After COVID-19 forced him to postpone his UK tour dates this spring, singer-songwriter Sam Fender has confirmed rescheduled shows for 2021. His sold-out tour kicks-off on 7 April, with two nights at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom, and concludes on 8 June at Leicester’s DeMontfort Hall. While Fender’s 2020 tour was in support of his chart-topping debut album, Hypersonic Missiles, the award-winning artist has promised his fans that these new dates will be well worth the wait, with plenty of new material.
With the current state that the UK is in, we’re pushing all shows back until next year. It sucks but by the time these shows come around, there will be loads of new music to play you. So keep hold of your tickets cos it’s gonna be insane. See you then! Sam x pic.twitter.com/6wPc1ONFDQ
— Sam Fender (@samfendermusic) June 8, 2020
Fender, who won the Critics Choice Award at the 2019 Brits, announced his rescheduled tour dates on Twitter earlier today and shared a message with fans. “With the current state that the UK is in, we’re pushing all shows back until next year. It sucks but by the time these shows come around, there will be loads of new music to play you. So keep hold of your tickets cos it’s gonna be insane. See you then! Sam x.”
In addition to playing his biggest venues to-date, Fender was also scheduled to appear at many of this year’s major festivals, including Reading and Leeds, Norway’s Øyafestivalen, Isle of Wight and Glastonbury – all of which were cancelled or postponed, amid COVID-19.
Released in September 2019, Hypersonic Missiles marked the highly-anticipated debut full-length from the rising artist. Described by Fender as “An anthem for the everyman about living for the weekend and sticking two fingers up to zero hours contracts”, Hypersonic Missiles was embraced by fans, and debuted at No.1 in the UK. It was also widely acclaimed by critics, and included on several year-end lists, including the “Top 50 Albums of 2019” from both the NME and The Independent.
Meanwhile, in February of this year, Fender confirmed to the NME that he was already working on a follow-up. “I think it’s done. Well, not recorded,” he said, at the 2020 NME Awards. “I’ve written the songs… there might be one or two songs that’ll come along on the way [as well], but yeah: I’ve just got to start recording.”