LEWIS Capaldi, the renowned singer-songwriter, will be taking a break from performing following an emotionally charged set on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage. During his performance, Capaldi’s Tourette’s syndrome flared up, causing him to struggle with his vocals. However, in a heartwarming display of solidarity, his fans came together to finish singing his lyrics. Unfortunately, as a result of his condition, Capaldi’s appearance at Chepstow Racecourse on Saturday, July 1, will be cancelled.
Capaldi, who was scheduled to headline the event, was part of a lineup that included esteemed artists such as George Ezra, Lionel Richie, Sugababes, Cat Burns, Sigrid, and more. The singer has been open about his battles with Tourette’s, even documenting his experiences in his Netflix documentary, “How I’m Feeling Now.” Despite his voice faltering at Glastonbury, the moment created a beautiful connection between Capaldi and his devoted fans.
In an Instagram statement posted on Tuesday, June 27, Capaldi expressed his profound apologies, acknowledging the necessity of prioritizing his health. He acknowledged that the three-week break he had taken in early June was insufficient, stating, “I’m incredibly sorry, but it’s obvious that I need to work on my health.” He also conveyed his gratitude for the outpouring of support from his fans.
Capaldi further explained, “The fact that this probably won’t come as a surprise doesn’t make it any easier to write, but I’m going to be taking a break from touring for the foreseeable future.” He expressed deep remorse to those who had planned to attend his shows but emphasized his desire to deliver performances worthy of his dedicated fans. Capaldi described the decision as the most difficult one he has ever made, as playing for his audience every night has been his lifelong dream.
Concluding his set at Glastonbury, Capaldi expressed his apologies once again, acknowledging his disappointment with himself and revealing his intention to take another break in the upcoming weeks. He hinted that his public appearances for the rest of the year might be limited, but assured fans that he would return and expressed his hope that they would still be eager to watch him perform.
During his Glastonbury performance, Capaldi sang only a few words of his hit song “Someone You Loved,” with the crowd passionately singing the rest back to him. As he left the stage, he shared his heartfelt sentiment, saying, “I genuinely dreamt of doing this. If I never get to do it again, this has been enough.”
Ticketholders for Capaldi’s Chepstow gig will be contacted by Ticketmaster, who will arrange automatic refunds. It is important to note that Capaldi had already taken a break earlier this month before his Glastonbury performance, explaining the need to reconnect with his home in Glasgow and prioritize his well-being. He expressed the desire to rest, spend time with loved ones, and engage in everyday activities that contribute to his overall happiness.
As a result of Capaldi’s break from performing, several other scheduled gigs have been canceled, including the Reading & Leeds Festival on August 25-27 (performance day unknown), the Wythenshawe Park in Manchester on August 25, the Royal Highland Showgrounds in Edinburgh on August 30 and September 1, and the Boucher Road Playing Fields in Belfast on September 3.