Ed Miliband comes out as Sam Fender fanboy after Glastonbury ‘madcap dash’

The former Labour leader sprinted across Glastonbury with kids in tow to catch Sam Fender’s set
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Former Labour leader Ed Miliband admitted to being a huge fan of Sam Fender as he attended Glastonbury over the weekend.

The MP was speaking at the Green Futures Speakers Forum on Saturday but made the most of the weekend by sticking around to see some music.

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The North Shields singer was at the top of Miliband's list as the politician admitted he led his family on a frenzied 'madcap dash' to catch the star.

Speaking to JOE at the festival, Miliband said: "I caught a bit of Sam Fender last night, which I was very keen to see.

"I had my family with me and was on a madcap dash to get there... children leave school and trying to get there.

"We got to the end of Sam Fender."

Miliband added that Fender "had more people than me actually" but joked that he "was not jealous".

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The clip prompted a wave of positive comments online as fans who share a love for the Geordie's endearing hits complimented the MP on his music taste.

One TikTok user wrote: "He was Labour leader too soon - can he have another go?"

Another said: "Miliband should be Labour leader right now."

However, some were left cringing at the interview, unable to picture the politician partying to 'Seventeen Going Under'.

One person said: "It just doesn't sound right.

"He's more open to enjoy Sam Fender, but I would've put him as a classical chap."

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The singer played his first Glastonbury on Friday night, taking to the Pyramid Stage just one slot off headliner Billie Eilish.

Fender earnt rave reviews for his hour-long set which featured hits from both his debut album and last year's critically-acclaimed sophomore follow-up.

The star also paid homage to his North Eastern roots, wheeling out a piano with a Newcastle United flag and swigging from a bottle of Newcastle Brown Ale halfway through the performance.

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