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Sam Fender To Give Another Brit Award to Low Lights Tavern in North Shields



North Shields legend Sam Fender may be making waves in music around the world but he’s never forgotten his roots.

And when he’s not travelling the world, he and his band enjoy popping in for a few pints in their local pub the Low Lights Tavern.

The ‘Seventeen Going Under’ star already has one Brit under his belt, having been chosen as the recipient of the Critics Choice award back in 2019. But this year, the alternative musician is up for three awards at this year’s Brit Awards with the public voting for one of them.

He’s up for Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Best Rock/Alternative this year – the winner of the latter is chosen by the public. Users of TikTok will be able to cast up to ten votes per category, per day, with vote limits resetting at midnight GMT every night for the duration of the voting window.

Sam took to Instagram to try get fans behind him. It was in this video that he promised to put the Brit on display at his beloved Low Lights Tavern should he win.

Explaining how the Brits public vote works this year, he said: “I’ve been nominated for a Brit Award, well for three; but there’s one that’s fan voted and it’s voted for on TikTok.

“So, if you can, you can vote for us 10 times a day if you’re that much of a legend.

“So I can have another Brit Award and put it on the pub and turn it into a bar bump again.”

Sam already gave the North Shields pub his first Brit to make into a beer pump. Cameron Boyd, who owns the Low Lights with Danny Higney, said the whole community is behind him.

“Everybody loves to see him doing well, all the local people are behind him, he’s got the whole of North Shields behind him.

“He’s proud of where he comes from, he’s not a Newcastle lad, he’s a North Shields lad and he’s so supportive of the little town he’s come from. It’s really important to him.”

Sam released his second studio album ‘Seventeen Going Under’ in October last year. This followed his debut release ‘Hypersonic Missiles’ back in 2019.

You can vote for Sam via the social vote here!

Be quick though, as voting closes in just eight days time at 6pm GMT Thursday February 3.

The winners will be revealed at the Brit Awards ceremony on Tuesday February 8 at The O2 arena, which will be broadcast on ITV.

Good luck Sam! The North-East are all behind you!


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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