Sam Fender cancels US tour dates to focus on mental health


Sam Fender performing at Newcastle's City Hall for the North East Homeless charity (Adam Hampton-Matthews for Live4ever)

Sam Fender performing at Newcastle’s City Hall for the North East Homeless charity (Adam Hampton-Matthews for Live4ever)

Sam Fender’s US commitments included an appearance at the Life Is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas.

Sam Fender has taken the decision to cancel his remaining tour dates in North America this year to take time out and focus on his mental health.

“It seems completely hypocritical of 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,” he wrote on social media.

“I’ve neglected myself for over a year now and haven’t dealt with things that have deeply affected me.”

“It’s impossible to do this work on myself while on the road, and it’s exhausting feigning happiness and wellness for the sake of business.”

“My friends and colleagues have been worried about me for a while and it’s not going to get better unless I take the time to do so.”


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