2019 was the biggest and best year for the young guitarist from North Shields, all topped off by what would have been a monumental four-date sell out residency at Newcastle’s O2 Academy at the end of the year.
But that didn’t materialise, with the toll of a non-stop 12 months seeing Fender having to reschedule the second leg of his residency not once but twice. But with a fit bill of health, Fender was ready to wow audiences once again and the two post postponements certainly didn’t put the crowd off as the Academy was full to the rafters to see one of their own.
Fender had the capacity crowd in the palm of his hand right from the infectious opening riff of ‘Will We Talk?’, before taking it all the way back to the beginning with ‘Millennial’ and ‘Greasy Spoon’ which still hold up well over 3 years on.
The cheeky Geordie isn’t one for mincing his words when it comes to addressing his audience, taking his recent setbacks as a “silver lining” to allow him and his band of brothers to perform the new single ‘Hold Out’ which does well to describe a typical night out on the Toon.
‘Spice’ took the intensity up to fever pitch, with the grunge-infused effort opening up mosh pits here, there and everywhere. Fender didn’t help his efforts to headline St James’ Park in the future by getting the passionate crowd riled up by Mike Ashley, but certainly made it up for it, closing the main set with the seminal ‘Play God’ and ‘Hypersonic Missiles’ which continues to get better with every performance.