We Review Sam Fender in Manchester, what happened?

Sam Fender is an artist that requires no introduction having taken the UK and beyond by storm over the past couple of years.

Following a career defining moment gaining a peak slot on Glastonbury’s pyramid stage a couple of weeks ago, there seems to be no limit to the boy from Newcastle who has garnered a massive following, as it would appear that half of Manchester had descended on a rainy Castlefield bowl on Tuesday evening.

The Rain certainly did not dampen spirits, ponchos, pint pots and more bizarrely a large cardboard cut-out of the man himself, was passed around the ground, with the latter succumbing to a watery grave in the photography pit as soon as Fender made his triumphant entrance. Fender kicked off his set with ‘Will We Talk?’ from his 2016 debut album ‘Hypersonic Missiles’.

The beginning of ‘Howdown Aldi Death Queue’ had listeners ecstatic- a punk rock anthem written during Covid about the struggles of pandemic life. A witty and incredibly written tune.

Fender closed the end to his arena tour with fan favourite ‘Hypersonic Missiles’ the perfect closure to his set, relevant to the ongoing political struggle we face, this could not have come at a better time.

A truly legendary northern indie rock artist in the making.

Fender has a busy summer ahead, playing a whole host of prestigious festivals in the UK and beyond including Tramlines, TRNSMT and Mad Cool Festival before embarking on a tour of North America in August.

Words and Photo Credit Helen Millington