It seems like there is somewhat of a renaissance in British singer/songwriters at present. The likes of Ed Sheeran, George Ezra and now Lewis Capaldi have been witnessing great success around the world, whilst simultaneously flying the flag high for the UK music industry.

For Lewis Capaldi, things just seem to be getting bigger and better. Only eight months ago the chart-topping star was playing university student union bars and now he is playing two sold-out shows in front of 8,000 people in Scarborough – a meteoric rise for sure.

Following a string of Top Ten singles and the release of his Number 1 debut album, the Bathgate native has been topping the bills at festivals, touring with Ed Sheeran as well the companies such as Gregg’s and more recently Oreos queuing up to work with him. Capaldi is in demand for sure right now

Once again this year the Open Air Theatre in Scarborough has welcomed a whole raft of world-class stars including the likes of Biffy Clyro, Kylie Minogue, Years and Years as well as Capaldi himself.

Following the unprecedented demand for his first show, a second date was added on the Yorkshire coast. And just like the first date just over a month ago, the second date followed suit with a complete sell-out for this the penultimate show of Scarborough Open Air Theatre’s summer season. An impressive feat to say the least.

Following support sets from Charlotte, Lewis Watson and local duo Seafret the atmosphere was at fever pitch in Scarborough. Not even a spot of rain could take the shine off tonight’s festivities.

With a massive banner bearing the man of the hour’s name in huge red lettering adorning the back wall of the stage the locals were under no illusion who they were here to see tonight. Cheers of Oh Lewis Capaldi to the tune of the White Stripes 7 Nation Army loudly resonated around the arena.

Lewis Capaldi may well be a relative newcomer to headlining large open-air stadia such as this but he has already learnt how to make a grand entrance. As he hits the stage confetti cannons propel ticker tape across the site. Capaldi quite literally kicks the night off with a bang.

With only one album under his belt, this evening’s show centres on Capaldi’s debut album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent with the lion’s share of the record featuring in the set. This being a record that topped the UK charts for six consecutive weeks.

The show gets underway with five back to back tracks from Capaldi’s latest offering including Top Ten single Grace, a heartfelt airing of One and the incredibly infectious Maybe.

With only one full album’s worth of material behind him, mid-way through the set Capaldi switches things up with tracks from his debut EP such as Bruises, atmospheric rocker Fade along with his Jessie Reyez collaboration Rush. During the majority of this segment, Capaldi performs alone, or alongside longstanding keyboard player Ian.

Of course, Capaldi’s songs are in some places heart wrenching, emotive and even a tad bittersweet. This being a stark contrast to his persona and witty stage banter which is gently interspersed throughout the set.

Despite its melancholy context, Hollywood is one of the more up-tempo, happy go lucky tracks in the set and it certainly hits the spot towards the latter stages of the evening. Hold On While You Wait closes out the main set proving that it wasn’t just the show opening that went off with a bang – Capaldi’s set had enough of its own musical fireworks.

This may well have been Lewis Capaldi’s last big gig of the summer, but on the strength of this performance, his current success is merely the tip of the iceberg for the Scottish singer/songwriter.


Event Date: 30-Aug-2019

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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