Sam Fender has discussed how kids who bullied him at sixth form are now asking him to play their weddings, to which he has a very succinct reply.
Speaking to Sunday Times Culture ahead of his new UK tour, which kicked off in Nottingham last night (March 20), Fender remembered his time at college in the wealthy town of Whitley Bay, and how he was treated differently due to his working-class background in North Shields.
“There was a corner of the common room that they used to call peasants’ corner, and that’s where I used to sit,” he remembered. “But they’re all asking us to play their weddings now. And I subsequently tell them all to fuck off. It’s wonderful.”
Sam Fender on the BandLab NME Awards 2022 red carpet. Credit: Eva Pentel
Fender’s UK and European arena tour continues tonight (March 21) in Liverpool at the M&S Bank Arena, with two dates at London’s Wembley Arena set for early April.
Following a run of arena dates, Fender is set to play his biggest show yet at Finsbury Park in London this summer. Support will come from the likes of Fontaines D.C., Declan McKenna, Beabadoobee and Goat Girl.
See his full list of upcoming tour dates below.
21 – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
24 – 3Arena, Dublin
26 – SSE Hydro Arena, Glasgow
27 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham
30 – Centre, Brighton
1 – SSE Arena Wembley, London
2 – SSE Arena Wembley, London
5 – Utilita Arena, Newcastle
6 – Utilita Arena, Newcastle
3 – Halle 622, Zurich
5 – AFAS, Amsterdam
7 – MEH, Dusseldorf
9 – Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt
12 – Zenith, Munich
13 – Max Shmelling Halle, Berlin
27 – Open Air Theatre, Scarborough
3 – Emirates Stadium, London (w/ The Killers)
4 – Emirates Stadium, London (w/ The Killers)
14 – Malahide Castle, Dublin (w/ The Killers)
15 – Malahide Castle, Dublin (w/ The Killers)
24-26 – Glastonbury Festival
6 – Castlefield Bowl, Manchester
8 – TRNMT Festival, Glasgow
15 – Finsbury Park, London
22 – Tramlines Festival, Sheffield
23 – Truck Festival, Oxfordshire
This month also saw Sam Fender take home the Best Album In The World and Best Album By A UK Artist statues at the BandLab NME Awards 2022 for last year’s ‘Seventeen Going Under’. He also opened the ceremony with a performance of the record’s title track.
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