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Sam Fender Celebrates Victory With Gregg’s-Filled Party Bus



Sam Fender was looking dapper as ever he hit the red carpet at the Brit Awards on Tuesday evening in London. Sam and co were nominated for a whopping three awards against big names in the industry such as Adele, Dua Lipa and Little Simz.

The Geordie lads looked absolutely ecstatic as they took home the trophy for Best Rock/Alternative act, this award was based purely on fan votes via TikTok. The North-Shields singer sadly lost out to his two other nominations with stiff competition from Adele who bagged the awards instead.

This year, Best Male and Best Female awards were scrapped to be more gender inclusive, now just represented by one, Best Artist award. Many have argued if there was still a Best Male category, Sam would have walked away with two Brits.

However, the true star of the show was saxophone player Johnny Blue Hat, who represented the Toon in style by wearing a vintage Newcastle top for the whole occasion. During his acceptance speech, Sam gave shout outs to the fans who voted, his manager Owain and everyone back in the North-East, including beloved charity North-East Homeless.

Fender also got a big helping hand from Greggs for his Brits celebrations as he revealed the bakers had sorted him out with some pasties or his party. He was interviewed on the Brits red carpet for ITV2 and it was then that he told host Clara Amfo of his plans for after the ceremony. During the interview, Clara asked Sam if the party bus was making a return for 2022, to which he confirmed it was, before adding: “Greggs have sorted us out with load of pasties again…so it’s going to be full of carbs!”

In 2019, after winning the Critics Choice award, Sam travelled around London in style in a party bus. Him and pal Radio 1 presenter Greg James were seen partying in Alan Shearer and Sting masks. Classic.

Our thoughts are with a very hungover group of lads this morning. At least you’ll have plenty Gregg’s to get through though boys.


Sunday for Sammy Concert Cancelled For 2023 Due To Cost of Living



A popular charity concert will not be held in 2023 due to the cost of living crisis.

Sunday for Sammy, which is held in memory of North East actor Sammy Johnson, is a biennial event aimed at benefitting young performers.

The long-running event has featured the likes of Joe McElderry, Johnny Vegas, Brenda Blethyn, Denise Welch, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson and Mark Knopfler, Jill Halfpenny and Ant and Dec.

Tim Healy, who hosts Sunday for Sammy, said: “We’ve had lots of enquiries over the recent months asking when the next Sunday for Sammy will take place.

“We are very much aware at the moment that people are struggling with day-to-day living costs and are watching their pennies. Everything is becoming more and more expensive and that includes the cost of putting on a show the size of ours.”

He added: “We can’t in good conscious put on a show that we aren’t sure people can afford to be tickets for. It would be wrong to risk your money you have generously given us.

“So sadly we have decided that there won’t be a show in 2023. We’re going to wait until the time is right.”

Often dubbed The Geordie Command Performance, the shows, which have been running for more than 20 years, are held in memory of Geordie actor Sammy Johnson, who died in 1999.

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Former Health Secretary, Matt Hancock to enter I’m a Celebrity!



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News had not long broke that ex Health secretary Matt Hancock was to enter the jungle in I’m a celerity that he has had his Tory Whip suspended.


Matt Hancock is expected to be added as a surprise final addition to the line-up of celebrities who will travel to Australia as part of the reality TV show this year.


Asked about Matt Hancock appearance, Rishi Sunak’s official spokesman said: “The PM believes that at a challenging time for the country MPs should be working hard for their constituents, whether that is in the House or in their constituency.” The spokesman said it was “unlikely” Mr Sunak would be watching the programme.


Simon Hart, the chief whip, confirmed that Mr Hancock would have the whip removed – “Following a conversation with Matt Hancock, I have considered the situation and believe this is a matter serious enough to warrant suspension of the whip with immediate effect.”


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Sam Fender: How Much Are Tickets?



Sam Fender has delighted fans by announcing a huge stadium show at Newcastle’s St. James’ Park. The North Shields singer will play at the home of Newcastle United on June 9, 2023 and fans can sign up for pre sale tickets now.

The 28-year-old singer will follow in the footsteps of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, for his performance and becomes the first Geordie musician to headline the iconic stadium.

It’s been a huge 2022 so far for the ‘Hypersonic Missiles’ singer, picking up BRIT, NME, and Ivor Novello Awards, and a first nomination for the prestigious Mercury Prize next week, for his second album, the critically acclaimed number one album, ‘Seventeen Going Under’.

Tickets for the huge stadium show go on general sale at 10am on Friday, September 9 via Ticketmaster and See Tickets. Pre-sale goes live at 10am on Wednesday, September 7.

But how much are tickets? Pitch standing tickets are £57.50 (plus fees) and seating tickets start from £47.50 (plus fees).

Speaking of the show, Sam Fender said: “Ever since I started this band, I always used to joke with the boys that one day we might play St James’ Park in Newcastle.

“It’s a childhood dream come true, and we’re actually gonna play it on the 9th June. This is literally gonna be the biggest show we’ve ever done – our first stadium show, which is so weird to say! I can’t wait, it’s gonna be absolutely lush and I hope to see yas all there.”

Support for the show will come from Inhaler and Holly Humberstone.

Will you be trying to bag tickets? Do you think they are a reasonable price?

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