The sensation that is Lewis Capaldi returned to his hometown of Glasgow, to the cavernous Hydro arena, only a stone’s throw from his home turf, to thrill a packed audience and delight thousands of his adoring fans.

Warm up duties on the tour are provided by RAYE.  The talented singer songwriter from Tooting in London is currently going down a storm following her first UK number one single with Escapism, and certainly has a big future ahead of her.  The singer explained during her set that from a young age all she was interested in was writing songs and making music, well she would have left Glasgow with a few more fans under her belt, with her music being very well received by the crowd.  A great start to the evening.

What can you say about Lewis Capaldi that hasn’t already been said? He is the man of the moment in music, selling out tours and hit single after hit single.  He is currently putting the finishing touches to his second album, a follow up to the immensely successful ‘Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent’ from 2019, which was the best-selling album of 2019 and 2020 in the UK.  In 2020 the single Someone You Loved became the longest running top ten single of all time by a British artist in the UK charts.  No mean feat for a 24-year-old from Glasgow’s west end!

The atmosphere was electric as the lights dimmed, and the stage lit up with huge screens displaying GLASGOW, then LEWIS CAPALDI, which then lifted above the stage to reveal the backing band.  Opening number ‘Forget Me’ nearly took the roof off as Lewis finally entered the stage.  There can be no doubting the young man’s talent, what a terrific soulful voice he has which compliments his music perfectly.  Confetti canons exploded around the stage as the song ended.  ‘Forever’ followed next on the setlist before he took the mic and had the first of several wee chats with the audience.

It definitely wasn’t a gig to bring your old granny to as Lewis turned the air blue at times  and greeted the crowd “Glasgow you beautiful f****** c****, how we all doing??”  The screams from the mainly female crowd were deafening as he relayed stories of playing gigs in Glasgow and being local enough to walk home, very amusing.  Great banter with the crowd too, some waving signs proclaiming true love! Oh, to be a young pop star!

All of Lewis’s big numbers were on the set, from debut single Bruises from 2017 right up to his latest number one single Pointless.  The crowd were on point throughout, assisting with backing vocals and roars of approval in between the tracks.  Lewis also kept the crowd entertained with more stories and words of wisdom between tracks too, proving not just to be a singer, songwriter and musician but an all-round entertainer.

‘Grace’, ‘Leave Me Slowly’, ‘Pointless’ and ‘Hold Me While You Wait’ closed the first act, before returning after a well-deserved break for a two-song encore, starting with ‘How Im Feeling Now’.  The crowd reached fever pitch as the evening was ended with the singer’s first number one single ‘Someone You Loved’.  Lewis could easily have put the mic down and let the crowd sing for him, as every voice in the audience joined in a mass karaoke with some crowd members showing their appreciation by throwing a big saltire and even items of underwear on stage!!  A great end to a great gig.

Lewis Capaldi can currently do no wrong.  He is the hottest property in music, the sold-out tours and hit records only emphasise this.  He’s the darling of all the chat shows and everybody wants to be his pal.  His undeniable talent shines out when he is live on stage, and his personality just makes you smile.  The young man is 27, has hit the heights and can only go higher, the world really is his oyster.  It’s definitely time to believe the hype, Lewis Capaldi is the real deal.

Review & Photographs by Stephen Wilson

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