Sam Fender will, together with his band, play on numerous festivals in the summer of 2019. We discuss his highlights for the upcoming season in his Festival Resumé. What type of music does he dance to until midnight? Which colleagues will he be checking out at the festivals?

Who is Sam Fender?

  • Born in North Shield, UK on the 25th of april 1994
  • Was working in a pub for three years until his musical career finally took off
  • His greatest hits to date are called ‘Play God’ and ‘Dead Boys’
  • Will play at – amongst others – Pinkpop, Glastonbury, Down The Rabbit Hole, All Points East and Bergen Fest
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    “Basically, I will bring 30 or 45 minutes of the best songs that I’ve got. It will probably be me playing all of the singles that I have put out so far. I haven’t really given it much thought yet, about what I will be performing live. But I can already tell you that I will be playing some songs from the new album at Down The Rabbit Hole and Pinkpop, even though the album won’t be out yet by the time I play at those festivals. One thing I can guarantee, is that you’ll be hearing a new track called ‘The Borders’ during my festival-shows.”

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    “My favourite track is either ‘The Borders’ or ‘Hypersonic Missiles’. I love playing ‘Hypersonic Missiles’ in particular, because when I wrote it, I really felt like I had found myself as an artist. I felt like: ‘This is what I want to be, and this is what I want to sound like.'”

    “You could say that when I wrote ‘Hypersonic Missiles’, I felt like I had found my own musical identity. The weird thing is that ‘Hypersonic Missiles’ always gets the audience going when I play it. Even though it is the latest single that I have released, I can still see people singing along to it. That surprises me every time, especially because the song is still relatively new.”

    “I would describe my musical identity as big, bombastic, dramatic, theatrical rock and roll haha! But I can also be really serene when it’s just me and my guitar. It’s actually surprisingly easy to do for me, because I’m a singer-songwriter after all. Singer-songwriters come alive when they strip themselves down on stage up to the point to when it’s just them and their guitars. But again, for me the sound that I want to chase after with a band is definitely the sound that you can hear on ‘Hypersonic Missiles’.”

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    “The Dutch people are always very nice to me. I always find it funny how tall they all are too. My height is considered tall in the UK, but in The Netherlands I’m actually quite small.”

    “We had an amazing time at Lowlands in 2018. We played one of the best shows that we have ever played, and I actually overcame my fear of rollercoasters there. Because for some reason I decided that I needed to get into the scariest rollercoaster that they had after our show. It was literally one of the best days of my life.”

    “It’s also a great privilege to be playing at the 50th anniversary of Pinkpop festival. I’m really honored and excited to be playing there for the first time while it’s the 50th anniversary of one of the oldest running festivals in the world.”

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    “A regular show is different from a festival-show. Festival-shows are shorter, and you get to play for new fans. When you play at a regular show you know that the room will be packed with fans who are already into you. But when you play at a festival you need to win the crowd over, and I like that challenge. As a band we thrive when we are the underdogs.”

    “When we play at a festival we need to win people over. I like that aspect of playing festivals, because it keeps us on our toes. It makes sure that we don’t just sit there and wait until the people come to us. When the people crown us as champions so to speak, that’s when we are at our best.”

    “Last year in particular was very hard for us in that way, but now that we’re climbing the charts in the UK we realize that we’re winning the crowd over in our favor. I especially like it when people say that guitar music is dead, because we get the chance to prove the opposite.”

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    “When I’m at a festival I dance to mainly house myself. I just love the minimal change in the beats, but also the steadiness of it.”

    “You know that ‘boom boom clap’ with a little bit of hihat in between. I just love to listen to that type of stuff when I am absolutely shit-faced haha!”

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    “I’d love to see The Cure this summer, because I have never seen them before. And let’s face it: Robert Smith is just an absolute legend.”

    “I’m also seeing Neil Young and Bob Dylan because I’m doing their support this summer. Phoebe Bridges, Big Thief and Billie Eilish are up there for me too. I’m especially looking forward to seeing Billie Eilish, because I want to know if she can live up to the expectation.”

    “If I needed to choose one artist that I would like to see who isn’t necessarily playing festivals, then I would choose Bruce Springsteen. That man is my absolute hero. I would like to see Joni Mitchell one day too, but she’s not feeling to well lately. Which is a shame, because she also has a special place in my heart.”

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    Indoor or outdoor stage?

    “Definitely an outdoor stage! I haven’t been playing at lots of outdoor stages yet, but it is the best way to reach the biggest number of people so I like that aspect of it.”

    “I have been playing lots of indoor stages until now, which is great, but I want to play the biggest gigs that I can. So it’s always outdoor stages over indoor stages for me.”

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