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Sam Ryder to play National Album Day launch show

By | Published on Tuesday 6 September 2022

Sam Ryder

In his role as one of this year’s ambassadors for UK National Album Day, Sam Ryder has announced a special launch show at London’s Lafayette later this month.

I’m not sure that’s really in the spirit of a day that celebrates the art of the album. Everyone should be at home listening to albums, right? Though I guess the gig is not actually happening on the big day itself, so maybe it’s alright.

And there is an album connection with the show, so that’s probably enough to swing it. Because the event will see the Eurovision runner-up preview songs from his upcoming debut album, ‘There’s Nothing But Space, Man!’, with proceeds from ticket sales going to War Child.

“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”, he says. “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”.

Even the process of getting tickets to this gig has an album connection, so I’m now fully reassured this has been properly thought out. To get access to a ticket pre-sale your need to pre-order Ryder’s album before midnight on Wednesday. The pre-sale will then begin on Thursday morning, before tickets go on general sale at 9am on Friday.

The show will take place on 26 Sep, while National Album Day itself is set for 15 Oct. The original plan was that Ryder’s debut album would be released on 14 Oct, allowing for it to be among the albums you play on the grand old day. However, that release has now been pushed back to 18 Nov. But hey, you’ll still have the gig to remember, and it’s really all about the live experience isn’t it? No, of course not, it’s all about the albums! You really need to pay more attention.