Sam Fender cancels shows to focus on mental health
Musician Sam Fender has announced online that he will be taking a short break from touring to focus on his mental health.
The singer said he and his band were “burnt out.”
He said his upcoming US headlines shows as well as gigs with Florence and the Machine and the Life Is Beautiful Festival are all cancelled.
His rescheduled appearances at UK record stores are also affected. But he said he was excited for Australia in late November and “everything to come in 2023.”
“It seems completely hypocritical of me to advocate discussion on mental health and write songs about it, if I don’t take the time to look after my own mental health,” his statement read.
“I’ve neglected myself for over a year now and haven’t dealt with things that have deeply affected me.
“It’s impossible to do this work on myself while on the road, and it’s exhausting feigning happiness and wellness for the sake of business.”