The perennial quest to find the hottest new music starts every year in the Dutch town of Groningen; 2-hours outside Amsterdam at Eurosonic Noorderslag! Check out the bands who are going be the talk of the town in 2018 below...
Sam Fender – Newcastle’s next Indie Rockstar.
From the handful of singles released this year, it’s clear Sam Fender is an all-rounder. The high-quality guitar riff driven music coupled with his inciteful, topical and emotive lyricism results in captivating, top-notch Indie.
His not-so-secret-weapon, however, is his voice. It’s absolutely massive live and on record. Imagine Matt Corby as the lead singer of Catfish and The Bottlemen and you’ll be somewhere near Fender’s sound.
Fender comes from a family of talented musicians, he picked up the guitar when he was 10 and was writing songs when he was 14. Sam worked in a pub in Newcastle where he pulled pints and also played tunes to entertain the customers. In 2013 Owain Davies – Ben Howard’s manager saw him play here and knew Sam had something special.
Over the next couple of years, Fender landed solo tour support slots with Catfish and The Bottlemen, Ben Howard, Daughter, George Ezra, Hozier, Nick Mulvey, Willy Mason and Benjamin Francis Leftwich.
Sam Fender’s genuine talent as a performer was plain for all to see as a support act. This created a buzz about him and grew his fan base. 2017 has seen Sam release multiple singles to critical acclaim.
“Play God” has been streamed over 1 million times on Spotify and is a compulsory listen. Hit play right now:
“Greasy Spoon” is another fantastic tune. Get your ears on the song and eyes on the visuals here:
Where can I see him live?
Sam Fender is playing The Courtyard theatre this month as part of The Great Escape’s First Fifty festival. For tickets to this show and more from Sam Fender hit this link: ticketweb.co.uk/samfender