Watch Eurovision star Sam Ryder surprise Mancs with busking set at St Peter’s Square

As trams passed by and people were grabbing lunch, the 'Space Man' singer stopped to serenade locals.

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 8th December 2022

Eurovision star Sam Ryder caught local Mancunians off-guard when he popped up to perform a surprise busking set in St Peter’s Square.

Making the unexpected appearance on Thursday, 8 December, the ‘Space Man’ singer left passers-by and locals simply going about their workday chuffed to bits as he played a number of recognisable hits.

While Mancs were wrapped up in their winter layers, they were more than happy to stand around and listen to the soulful singer do renditions of Queen, Stevie Wonder, as well as a couple of his own songs.

What a voice.

The 33-year-old who came second to Ukraine in the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest obviously played his smash-hit entry as well as one his most recent tracks, ‘All The Way Over’.


He went on to explain he and his team had decided to travel across the country to perform a number of these surprise sets to not only promote his upcoming album, but to spread some festive cheer and return some of the love he’s received from the nation this year.

Ryder wasn’t the only one to surprise Manc music lovers with a live performance this week either.


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The Essex boy seemed to have a lot of appreciation for the city of Manchester and it certainly looks to be reciprocated.

His new record, There’s Nothing But Space, Man!, drops on Friday 9 December and he’s hoping to whip up regional support with surprise sets like this to send his album to number one in time for Christmas.

You can watch Sam Ryder’s surprise set back again in full on our Facebook Live below:


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