There's something distinctive about Sam Fender's material. Not one of his tracks is a love song. This says a lot about the ambitions of the 21-year-old indie singer-songwriter from Newcastle. He has precious little time for romance, and speaks on behalf of his hard-working generation, the much maligned millenials. Fender writes about the biggest issues of the day: fake news, sexual harassment, government surveillance... with a mix of gravity, humour and danceability. Ben Howard's manager saw the youngster play in a café and took him under his wing. Soon, he was supporting the likes of George Ezra and Hozier. Fender went down well at Eurosonic Noorderslag, and the BBC has included him on its Sound of 2018 longlist - an industry newcomer to watch out for. He recorded his first single, ‘Play God’ (2017), in the garden shed before giving it to Barny Barnicott, of Arctic Monkeys fame, to produce. And there’s more on the way.