“I played here when I was just a wee boy. With George Ezra.” Sam Fender reminisces about his support show for George Ezra five years ago at the very same venue. The young man has supported artists from Ben Howard to Catfish & the Bottlemen despite being relatively unknown until a year ago. Tonight he plays a packed King Tuts and seems to have settled into the role of a headliner perfectly.
Now a trademark to his set, Sam opens with the words: “This tube is the gospel”, before the chaotic 2 minutes of single, Millennial, ensue. His journey epitomizes what is still great about the UK from the music scene, from playing acoustically in bars to filling historic venues with an entire band.
Sam’s ongoing headline tour preempts his first official EP with the title of his powerful and critically acclaimed track “Dead Boys”. His lyrics tackle serious and topical issues, a very unique route for a youthful songwriter to take. Play God poses questions of mass surveillance whilst Greasy Spoon depicts the pain of woman going through some form of torment.