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Scots singer Lewis Capaldi announces first arena tour including date at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro

© Andrew Milligan/PA WireLewis Capaldi
Lewis Capaldi

Scots singer Lewis Capaldi has announced a string of UK and Ireland arena dates after phenomenal demand for his gigs in smaller venues later this year.

The Bathgate-born star, who is currently topping the charts with hit Someone You Loved, will tour again in March 2020 having sold out several shows including multiple dates in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

As part of his first arena tour, he’ll play Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on March 5.

Capaldi tweeted: “To be announcing shows this size before my album is even out is genuinely something I can’t comprehend!! Thank u all so much for make this possible!”

The 22-year-old also revealed he’s been working on a project to help improve the live music experience for those who struggle with anxiety or large crowds, with some proceeds from ticket sales funding a helpline.

Livelive will give support to fans during the tour and will have designated help points at every venue. There will also be ‘escape rooms’ if anyone needs to take a break and a gig buddy system for anyone travelling alone.

Capaldi, who suffers himself from anxiety, said: “I always get tonnes of messages from people online who have said they want to come to my shows but can’t because they’re struggling massively with anxiety or are just generally afraid they will have a panic attack during the show.

“I really wanted to put something in place to help those people feel comfortable and offer them support to allow them to experience the shows.

“I just hate to feel that anyone’s anxiety is making them miss out on anything they want to do and Livelive is my attempt at helping make these shows enjoyable for as many of those people who have been supporting this journey for me.”

Someone You Loved has been riding high in the charts, recently making it seven weeks at number one in the UK.

It’s the third longest run at top spot for a Scottish act behind Wet Wet Wet’s 15-week reign with Love Is All Around and Calvin Harris’s eight weeks with Dua Lipa collaboration One Kiss.

Capaldi’s debut album Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent will be released on May 17.