Sam Fender says the ‘young hero’ saved him from the tent fire at Leeds Festival as he announces headline spot

Sam Fender has just been announced as one of the headliners for the Reading and Leeds Festival (9th December).

While sharing the news on his Instagram page, the North Shields artist recalled a story from when he was a punter at Leeds Festival 10 years ago.

During his time at the festival, Fender recounted how he was apparently saved from a tent fire by a “young hero from Sheffield” who urinated on the flames to douse them.

“Little did he know he had just saved Reading and Leeds headlining 2023,” Fender joked.

Announcing the news along with a picture of the official line-up, Fender wrote: “I first went to Leeds Festival 10 years ago as a teenager, me and Deano [childhood friend and guitarist] spent all week throwing hot dogs from a gazebo pole at random crowds of boys singing ‘Yorkshire Yorkshire’.

“One night I was cold in my tent because I stole a bottle of vodka from Eagles of Death Metal, my tent was set on fire – a young hero from Sheffield pissed the fire out to save me,” he recalled.

“Luckily I didn’t perish in the flames because of this boy whose name I can’t remember, he didn’t know he had just saved Reading and Leeds headlining for 2023. I’ll see you at the front.”

Alongside Fender’s announcement, a number of headliners for the 2023 festival were unveiled on Friday (December 9), including big acts like Billie Eilish, Lewis Capaldi, The Killers and Foals.

20-year-old Eilish will become the youngest solo artist to headline the festivals.

Loyle Carner, who also plays at the festival, commented on Fender’s post that he might play guitar during his set.

“You still need me to play guitar for this?” Carner wrote under the post.

The comment comes from the back of an Instagram post shared recently by Carner, which shows a picture of the couple together.

Reading and Leeds takes place from 25th to 27th August 2023. Ticket sales begin Monday (December 12) at 9am, with more acts to be announced.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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