Sam Fender Releases New Single, ‘Play God’, Announces UK Tour Dates For May

The fast-rising star plays six headlining UK shows in May and also appears at Warrington’s two-day Neighbourhood Weekender festival.

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Sam Fender has unveiled his latest single, Play God, as well as announcing details of a UK tour for later this year.

The latest offering from the Brits Critics Choice Award winner sees him tackling the state of the world, while providing it with a dystopian twist. It’s a re-release for Fender, after Play God was initially the singer’s debut single in 2017. You can hear the song below.

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“Play God is set in an alternate dystopian reality that shares similarities with our own world,” the singer-songwriter told the NME.

“I wrote it a couple of years ago where there were a lot of big changes happening in both the UK and the States, I had just entered my twenties, I was anxious about the future of the world and its leaders, and it didn’t help that I’d just read George Orwell’s 1984 at the time. As you can imagine, I was pretty paranoid!”

As well as the new single, Fender has also confirmed that he’ll hit the road once more in May. Tickets for the shows are available from 9AM on Friday, 18 February and you can check the dates out in full below. In addition to these shows, Fender has confirmed to play at Neighbourhood Weekender in Warrington on 25-26 May, which is headlined by Richard Ashcroft and George Ezra.

The tour comes after Fender was announced as the winner of the Brits Critics Choice Award in December 2018 – following in the esteemed footsteps of Sam Smith, Florence & The Machine and Adele.

“I am truly humbled to win The BRITs Critics’ Choice Award,” said Fender. “Being nominated was crazy enough, never mind winning it. I’m so grateful to everyone back home for believing, and to my band and team for all their hard work. We’ve played literally hundreds of shows this year, and we’re going to go even harder in 2019.”

Sam Fender plays the following UK shows:

2 May: Ritz, Manchester
3 May: QMU, Glasgow
6 May: Shepherds Bush Empire, London
10 May: The Institute, Birmingham
12 May: Lemon Grove, Exeter
13 May: SWX, Bristol.

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