Lewis Capaldi has announced his 2020 tour alongside an incredible fan initiative, which helps support those with anxiety at his shows.
Capaldi has proven he’s more than just an incredible musician in recent months, rising to fame through his hilarious Instagram stories which could brighten anyone’s day (if you haven’t seen them, you absolutely need to).
And now it seems he’s even more than that, as he’s proved he’s got his fan’s best interests at heart with his new initiative to help those who struggle with anxiety and panic attacks, as well as fans with other emotional difficulties.
The initiative, called LIVELIVE, aims to help those who have concerns about attending the musician’s show, and who might not usually be able to attend because of particular emotional difficulties.
All tickets for the gigs will cost an additional 50p, which will go solely towards providing a dedicated team at each venue who are expertly trained and qualified in assisting fans with panic, anxiety, or any other concerns they may have.
Whether it be meeting fans at the door, escorting them to their seat, or taking people to a specially designated ‘escape space’ if needs be, he’s got it covered. All you need to do is visit the signposted ‘help points’ inside each venue.
Speaking about the initiative, the musician said he wanted to make his shows enjoyable for as many people as possible, and wants to make people feel comfortable enough for this to happen:
I always get tonnes of messages from people online who have said they want to come to my shows but can’t because they’re struggling massively with anxiety or are just generally afraid they will have a panic attack during the show.
I really wanted to put something in place to help those people feel comfortable and offer them support to allow them to experience the shows.
I hate to feel that anyone’s anxiety is making them miss out on anything they want to do and LIVELIVE is my attempt at helping make these shows enjoyable for as many of those people who have been supporting this journey for me!
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ACTUALLY CAN’T BELIEVE I’M SAYING THIS!… I’M DOING A UK & IRELAND ARENA TOUR!!!! 😭🕺🏻to be putting these size of shows on sale before my album is even out is genuinely something i can’t comprehend! thank u all so much for make this possible!! If ya pre-order the album now on CD, Vinyl or Cassette (or have done already) from the official shop (link in bio) before 4PM on Tuesday you’ll get a special pre-sale code on Tues night to use for the limited pre-sale on Weds morning!!!!! ❤️ WHO IS COMING? Going to be the best week of my life! X also v v excited to announce something I’ve been working on for a while… LIVELIVE… get lots of messages from some of u who would love to come to shows but might not feel able to because of anxiety or perhaps afraid of a panic attack during the show. i really wanted to put something in place to help all of u that might feel like that, feel comfortable and offer as much support as I can so u don’t have to miss out, you’ve all made this happen & don’t want anyone to have to miss out! swipe left to read more ❤️🕺🏻 XOX
Capaldi will be one of the first artists in history to announce an arena run before the release of a debut album; Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent will be released on May 17.
Regardless, I can guarantee the tour will be a sell-out due to the success of his hit single, Someone You Loved, which is the biggest UK single of the year so far. Kudos.
If you do fancy buying a ticket, Capaldi will be touring Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin, Cardiff, and London across six dates in March.
Tickets go on sale next Wednesday (April 24).
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A Broadcast Journalism Masters graduate who went on to achieve an NCTJ level 3 Diploma in Journalism, Lucy has done stints at ITV, BBC Inside Out and Key 103. While working as a journalist for UNILAD, Lucy has reported on breaking news stories while also writing features about mental health, cervical screening awareness, and Little Mix (who she is unapologetically obsessed with).