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Lewis Capaldi cancels all tour dates as he focuses on mental health and well-being

Get well soon, Lewis x

By Nick Reilly

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Lewis Capaldi at Glastonbury 2023 (Picture: Aaron Parsons/Rolling Stone UK)

Lewis Capaldi has announced the cancellation of all his upcoming live shows as he focuses on his mental health and physical well-being.

The singer, who was visibly affected by his Tourette’s at Glastonbury last weekend, shared the update via a post on social media this morning.

He was previously set for a summer of huge outdoor gigs, including a performance at Reading & Leeds festival.

The 26-year-old said: ““First of all, thank you to Glastonbury for having me, for singing along when I needed it and for all the amazing messages afterwards. It really does mean the world,” he began. “The fact that this probably won’t come as a surprise doesn’t make it any easier to write, but I’m very sorry to let you know I’m going to be taking a break from touring for the foreseeable future.”

Capaldi explained how he had felt ready to make his return to the stage, but his Glastonbury performance made it clear to him that he needs further time to recover.

“I used to be able to enjoy every second of shows like this and I’d hoped 3 weeks away would sort me out,” he said.

“But the truth is I’m still learning to adjust to the impact of my Tourette’s and on Saturday it became obvious that I need to spend much more time getting my mental and physical health in order, so I can keep doing everything I love for a long time to come.”

He went on: “I know I’m incredibly fortunate to be able to take some time out when others can’t and I’d like to thank my amazing family, friends, team, medical professionals and all of you who’ve been so supportive every step of the way through the good times and even more so during this past year when I’ve needed it more than ever.”

Concluding his statement, Capaldi vowed to be back on stage “as soon as I possibly can.”

Responding to Capaldi, Reading & Leeds organisers said: “We’re gutted that Lewis Capaldi won’t be performing at R&L this year, but health comes first and we wish him a speedy recovery.

“We’re working hard to book a replacement, stay tuned.”

During Saturday’s performance, Capaldi was aided by a huge crowd at the Pyramid Stage who helped him through his songs – even joining in to sing ‘Someone You Loved’ at one point.

Capaldi’s voice also appeared to falter at one point and after performing ‘Hold Me While You Wait’ he apologised and admitted he was annoyed with his performance. He was immediately buoyed by the crowd who cheered ‘Oh Lewis Capaldi’ throughout the set.

During his Glastonbury set, he also alluded that a further break could be on the cards.

“I feel like I’ll be taking another wee break for the next few weeks, you might not see me for the rest of the year,” he said. “But when I do come back and I do see you I hope you’re up for watching.”