‘He Is Incredible Live’: Lewis Capaldi Sells Out UK Tour In Under A Minute
Venla Shalin/Redferns – Lewis Capaldi
The Scottish singer supports Bastille on tour in Europe. This picture was taken Feb. 9 at the O2 Academy Brixton in London, England
Scottish singer and songwriter Lewis Capaldi has sold out his first UK headline tour scheduled for November/December in under a minute. Pollstar reached out to his agent at Coda, Ryan Penty.
The 13-date headline tour kicks off Nov. 21 at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, Ireland, climaxes Nov. 29 at the O2 Academy Brixton in London, and closes Dec. 8 at the O2 Academy Glasgow, Scotland.
Pollstar asked Ryan Penty, Capaldi’s agent at Coda Agency, how it felt when all tickets had sold out in under one minute. “It was a great result,” he said, “all the hard work from the entire team, promoters, Lewis, management and label to pull this together has paid off.”
Penty saw Capaldi for the first time “in Glasgow very early on, he is absolutely incredible live and his personality shines through on the stage.”
When questioned what made the artist so special, Penty replied: “No else has the ability to sing a heart wrenching ballad and tell a joke about poo or pubic hair in the same five minutes of their live set.”
Capaldi will release his debut album Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent May 17. He’s currently got two EPs out, called Bloom and Breach. The latter contains the UK top 10 single “Someone You Loved”, his biggest hit so far.
Lewis Capaldi himself said: “I’m absolutely buzzing to finally be able to announce my debut album. I never thought I’d get to the point where I’d be able to release a proper album and I absolutely never thought that when I did, I would give it a name as stupid I have, but here we are.
Talking about the recording process, he explained: “Everyone always tells you about how amazing recording their first album was and how they’ll always look back on the ‘process’ with fond memories. I will look back on it as an extremely stressful time that somehow also managed to be extremely boring.
“The actual process of building the songs up I loved, but recording the same guitar parts over and over again to get them right and going back on mixes for weeks, I did not.
“I hope people don’t think it’s shit. I mean don’t get me wrong there will be one or two stinkers on there, but I’m only human and we all make mistakes, but as a whole I think it’s pretty fucking good.
“I’m excited for it to be released and have people finally be able to hear a full body of work from me for the first time. Should it bomb completely or receive an absolute critical lambasting, don’t worry, it’s just my life’s work up until this point.”
There’s opportunity to see Capaldi prior to November, as he is currently supporting Bastille on their European tour. The list of remaining dates can be found below. He’s also confirmed to play several festivals this summer, including Standon Calling, Tamlines, Boardmasters, Victorious and Camp Bestival in the UK, Down The Rabbit Hole in Holland, Szene Open Air in Austria and Indiependence Music & Arts Festival in Ireland.
Remaining Bastille support dates:
Feb. 23 – GASOMETER, VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Feb. 24 – PORSCHE ARENA, STUTTGART, GERMANY
Feb. 25 – SAMSUNG HALL, ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Feb. 27 – RAZZMATAZZ, BARCELONA, SPAIN
Feb. 28 – PALACIO VISTALEGRE, MADRID, SPAIN
March 2 – ZENITH, PARIS, FRANCE
March 4 – ZENITH, MUNICH, GERMANY
March 5 – JAHRHUNDERTHALLE, FRANKFURT A. M., GERMANY
March 6 – MEHR! THEATER, HAMBURG, GERMANY
March 8 – ROCKHAL, LUXEMBOURG, LUXEMBOURG
March 9 – SPORTPALEIS, ANTWERP, BELGIUM
March 10 – ZIGGO DOME, AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS