NewcastleWorld’s 12 days of Christmas: Day eight sees this musician put North Shields on the map

It’s day EIGHT of our NewcastleWorld 12 days of Christmas - and this time it’s a Geordie chart-topping gem.
Who could it be? We’ll give you a clue... he’s a chart-topping, black and white wearing guitar hero.Who could it be? We’ll give you a clue... he’s a chart-topping, black and white wearing guitar hero.
Who could it be? We’ll give you a clue... he’s a chart-topping, black and white wearing guitar hero.

Day eight of NewcastleWorld’s 12 Days of Christmas appreciates a chart-topping lad with a love for Newcastle United and the Geordie way of life.

Local hero and proud Geordie boy Sam Fender has stormed the UK Charts with two chart-topping albums in the past three years, Hypersonic Missiles and Seventeen Going Under.

British singer-songwriter Sam Fender poses on the red carpet on arrival for the BRIT Awards 2020 in London on February 18, 2020. British singer-songwriter Sam Fender poses on the red carpet on arrival for the BRIT Awards 2020 in London on February 18, 2020.
British singer-songwriter Sam Fender poses on the red carpet on arrival for the BRIT Awards 2020 in London on February 18, 2020.
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Fender is at home with his roots, using the North Shields area in his music videos for latest album, Seventeen Going Under.

His newest release kick-started his latest tour, delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Fender opened the tour with a hometown show at the Utilita Arena in Newcastle.

Representing the city he loves at the sell-out gig, Fender paired up with Wor Flags, flying the flags of Newcastle United high as the band covered Mark Knopfler’s track, Local Hero, a track synonymous with matchday on the Tyneside.

His tour stretched across the country, visiting London, Leeds and Cardiff.

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The 27-year-old has utilised his Jeff Buckley and Bruce Springsteen influences and provided some fantastic homegrown music.

More recently, the Get You Down and Hypersonic Missiles singer hosted a BBC documentary on his own hero, late Lindisfarne frontman, Alan Hull.

Speaking in the documentary, Fender said: “I don’t really know a lot about him and I probably should.”

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