Skip to main content

Home Music Music News

Sam Fender cancels remaining 2021 dates due to COVID case in touring party

"End of year shocker"

By Tom Skinner

Sam Fender poses for Rolling Stone UK
Sam Fender's Rolling Stone cover shoot (Picture: Rolling Stone UK/Damon Baker)

Sam Fender has cancelled the remaining dates on his intimate UK tour due to a COVID case within his touring party.

The North Shields singer-songwriter performed tiny gigs in Bristol and Leeds last week in support of his acclaimed second album ‘Seventeen Going Under’, which came out in October.

He was due to play a similar-sized show at the Foundry venue in Sheffield this evening (December 15) before wrapping up the stint in Dundee tomorrow (December 16).

Taking to social media this afternoon, however, Fender announced that he’s been forced to postpone the pair of concerts until 2022.

“End of year shocker,” he wrote. “There’s been a case of covid in our touring party so the instore shows in Sheffield tonight and Dundee tomorrow will be moved to next year. Big love and see you soon X.”

Fans are being advised to keep hold of their tickets to the events until new dates are confirmed. See the posts below for further details.

Earlier this week, Fender announced a huge outdoor show at Finsbury Park in London for next summer. He’ll be joined by the likes of Fontaines D.C, Declan McKenna, Goat Girl and Beabadoobee. Tickets go on sale here at 9am GMT this Friday (December 17).

Fender will also embark on a UK and Ireland arena tour next spring – you can find the full schedule and ticket details here.

Speaking to Rolling Stone UK about his plans for 2022, Fender explained: “We haven’t even really toured [‘Seventeen Going Under’] properly because of Covid. We’ve played five songs, but we haven’t fully delved into the album live. I see next year as that record’s year and the one after that is probably for the next.

“But I’m getting into the studio over Christmas and I never stop. I’m gonna start recording January time, there’s loads of material from the Seventeen sessions too that’s worth revisiting. I think that story isn’t finished either.”

He added: “Even though I’m spending more time in London than at home, my hometown story affects us and a lot of my friends still provide a lot of that material.”