LEWIS CAPALDI took the stage for an intimate homecoming show to celebrate the release of his new album – and revealed he was once dropped by a promoter after selling ZERO tickets to a gig just two years before his big break .
Lewis told the audience during a question and answer session at SWG3 in Glasgow on Sunday that his worst performance to date came in Edinburgh after no one showed up.
He said: “It was the worst feeling in the world when I was told that we hadn’t sold tickets and we were basically fully booked again.”
“Cut to two years later and I’m selling ALL the tickets. Everything has gone well since then.”
When Lewis set up the tiny, 1,250-seat Galvanizer Yard in the city’s art yard, he made no secret of his struggles with his mental health and dealing with impostor syndrome.
He told the home crowd that tears rolled down his face as he opened last year as headlining TRNSMT with the hit song “Grace”.
Lewis said: “I was very worried, I thought I was going to have a panic attack on stage because I was so worried about doing the second album.”
“It was a test of my sanity to see if I could still do it, I’d been away for two years and had no new material.”
“I didn’t know if anyone would mind, but they did. Playing in front of a home crowd is quite a beautiful thing.”
On Friday, the Scottish singer-songwriter released his second album, Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent, following the debut of a Netflix documentary about his rise to fame and personal struggles.
It’s on track to top the charts, having delivered three number-one singles released ahead of its May 19 release.
After singing new tracks like “The Pretender” and “Wish You The Best,” he added, “It means to the world that people still care, and I can still do things like that.”
He enjoyed national success with his hit single “Someone You Loved,” which went on to become the best-selling song of 2018.
After selling ten million albums and over 1 million concert tickets worldwide, Capaldi played to just 1,250 people – his smallest show since 2017 – after attending Fat Sams in Dundee on Saturday.
Mega fan Megan O’Neil from Glasgow was lucky enough to snag tickets to the intimate event. She said: “I’ve seen him at the Hydro before, I was very lucky to get a ticket tonight.”
“He’s my type. If he’s single, then I’m your wife, Lewis.”
Another fan-student, Tenley Fredrick, 19, from Glasgow, said: “I set an alarm and grabbed the tickets when I could.”
Lewis continues his Behind the Music tour of small venues in collaboration with independent labels in Nottingham, Edinburgh and Bristol this week.
He will be playing an exclusive homecoming event at the O2 Academy in June.
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