Sam Ryder

Sam Ryder is an English singer and songwriter who began his career in the hard rock and metal circuits, fronting groups like the Morning After and Blessed by a Broken Heart before starting a solo career as a pop artist. Wielding his versatile and dynamic vocal range, he parlayed an unexpected bout of viral success into a major-label deal and debuted in early 2021 with powerful pop-driven singles like "Whirlwind" and "More." They were included on his first EP, The Sun's Gonna Rise, before the end of the year.

In 2020, as the world went into lockdown, Sam Ryder uploaded the fi rst of his now infamous covers. They quickly caught the attention of some famous fans (think Justin Bieber, Sia, Alicia Keys and Elton John) – with compilations of his videos appearing on The Ellen Show, BBC’s Newsbeat and more. As the videos kept coming, so did the fans – with his socials standing at over 10 million followers to date and hundreds of thousands of comments. Fast forward a year and Sam Ryder stands with 17M social followers and is in the running to be crowned as Tik Tok’s most popular UK artist account for the second year in a row. This would be no mean feat should it happen, especially with Ed Sheeran in full campaign mode and a favourite to take this crown. So what has changed for Sam Ryder in 2021 ? Quite a lot as it happens.... A 5 song EP ‘The Sun’s Gonna Rise’ rolled out a track at a time, amassing some 45 million streams globally. First up was Whirlwind’ – how else could you begin to describe the journey that Sam has been on over the past year? He has spent much of his adult life touring, writing and performing in bands, lived in Hawaii for a while and even owned a vegan co ff ee shop before closing it down and deciding the time was right to pursue his dream of becoming a solo artist. The culmination of the EP campaign was the release of More, a song that touched the hearts of almost all who heard it. With the powerful chorus stating “All anyone wants is more time, more life, more healing” fans were often able to connect that sentiment to their own lives with 1,000s of stories emerging on line of a song that comforted those who were sick, had relatives who were unwell or who were simply sick of being separated from their loved ones. Then came the fi st foray into the world of live shows for Sam Ryder the solo artist. First o ff just moments after the restrictions on venues lifted Sam performed a free show as a thank you to the fans that had joined him in the preceding year, at Dalston Roof Park. The predicted thunderstorms stayed away, the fans didn’t and they came out in their droves. But did that mean Sam would sell tickets? Yes he would. A subsequent first paid ticketed event at London’s Courtyard Theatre in October sold out in under ten minutes, this was followed by the announcement of Sam’s fi rst ever full UK tour for January 2022. The whole tour sold out so quickly that a second London show at Lafayette went on sale, only to sell out again meaning a third now sold out show was announced. So if 2020 was about lockdown and 2021 was about the beginnings of releasing original solo material and playing those songs live, what does that mean for 2022? Well with tickets for Sam’s fi rst jaunt around Europe flying out the door and a new song being teased on Sam’s Tik Tok causing quite a stir, plus a whole raft of collaborations in discussion it seems that world domination might not be a stretch too far for this incredible talent.

Performance Dates & Venues

Ulster Hall

Belfast

028 9032 3900

Friday 17th Mar 2023 7:00pm

Standard Prices from: £26.50

Manchester Academy

Manchester

0161 275 2930

Tuesday 21st Mar 2023 7:00pm

Barrowland Ballroom

Glasgow

0141 552 4601

Wednesday 22nd Mar 2023 7:00pm

Standard Prices from: £19.00

O2 City Hall Newcastle

Newcastle upon Tyne

0191 260 2020

Thursday 23rd Mar 2023 6:30pm

O2 Academy Liverpool

Liverpool

0151 707 3200

Saturday 25th Mar 2023 7:00pm

O2 Academy Leeds

Leeds

0113 389 1555

Sunday 26th Mar 2023 7:00pm

O2 Academy Birmingham

Birmingham

0844 477 2000

Tuesday 28th Mar 2023 7:00pm

Standard Prices from: £22.50

Cambridge Corn Exchange

Cambridge

01223 357851

Wednesday 29th Mar 2023 7:00pm

Eventim Hammersmith Apollo

London

Thursday 30th Mar 2023 7:00pm

Cardiff University

Cardiff

07806 875983

Saturday 1st Apr 2023 7:00pm

O2 Academy Bristol

Bristol

0844 477 2000

Sunday 2nd Apr 2023 7:00pm

O2 Academy Bournemouth

Bournemouth

01202 399922

Tuesday 4th Apr 2023 7:00pm

Brighton Dome

Brighton

Wednesday 5th Apr 2023 7:00pm

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