Sam Fender cancels upcoming gigs over mental health concerns

The North East megastar posted a statement to Instagram.

Sam Fender posted a lengthy statement to his Instagram account, to announce that he will be cancelling upcoming shows in order to take care of his mental health.

He began the post by writing: “It seems hypocritical for me to advocate discussion on mental health and write songs about it if I don’t take the time to look after my own mental health.”

Sam Fender playing at Victorious Festival, Southsea on Sunday 28th August 2022. Picture: Habibur Rahman

He then went on to explain that he has been struggling with his mental health for over a year, and that his friends and colleagues are concerned.

He also explained that the state of his wellbeing has affected his performance, which Sam prides himself on. He said: “I refuse to go out there and not give it my all EVERY time, as you all deserve nothing less.”


The shows Sam will be cancelling are three headline shows in the US, Florence and The Machine’s tour in the US of which he was a support act, the Life is Beautiful festival and UK record store shows.

He explained that he is super excited to be back performing in November - where he will be playing to Australian fans.

He also expressed excitement for 2023, especially for his two headline shows at St James’ Park in Newcastle - the football ground of his beloved NUFC.

Sam ended the message with a thank you to his fans “for always sticking by” him and the band, alongside a red heart emoji.

Comments on the post included both fans and other celebrities showing their support.

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow wrote: “This is beautiful. We *heart emoji” you. Look after yourself.” While singer Becky Hill wrote: “sam! head to ur dms i got something that will help, this summer has taken it out of us all & ur not alone although that never makes it feel any less lonely. sending love.”


Other North East famous faces such as Denise Welch, Scarlett Moffatt, and the True Geordie all sent support to Sam.