Lewis Capaldi played the first of two nights at the O2 Academy in Glasgow and the crowd definitely gave him a warm welcome home. It was one of his last concerts of the year before taking on larger venues such as the SSE Hydro in 2020. And despite having to cancel shows earlier in the week due to serious vocal issues, Capaldi’s voice was powerful. I can thankfully confirm there was no fights during the concert like there was at his Edinburgh gig. Capaldi made sure to crack a joke about that.
He started with ‘Grace’ which instantly sent a surge of energy through the crowd. Fans sang along word for word. There was no shortage of confetti as cannons continually went off during his biggest hits. In between songs, Capaldi would joke with the audience. His humorous persona completely contrasted with his sad, sombre songs. When the crowd weren’t crying, they were laughing along with him. He held the audience in the palm of his hand. He mimicked a series of victories such as throwing a javelin, scoring a goal and throwing a dart. Each time the crowd would go wild.
There was a lot of casual chat with the audience which helped make the gig feel more intimate. The fact that the venue was smaller than his usual also helped create that sense of connection. He gave everyone in the audience a wristband for a free Greggs whilst joking that, “Justin Bieber wouldn’t do that”. The night was filled with witty comments that made everyone laugh.
Capaldi finished the night by singing his grammy nominated hit, Someone You Loved. The crowd was deafening. Everyone sang along which brought a great gig to an end. There’s a reason his album spent six weeks at number one. The nation love him and after that concert it’s clear to see why. A great singer with an even better personality.
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Review by Eva Curran
review by Eva Curran