold out of more than 10,000 tickets to their local homecoming gig at Alexandra Palace on Saturday April 28 2012. In recent years the legendary venue has become famous for hosting notable shows by the likes of Jay-Z, Arcade Fire and Arctic Monkeys while their date follows on the heels of shows there by The Black Keys and Florence & The Machine.

And this week Bombay Bicycle Club have been nominated for three NME Awards – for Best British Band, Best Album Artwork and Best Track in Shuffle – a remarkable achievement on the back of having performed to more than 150,000 people via their main stage festival appearances and headline shows. They have also quietly sold more than 350,000 albums in a whirlwind two years since their debut was released in 2009 – achievements include two Top 10 albums, an Ivor Novello nomination, a No.1 on Spotify ahead of Beyonce and Adele, as well as the band winning Best New Band at The NME Awards in 2010 – all this through the steady support of a loyal fan base built-up over the last three years and via word-of-mouth rather than press hype.

They release new single ‘How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep’ on April 9th through Island Records which is expected to further swell the band’s 175,000 single sales to date. The video for the new single is a beautiful animation created by Anna Ginsburg (see on Youtube or Vevo)– which has taken six months to create – and is made even more personal by the fact that she also went to school with the band. It is the fourth track to be taken from their third studio album, ‘A Different Kind Of Fix’, which has also just been certified Gold with sales of more than 100,000 copies. The album was co-produced between Hamburg with Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, Adele) – who worked on their debut – and Atlanta with Ben H. Allen, the former P. Diddy mixer who has worked with Gnarls Barkley and Animal Collective.

The quartet are also about to embark on their first ever North American headline tour which is selling so well that several venues – some up to a capacity of 1,200 people – are being upgraded to accommodate demand. In March they tour Australia with Elbow and they have just returned from shows in the Far East to rave reviews, which follow on the heels of those for the album:

The band have also announced they will be joining the line-up for BBC Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend, which as part of Radio 1’s Big Weekend, is the UK’s biggest free ticketed music event and takes place at Hackney Marshes, London on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June.

Also confirmed are the support for their UK Tour starting on Sunday 15th April:

April 2012

Sunday 15 – Cambridge Corn Exchange – Lianne La Havas / Rae Morris

Monday 16 – Brighton Centre – Lianne La Havas / Lucy Rose

Tuesday 17 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall – Lianne La Havas / Lucy Rose

Thursday 19 – York Barbican – Lianne La Havas / Rae Morris

Friday 20 – Edinburgh Corn Exchange Lianne La Havas / Rae Morris

Saturday 21 – Liverpool Guild Of Students – Lianne La Havas / Rae Morris

Monday 23 – Plymouth Pavilions- Lianne La Havas / Rae Morris

Tuesday 24 – Portsmouth Guildhall – Lianne La Havas / Rae Morris

Wednesday 25 – Leicester De Montfort Hall – Lianne La Havas / Rae Morris

Friday 27 – Blackpool Empress Ballroom – plus special guests Everything Everything / Rae Morris

Saturday 28 – London Alexandra Palace – Lianne La Havas / Rae Morris

Tickets are available at / 0844 811 0051