ATHLETE TAKE FAST TRACK TO BIG VENUES!

The Mercury Music Prize-nominated popsters' jaunt includes a huge London show...

MERCURY MUSIC PRIZE nominees Athlete have announced a series of dates for early 2004, including a huge show at LONDON’s BRIXTON ACADEMY.

The south London-based popsters have already announced a winter tour, which starts on October 7 in Birmingham.

The full list of dates are at:

Birmingham Academy 2 (October 7)

Norwich Waterfront (8)

Sheffield Leadmill (9)

Manchester University (10)

Newcastle Northumbria University (12)

Edinburgh Liquid Rooms (13)

Glasgow Garage (14)

Leeds Met University (16)

Liverpool Academy 2 (17)

Bristol University (18)

Cardiff University (19)

Exeter University Lemon Grove (21)

Southampton University (22)

Brighton Concorde 2 (23)

London Shepherds Bush Empire (24/25)

Nottingham Rock City (January 28 2004)

Glasgow Carling Academy (29)

Preston Guildhall (30)

London Brixton Academy (31)

To buy tickets, [url=]click here or call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.