Born in North Shields 28 years ago, Sam Fender is easily one of the UK’s biggest alternative artists at the moment. Sam released his second album, Seventeen Going Under, in 2021, and it has been received incredibly well by critics, earning him a Brit Award for Best Alternative/Rock act in February 2022 and getting shortlisted for the Mercury Prize this year. Sam also recently saw great success and praise for his Glastonbury set, shortly followed by his own sold-out headline date at Finsbury Park in London. This truly is Sam Fender’s year, and we are absolutely not mad about it.
To make things even better, Sam has just embarked on a series of North American shows, and we could not be more excited about it.
Sam kicked off these US shows at Lollapolooza on July 28th, playing a set that was nothing less than spectacular. Despite only having a seven-song setlist, Sam was still able to dazzle and captivate the crowds. The set included songs such as ‘The Borders,’ a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Dancing in the Dark,’ and, of course, his hit single, ‘Seventeen Going Under.’ If you can’t tell, we’re seriously jealous of everyone that got to go.
As expected, much of Sam’s setlist came from the previously mentioned Seventeen Going Under album, with these US tour dates being the first US dates he’s embarked on since the release of the album. While influenced heavily by artists such as Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, and the Smiths, Sam’s discography cultivates a sound that is wholly unique and individual to him. When describing the album, the Geordie stated:
“This album is a coming-of-age story. It’s about growing up. It’s a celebration of life after hardship, it’s a celebration of surviving.”
Sam Fender on Seventeen Going Under
As well as the titular lead single, our personal standouts are ‘Spit of You,’ ‘Getting Started,’ and ‘Aye.’ If you’ve yet to listen to the album, then, firstly, what else have you possibly been doing? Secondly, we highly recommend that you add it to your downloads ASAP, it’s not one that you want to sleep on.
As well as Lollapalooza and his own headline shows, Sam will also be playing with Florence & The Machine as their opening act in the US. Honestly, we couldn’t think of a better combination of artists if we tried. While Sam’s August 9th and August 5th dates may be sold out, you may still be able to get tickets to one of his other shows (that is, unless all of us at THP buy them for ourselves.) See if Sam is coming to a city near you below!
- 7/28 – Lollapalooza Festival – Chicago, IL
- 7/30 – Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON
- 7/31 – Osheaga Festival – Montreal, QC
- 8/5 – The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
- 8/9 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY
- 9/7 – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island – Chicago, IL *
- 9/8 – Theater at Xcel Energy Center – Saint Paul, MN *
- 9/10 – Pine Knob Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI *
- 9/12 – Capital One Arena – Washington, DC *
- 9/14 – TD Garden – Boston, MA *
- 9/16 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY *
- 9/22 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
- 9/24 – The Showbox – Seattle, WA
- 9/25 – The Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
*= w/ Florence + The Machine