He is suffering with a "respiratory track infection..."

Sam Fender has postponed two live shows due to illness.

It's been a phenomenal year for the North East songwriter, whose debut album 'Hypersonic Missiles' crashed into the charts.

Currently completing a long-since-sold-out tour across the UK, illness has taken the rising artist from the road.

Due to play O2 Academy Bristol and O2 Academy Birmingham on December 5th and 6th respectively, he has been forced to postpone these dates.

Suffering from a "respiratory track infection" he told fans on Instagram: "Been having the tour of our lives and caught a bug..."

Vowing to make it up to fans, Sam Fender added: "The shows will now take place on Jan 30th in Birmingham and Jan 31st in Bristol. Our first shows of the year."

Looking ahead, Sam Fender will headline Newcastle's This Is Tomorrow festival in May:

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