Live review: Sam Fender @ Electrowerkz, London (01/03/2018)
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Sam Fender released his first official track only less than nine months ago but at the young age of 21 he is quite an experienced live performer. After touring the country opening for several artists including George Ezra and Jake Bugg, Fender has now embarked on his first headline tour which opened with a sold out show in Manchester on February 23rd and that will culminate with a final show - in Utrecth in The Netherlands - at the end of April. About a hundred people arrive early enough at London's Electrowerkz to enjoy a sweet opening set offered by Manchester based up and coming songwriter Dave C. Rupert. The atmosphere is rather mellow with Rupert singing along to some introspective lyrics accompanied by his acoustic guitar and surrounded by amber green lights. Heads are bopping but nobody appears too captured or convinced by the end of it. As soon as he steps off stage, every head in the room runs off to the bar to recharge on booze and a smoke, impatiently waiting for the spectacular set that will be delivered by the headliner, Sam Fender, 30 minutes later. Fender takes the stage unexpectedly, facing a room full of people of all ages who have braved the "beast from the east" blizzard to be at his biggest London show to date. It seems clear that a few record men are in the audience tonight. Shortly after some encouraging cheering the crowd falls immediately to a stone cold silence before Fender's powerful vocals fill the room to a sharp "this song is the gospel!". The crowd's reticence is shattered as two electric guitar riffs open the dance. He starts off with one of his hits 'Millennial' to then immediately carry onto new songs like 'Blue Monday' and 'Hold Out' to warm up his crowd.
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