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Everything You Need to Know About Sam Fender at St James' Park in Newcastle

Sam Fender
What's on
June 2023
Reading time 3 Minutes

It's not long 'til Sam Fender will be performing his homecoming shows

If you were lucky enough to grab tickets to Sam Fender's sold-out shows on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th June at St James' Park in Newcastle, here's everything you need to know.
Sam Fender Credit: Charlotte Patmore

How To Get There

While extra bus and Metro services will be running, customers are being advised to plan their journeys in advance and allow extra time to travel while Sam is performing in Newcastle, as P!nk is also performing in Sunderland on Saturday 10th June. Fans leaving the Sam Fender concert will be able to use a combination of Metro and bus services extended beyond midnight to get home. Special one-day pre-paid tickets will be available to buy from all Metro ticket stations until the date of the shows.

Anyone travelling on National Rail trains at Newcastle may need to walk from the Neville Street entrance to the stadium, which will take around 10 minutes. Big Green Coach is the official ticket and carbon neutral coach travel partner for this gig with return coaches available from Chester-le-Street, Darlington, Durham, Hartlepool, Hull, Leeds, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Sunderland and York. Normal bus services will be running, Go North East will be running additional buses on Saturday, and Eldon Square and Haymarket bus stations are within walking distance of St James’ Park.

Although there is a small multi storey car park close to the stadium, this will get very busy very quickly. Newcastle City Council runs 61 car parks across the city. The council have confirmed the multi storey car parks at Dean Street, Eldon Garden, Eldon Square, Grainger Town, Manors and Oxford will open at their usual times on Friday 9th June but will then remain open until their usual closing times on Monday 12th June.

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The Show

Newcastle West End Foodbank are partnering with Sam’s Newcastle shows and will be collecting donations outside the ground between 3pm and 5pm on both days.

 Gates will open at 4pm and Sam’s support acts will be performing from around 7.30pm, while he will be taking to the stage at the stadium from 9pm (although these timings are subject to change). Sam’s support acts for the Friday show are rock band Inhaler, Lincolnshire singer Holly Humberstone and North Shields’ own Hector Gannet. On Saturday the lineup is Holly, rock band Wunderhorse and Newcastle-based Ernie.

Around 55,000 people will be in the stadium to see the Brit Award-winner each night. He’ll perform hits from both Hypersonic Missiles and Seventeen Going Under, and these shows will make him the first Geordie musician in history to headline at St James’ Park.

St James' Park is not allowing concert-goers to bring their own food and drink into the ground, which includes bringing in bottles and glasses. Security officers will be carrying out searches of bags. Merchandise on sale will include T-shirts, hoodies, posters and tote bags.

Read More: Sam Fender on His Love for the North

Missed out on tickets?

Taking place across Friday 9th June and Saturday 10th June, Fenders Unplugged will take over Greggs’ Grainger Street shop in the heart of Newcastle City Centre, transforming it into an immersive dive bar experience. Sadly the limited tickets for these performances sold out within an hour of release on Monday 5th June.

Fortunately, tickets still remain for some of the Sam Fender after parties taking place across the city on 10th June including at World HQ near Grainger Market and at NX Newcastle (formerly known as the O2 Academy). Sam will next perform on Saturday 8th July at TRNSMT in Glasgow, and day tickets are still available to purchase online.

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