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Sam Fender Review: NE Homeless Gig

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Sam Fender Review: NE Homeless Gig

Last night I was lucky enough to be at this exclusive ballot entry gig for Sam Fender at the O2 City Hall Newcastle courtesy of the AMG Press team. Read on for my Sam Fender Review.

Photo: © Photography by Adam Kennedy

This intimate show gave luckily selected fans the chance to see the singer-songwriter up-close-and-personal on the back of his sell-out arena tour. It is the first time that Sam Fender has ever performed at O2 City Hall Newcastle. A lucky set of 875 pairs of tickets went up for grabs for Virgin Media and O2 customers through a Priority prize draw, with all proceeds going direct to North East Homeless, a local charity in which Sam has recently been named a patron.

North East Homeless is a charity providing training, support – including food and emergency equipment – and employment for people who are experiencing homelessness or who have lived through such hardships.

I’m fortunate enought to be acquainted with Brian Burridge the founder of the charity and have followed them since learning of it. It is amazing how far it has come since Brian decided to set up a Facebook group called North East Homeless. The group brought the North East community together to donate items such as sleeping bags, food, clothing, all in support of Homeless people in the Newcastle City Centre. North East Homeless became bigger than Brian imagined, the community spirit inspired him to formalise NEH and apply for Charity status. Then, in November 2016, North East Homeless became a CIO with the vision and direction of supporting people who are or have experienced Homelessness and/or Poverty.

The charity has other celebrties such as Architect and TV Presenter George Clarke and Actress and Presenter Denise Welch to name a couple. Sam Fender has recently been added as a patron, and through his media presence and support is helping to bring this charity in to the foreground more than ever.

So onto the gig, and what a gig it was. The atmosphere was electric, buoyed by the now increased capacity as the venue now accomodates standing capacity. Just like a football match we had flags being flown around the venue too. As with every entrance by Sam Fender now his walkout song belted out ’Local Hero’ performed by the just as legendary Johnny ‘Blue Hat’ Davis on saxophone, the audience loved every second of it. Despite this football like atmosphere Sam later reminded us we’re here for the music.

Photo: © Photography by Adam Kennedy

Sam went on to shine throughout this set and played a selection of songs including ‘Get You Down’, ‘Spit of You’, ‘Play God’, ‘Saturday’, ‘Will We Talk?, ‘Dead Boys’ and ‘The Borders’ to name a few. Ending on i think most peoples favourites ’Seventeen going under’ and ‘Hypersonic Missiles’.

Photo: © Photography by Adam Kennedy

Brian Burridge – Founder of NE Homeless was presented with a cheque on stage for £133,725 and recieved chants of ’Hero’ from this thankful audience.

Sam can now add the O2 City Hall to venues he has performed at, and there was no better reason to do so than in aid of charity. This lucky audience had a fabulous night and were left to sing all the way home!

For more information on the charity please see below:

North East Homless Contact Details


3a3, Northumberland St
North Shields
Tyne and Wear
NE30 1DS




Read more news about what’s on at O2 City Hall here. Thanks for reading my sam fender review. Read other reviews here. Also read the O2 press release regarding the gig here.

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