Sam Fender, who has won two Brit awards posted a statement on Twitter to announce that he was going to “take some time off the road” because both he and his band are “burnt out”.
Fender said: “I am eternally overwhelmed by the love and support of our fans and I hate to let you down but the state of my wellbeing is starting to affect everything I do.”
Fender, who is known for hits including “Seventeen going under” and “hypersonic missiles”, which both placed at number 1 in the UK charts, was also due to appear at the Life is Beautiful festival and tour the United States, however, these appearances will now be cancelled.
Concluding his statement, Fender said he refuses to “go out there and not give it my all every time, as you all deserve nothing else” and expressed his gratitude to his “awesome fan base”.
Since announcing his break from touring, Fender has received messages of support on social media, including from fellow bands and singers.
The Amazons commented on Fender’s Instagram post saying: “This is an incredibly brave decision to take mate. The pressure to push through for the team and the fans is soo real. Thankful to you for taking the decision and hoping other artists feel like they can do too.”
Irish punk-rockers Fontaines D.C wrote: “Good man.”
Fender has upcoming tour dates in Australia and the UK in 2023, including a gig in Newcastle – where Fender grew up – which sold out within minutes of tickets going live.
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