••• Hold Out •••
Sam Fender shares his first track of 2020 with with new/old tune ‘Hold Out’.
‘Hold Out’ is streaming now. As one of the first tracks that Sam ever wrote, ‘Hold Out’ is also one of the few tracks that stretch right back to when Sam first started performing with his band. Following a momentous twelve months, and ahead of Sam’s attendance at the BRIT Awards next week, it now finds its release.
“We nearly released Hold Out as a single a while back. It used to be a staple in our live set when the band first got together, and I’ve always been really fond of it. It’s about going out on the lash back home which was really just a form of escape. This is going to be the last tune we put out there of the Hypersonic Missiles era. I hope you like it as much as I do.” – Says Fender
Whilst Hold Out doesn’t signal the start of a second album campaign, it acts as another fine statement of intent for Fender, who had already mapped out the skeletal frame of a second album before his number 1 selling debut was released last year. A prolific writer with a steely determination to get back into his self-built studio space alongside the River Tyne as soon as a new song takes its shape, Sam has already spoken about his desire to better that first record, he deems a mere introduction of what he’s capable of. He needn’t be quite so tough on himself, Hypersonic Missiles was released to widespread acclaim, declared as a new British artist with an innate ear for melody and a sharp way with his words that reflected street-level observations with global ambition. It’s often rare for an acclaimed record to return solid sales too, but Hypersonic Missiles debuted at number 1 and has since sold in excess of 100,000 copies. An important, noteworthy release for 2019.
2020 commences similarly to 2019, with Sam preparing for the BRIT Awards later this month. He follows last year’s Critics’ Choice Award with a nomination this year for Best New Artist. That’s preceded by the return of the NME Awards, where Sam finds himself similarly jousting for the Best New British Act category and the Best New Act In The World too.
For an otherwise celebratory year, an unfortunate and frustrating bout of ill health pushed back a handful of sold-out UK live dates late last year, with the rescheduled shows now fixed for either later this month or into the Spring, including two nights of the four at Newcastle’s O2 Academy. The remaining night at Brixton Academy now lands after his Spring tour and his sold out shows at Alexandra Palace.
As we hurtle in the direction of the Summer, festival slots are already being booked up with a string announced and soon to be announced suggesting that more fans than ever will be able to catch Sam and his band live, and arguably where he excels.
For an extensive list of live dates, see below.
17th February – O2 Academy, Newcastle SOLD OUT
19th February – O2 Academy, Newcastle SOLD OUT
24th February – La Cigale, Paris
25th February – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels SOLD OUT
27th February – Palladium, Cologne
28th February – Columbiahalle, Berlin
1st March – Halle 622, Zurich
2nd March – Paradiso, Amsterdam SOLD OUT
5th March – Docks Club, Hamburg
20th March – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester SOLD OUT
21st March – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester SOLD OUT
23rd March – Barrowlands, Glasgow SOLD OUT
24th March – Barrowlands, Glasgow SOLD OUT
26th March – Alexandra Palace, London SOLD OUT
27th March – Alexandra Palace, London SOLD OUT
31st March – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff SOLD OUT
2nd April – First Direct Arena, Leeds SOLD OUT
3rd April – Utilita Arena, Newcastle SOLD OUT
14th May – O2 Academy, Bristol (rescheduled show) SOLD OUT
16th May – O2 Academy, Birmingham (rescheduled show) SOLD OUT
17th May – O2 Academy, Brixton (rescheduled show) SOLD OUT
23rd May – Warrington, Neighbourhood Festival
24th May – Newcastle, This Is Tomorrow Festival
3rd June – De Montfort Hall, Leicester (rescheduled show)
13th June – Isle of Wight Festival
16th June – Malahide Castle, Dublin (w/ The Killers) SOLD OUT
17th June – Malahide Castle, Dublin (w/ The Killers) SOLD OUT
8th July – Madrid, Espacio Mad Cool Festival
10th July – Glasgow, TRNSMT Festival
19th August – Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht SOLD OUT
28th August – Reading Festival
29th August – Leeds Festival
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