As Sam Fender gears up to play two huge homecoming shows at Newcastle’s St James Park this weekend, he’s confirmed that his anticipated third album will arrive next year.
The first show of Fender’s two-night residency will kick off at the Newcastle stadium tonight (June 9) and will see him flanked by a support bill of Hector Gannet, Holly Humberstone and Inhaler for the biggest gigs of his career. A second show will take place tomorrow.
Now, Fender has revealed that fans luckily enough to be at those shows can pre-order commemorative St James’ Park picture discs of his upcoming third album – which will arrive next year.
Two different picture discs will be offered (for each night of the show) and they will feature photos from the upcoming shows.
Both of the picture disks are available on Fender’s online store here, but will only be on offer to fans for one week — with sales ending at 6pm next Saturday (June 17).
Fender had previously teased the record with a series of mysterious QR codes on billboards across Newcastle, which eventually revealed themselves to be a link to the pre-order this morning.
Speaking to Rolling Stone UK about the shows last year, Fender said: “To play St James’ Park has kinda always been a bit of a daft joke, ever since we started the band five years ago. I’ve always said ‘Imagine if we could play St James! That would be something else’. We came to the point where my manager said it’s happening and I was just like ‘oh my god!’ It’s fucking mind-boggling.”
When asked if new music could be on the horizon, he added: “Potentially! I’ve been writing loads and we’re all gonna focus and start working on something. There might be a new single out by that point. You never really know when that stuff is gonna coming around until you get into the bulk of it, and we haven’t got into the bulk of the third record just yet. There usually tends to be a main idea that we run with and I’ve got that, but nothing much. I’ve got 20 songs written, so we can work from there.”