Lewis Capaldi | Texas Review | Ralph Arvesen
Lewis Capaldi performing during the Broken by Desire to be Heavenly Sent Tour at the Moody Amphitheater Waterloo Park in Austin, Texas on May 8, 2023. (Photo: Ralph Arvesen)

Lewis Capaldi has been familiar with music since childhood. He learned how to play drums and guitar when he was merely two years old, but his love for music only sparked two years later when he performed at a holiday camp. His early love for music made him determined to be a professional musician by the time he was 12. Receiving support from his parents, the Scotland native went through his school without focusing much on academics.

Hoping for a professional debut, Capaldi started off by producing his own music and releasing them on his YouTube and SoundCloud account. He was soon discovered by Ryan Walter, who helped him release his first track "Bruises". Thanks to the song, he became the fastest unsigned artist to reach a quarter million plays on Spotify. The success of the song led him to sign a deal with Virgin EMI Records and Capitol Records.

A rising star, Capaldi was invited to support many well-known bands and musicians, including Rag'n'Bone Man and Milky Chance. His performances on the tour eventually attracted Niall Horan, who later invited him to support him on two dates on his "Flicker World Tour". He served as the opening acts for Sam Smith's "The Thrill of It All European Tour". Capaldi also played at many famous festivals such as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Reading & Leeds Festival.

Capaldi released his second EP entitled "Breach" that included his breakthrough single "Someone You Loved". The song became his first No. 1 single on U.K. Singles Chart and spent seven consecutive weeks atop the chart. In the United States, the song was a sleeper hit, reaching No. 4 on Billboard's Hot 100 after spending 18 weeks on the chart.

Capaldi tickets for his tour quickly sell out in minutes, making him the first artist in the global history to announce and sell out an arena tour before the release of a debut album.
Fan reviews:

One of the best shows I've ever been. He has an amazing voice and he delivered. Everything was beautiful, he talked between songs, he is so funny, loved every second of it.

Amazing! Lewis was incredible and his opening act, Medium Build, was just as amazing. The lighting and sound was awesome. I really have no complaints. This was the best show I’ve ever attended!

Great show! The concert was very organized and chill, loved the energy and the interaction with the audience was great. He is a very funny artist definitely worth the money! A must see.

Powerful. His inspiration goes beyond the songs. The humor, emotion and power of his voice. The way the crowd loved him, the beauty of it all. I came away with great feelings of love and laughter. Wonderful evening.
Setlist for the show at the Moody Amphitheater Waterloo Park
  • Intro: Broken by Desire to Be Heavenly Sent
  • Forget Me
  • Forever
  • Lost on You
  • Fade
  • Before You Go
  • Bruises
  • Wish You the Best
  • Grace
  • Pointless
  • Hold Me While You Wait
  • How I'm Feeling Now
  • Someone You Loved

Lewis Capaldi was the main act at the Moody Amphitheater Waterloo Park with guests Medium Build. They continue across the United States, Europe, Australia, and United Arab Emirates with the last stop at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on October 23, 2023.

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