Sam Fender appears on BBC Breakfast with raging hangover after Newcastle club sale

By Emma Wilson

Sam Fender was hailed a hero for appearing on BBC Breakfast on Friday morning while nursing a raging hangover.

The 27-year-old rocker was recovering from epic double celebrations in Newcastle, as he geared up for the release of his second album Seventeen Going Under, as well as the sale of his beloved Newcastle United Football Club.

Sam joined fans at St James’ Park on Thursday night to celebrate the departure of controversial businessman Mike Ashley from the club, after a Saudi Arabian-backed conglomerate took over control in a £300 million deal.

However, the Hypersonic Missiles hitmaker indulged in a few too many Newcastle Brown Ales as he partied with thousands of fans at the football ground, and his hangover was all too obvious during an early morning appearance on BBC Breakfast.

Sam Fender confessed he was struggling during the interview (BBC)

Still wearing the Newcastle United tracksuit he'd partied in the night before, Sam revealed to hosts Charlie Stayt and Nina Warhust he had a busy night, and was still recovering.

“We did Jools Holland then went straight to St James' and my saxophone player, Johnny, got on the statue and started playing local hero,” the 28-year-old explained.

"Five thousand Geordies started singing along because Ashley's out. I did about a thousand selfies, got proper mobbed but everyone was absolutely class and they gave us a lot of cans and I'm hungover.

Sam was still wearing the clothes he had on from the night before (BBC)

“I'm really really hungover. These things happen don't they?” he added.

Viewers were impressed with his heroic efforts to carry on with an interview despite being hungover, and took to Twitter to show their support for the bleary-eyed rocker.

“Thoughts and prayers to Sam Fender who, after the NUFC takeover, spent the night caning it in the Strawberry before his big BBC interview on today’s album launch. The most authentically Geordie hangover I can possibly imagine,” one wrote.

Sam shared clips from the celebrations in his home town on Thursday night (Copyright unknown)
The rocker staged an impromptu gig outside St James' Park (Copyright unknown)

“Someone get Sam Fender a Lucozade and a bacon roll,” another added, as one suggested Sam had drank enough Newcastle Brown Ale “to sink a ship”.

He also had support from some telly faves Ant and Dec, who shared a screenshot of Sam on the BBC Breakfast sofa.

“Brilliant!! Good lad. @samfendermusic On the telly in his Toon tracksuit,” they wrote.

Sam even warned his Instagram followers on Thursday night he would be hungover during his interview, but said it would be "worth it".

Viewers suggested some useful hangover remedies to help the poor rocker (BBC)

Powering through his hangover, Sam continued the interview, and was asked by host Nina if the takeover was a “massive deal” for the football club, which prompted the rocker to joke he felt like he “was on talkSPORT”.

“Yeah, it’s obviously quite a contentious situation. I’m just really happy for the fans, and I’m happy for the city, and I’m happy for what might come of it - economically for the players and for my town,” Sam explained.

“It kinda feels like it’s a bittersweet moment. We’re chuffed, but there’s a lot of stuff in question that we probably need some transparency on in the future,” he added, referring to the allegations of human rights abuses in the country.


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