Sam Fender debuts new single ‘Play God’ and announces UK tour

Brits winner Sam is back on the road....

Sam Fender has unveiled his latest single ‘Play God, as well as announcing details of a UK tour for later this year.

The latest offering from the Brits Critics Choice Award winner sees him tackling the state of the world, while providing it with a dystopian twist. It’s a re-release for Fender, after ‘Play God’ was initially the singer’s debut single in 2017.

“Play God is set in an alternate dystopian reality that shares similarities with our own world,” explained Fender.


“I wrote it a couple of years ago where there were a lot of big changes happening in both the UK and the States, I had just entered my twenties, I was anxious about the future of the world and its leaders, and it didn’t help that I’d just read George Orwell’s 1984 at the time. As you can imagine, I was pretty paranoid!”

As well as the new single, Fender has also confirmed that he’ll hit the road once more in May. You can find the dates in full below and buy tickets here from 9AM on February 18.


    • 2 Ritz, Manchester
    • 3, QMU, Glasgow
    • 6, Shepherds Bush Empire, London
    • 10, The Institute, Birmingham
    • 12, Lemon Grove, Exeter
    • 13, SWX, Bristol

Fender is also confirmed to play at Neighbourhood Weekender on May 25-26, which is headlined by Richard Ashcroft and George Ezra.

The tour comes after Fender was announced as the winner of the Brits Critics Choice Award in December 2018 – following in the esteemed footsteps of Sam Smith, Florence & The Machine and Adele.


“I am truly humbled to win The BRITs Critics’ Choice Award,” said Fender. “Being nominated was crazy enough, never mind winning it. I’m so grateful to everyone back home for believing, and to my band and team for all their hard work. We’ve played literally hundreds of shows this year, and we’re going to go even harder in 2019.”