British singer-songwriter and the UK’s Eurovision 2022 star runner-up Sam Ryder will perform live at London’s Lafayette on Monday 26th September exclusively for National Album Day – helping to officially launch this year’s event on 15th October which celebrates the art form of the album. The concert will be in aid of charity War Child, which works to secure a safe future for every child living through war.
The gig will see Sam perform a selection of his much-loved hits and some exclusive tracks from his upcoming album “There’s Nothing But Space, Man!” in an intimate setting in celebration of National Album Day 2022, for which he is an ambassador.
National Album Day Ambassador, Sam Ryder said:
“With my debut LP out in November, I couldn’t be more thrilled to launch National Album Day with this exclusive concert to celebrate the journey of creating an album. I’ll be performing brand new songs and some special favourites, and in the process we hope to raise much-needed funds for War Child and for children affected by conflict, not least in Ukraine. Can’t wait to see you there and sing our heads off!”
To get early access to tickets for this one-off show, fans can pre-order Sam’s debut album ”There’s Nothing But Space, Man!” before midnight on Wednesday 7th September. Pre-sale access opens on Thursday 8th September and general sale starts Friday 9th September at 9am via See Tickets.
With his debut album due out on 18th November, Sam Ryder is truly an artist in his prime. His hit single “Space Man” etched its way into the UK’s public consciousness after stunning performances at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest and The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. It charted at Number 2 in the Official Singles Chart, making it the highest charting Eurovision song in over a quarter of a century and one of the biggest selling tracks of 2022. Sam’s career has seen stratospheric lift-off after first rising to prominence during lockdown when his TikTok videos began to attract plaudits from the likes of Alicia Keys, David Guetta, Justin Bieber and Sia.
Taking place on Saturday 15th October and now in its 5th year, National Album Day, shines a light on the art form of the album, celebrating the creativity and artistry that goes into making an album. This year’s theme of Debut Albums will showcase a broad range of first album releases across multiple genres and decades – from debut recordings that have gone on to become classics to those that are perhaps only now being fully appreciated or which, years later, merit reappraisal. Previous year’s themes include Women In Music and The 80s. Sam is among a number of artist ambassadors for this year’s event.
Renowned audio brand, Bowers & Wilkins, continues its support for National Album Day as official audio partner. Built on a passion for music, Bowers & Wilkins has been on an unrelenting pursuit of the highest quality listening experiences for music fans for over 60 years, always delivering sound that remains true to how the artist intended their album to be heard. Official broadcast partner, BBC Sounds, will also be supporting. Further product and releases, events and other activities will be announced in due course alongside further updates.
Since its launch in 2018, National Album Day has been supported by a diverse range of artists and musicians including Kylie Minogue, Joy Crookes, Sharleen Spiteri, Ray BLK, Lewis Capaldi, Mark Ronson, La Roux, Elbow, Paloma Faith, Blossoms, Alice Cooper, Novelist, Tom Odell, Mahalia, Toyah Willcox and Jazzie B among others. Ambassadors this year include Franz Ferdinand, KSI, The Mysterines, Sam Ryder, and The Staves.
National Album Day is organised jointly by the BPI – the representative voice of independent and major labels across the UK (BRIT Awards and Mercury Prize) – and ERA, the digital entertainment and retail association (Record Store Day). The event is supported across broadcast partner the BBC with highlights available to listen to on BBC Sounds, OfficialCharts.com, along with the UK’s recorded music community led by AIM (Association of Independent Music) and also including PPL and other trade associations, independent and specialist retailers and online and digital/streaming services
Keep track of the National Album Day website for more news and how to get involved over the coming months.