By Kieran Webber

The North Shields artist Sam Fender had a wild 2018 which saw him touring up and down the country, signing a record deal and walking away with his first BRIT award, as the Critics Choice for the year. As 2019 starts to settle the young artist has kicked it off with announcement of the single ‘Play God’ as well as a string of shows across the UK, including The Lemon Grove, Exeter.

Event page for the Exeter show here.

The latest single, originally released independently is a glaring reminder of Sams engaging songwriting. It flutters along a guitar line backed by alluring harmonies, it demands the listener’s attention with its political questioning.

Speaking about the song Sam says: Play God is set in an alternate dystopian reality that shares similarities with our own world. I wrote it a couple of years ago where there were a lot of big changes happening in both the UK and the States, I had just entered my twenties, I was anxious about the future of the world and its leaders, and it didn’t help that I’d just read George Orwell’s 1984 at the time. As you can imagine I was pretty paranoid!”

Listen to ‘Play God’ here:

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Full Tour Dates

25th February – Gorilla, Manchester SOLD OUT

28th February – Electric Brixton, London SOLD OUT

2nd May – Ritz, Manchester

3rd May – QMU, Glasgow

6th May – Shepherds Bush Empire, London

10th May – The Institute, Birmingham

12th May – Lemon Grove, Exeter

13th May – SWX, Bristol