Sam Fender cancels shows to take care of his mental health

Sam Fender has canceled a number of upcoming shows and announced he was “taking time off on the road” to deal with his mental health, after admitting he was “exhausted” from touring.

The 28-year-old singer-songwriter from Newcastle posted the announcement on Instagram, saying it would be “completely hypocritical” of him to advocate for a discussion on the subject without looking out for his own mental well-being.

Apologizing to fans, he said he was canceling upcoming shows in the United States, performances with Florence and the Machine and his appearance at the Life is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas.

“My friends and colleagues have been worried about me for a while,” he explained.

A host of other artists were quick to respond with messages of support. Irish post-punk band Fontaines DC said, “Good man”, while Gwyneth Paltrow commented, “It’s beautiful. We love you. Take care of yourself.”

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

“It’s impossible to do this work on myself on the road, and it’s exhausting to fake happiness and well-being for the sake of business. My friends and colleagues have been worried about me for a while and that not going to improve if I don’t take the time to do so.”

The announcement came shortly after Fender announced a comeback gig at Newcastle United’s home stadium, St James’s Park, scheduled for June 9, 2023, in what he described as a “childhood dream come true”. .

Fender performed on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury in June. A month earlier, he won an Ivor Novello Award for Best Song, for the title track from his album Seventeen Going Under, and is currently shortlisted for the 2022 Mercury Prize.

In the UK, the charity Mind is available on 0300 123 3393 and Childline on 0800 1111. In the US, Mental Health America is available on 800-273-8255. In Australia, support is available from Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636, Lifeline on 13 11 14 and MensLine on 1300 789 978

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