Lewis Capaldi: Broken by Desire to Be Heavenly Sent

One of the UK’s biggest breakout stars heads out on a UK and European tour with a production befitting his elevated status in the music zeitgeist.

Perhaps it’s because I surround myself with so many self-proclaimed music aficionados, but all too often I find myself in debates about why certain acts have become so popular. However, watching Lewis Capaldi live, it’s quite clear why he has garnered so many fans across the globe. Along with a smattering of catchy hits, Capaldi’s command of an audience with his relatable nature as well as eye wateringly funny comedy segments have proved a winning combination since his breakout years in 2017 and 2018. Yet, despite making it to the big time, loyalty remains a top priority for the singer, with his backing band and core crew having been with him since the beginning.

Throughout TPi’s time at Manchester’s AO Arena meeting the various departments in Capaldi’s team, it became clear how many of the crew were from the singer’s home city of Glasgow, giving a real sense of family and community to this touring party. With a tour that seemed to be fuelled entirely by enthusiasm and Irn-Bru – which almost every interviewee was sipping on during our chats – we learned all about this ambitious production.

Words: Stew Hume

Photos: Anthony Mooney and Ed White