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.”

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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.”

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