Sam Fender, Brooke Bentham: Mountford Hall, Liverpool Guild of Students, Liverpool

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Sam Fender

Sam Fender produced an exceptional spectacle on Friday night at Liverpool Guild of Students, with Getintothis’ Amos Wynn there to see the Geordie work his magic.

The last 12 months has seen North Shields singer, Sam Fender, go from strength to strength.

From playing the Shipping Forecast this time last year, the 25-year-old is now selling out shows up and down the country in much bigger venues.

2020 will see him go up yet another level as he prepares to support both Kasabian and the Killers, as well as gearing up for some headline arena dates.

This rise is down to nothing more than hard work and sheer song writing talent, with his debut album, Hypersonic Missiles, demonstrating his lyrical brilliance.

The topics he covers take a lot of courage, and makes him the honest and strong voice the young generation need in their lives.

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The Mountford Hall set got off to a flying start with Will We Talk.

This North East anthem set the tone for a powerful night of music from Fender, with the crowd instantly under his control and in full voice.

With exceptional vocals, to convey the passion and emotion of his lyrics, the 25-year-old showed why he’s so hotly talked about.

The range of different sounds in his songs adds another level, with the saxophone recovering a massive cheer.

One of his most powerful songs is Dead Boys, which had everyone singing along.

The deeply moving and important track highlights Fender’s brilliance and makes him a true spokesman of the people.

To write such bittersweet and deep lyrics emphasises the talent he has.

The energy in the room was maintained with the quick witted Spice, which featured pictures of Donald Trump and Boris Johnson as monsters in the background.

That was followed by the superb sounding Saturday, which once again had a sold out Mountford Hall singing their hearts out.

The stand out song of the evening was Hypersonic Missiles, which had the entire room bouncing, before he showed the range of his talents with the acoustic slow paced Leave Fast.

Things ended on an energetic high with That Sound, before a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark.

Supporting Fender was Brooke Bentham, who attracted a decent sized crowd for her set.

The London singer provided strong vocals in a solid set.

Things certainly finished on a high, with the two final songs providing the highest amount of energy of the entire set, leaving the crowd well and truly ready for the main act.

Overall nothing could match Fender’s performance, with a superb set full of passion and power.

The only way is up for the North East singer, with 2019 just being the start.

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