Review by Lauren Page with Photography by Lynsey Dawson

It’s been a wild 12 months for Lewis Capaldi, the self-proclaimed ‘America’s Sweetheart’ has managed to bag his first Grammy nomination, a debut album and a string of worldwide sold-out shows. The Scottish Beyoncé took over the O2 Academy in Glasgow over the weekend for two sell-out shows packed to the brim with loyal fans.

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Support on the night came from London outfit Balcony who kicked off the evening with tracks such as Pink Hair, Green Eyes and their latest release, Inside Out. Their dreamy vibes and stellar stage presence set the crowd up with high expectations for the rest of the evening. Balcony gained a lot of attention from the audience, which I hope will lead to a follow-up Scotland show in the future – watch this space for the four-piece.

The second act of the evening came from powerhouse Grace Carter. This year has been a mega one for Grace due to her cover of ‘Wicked Game’ by Stone Sour which garnered widespread popularity over the summer and appeared on ITV’s Love Island. She interacted well with the crowd and explained the stories behind each of her tracks. Admitting to Glasgow that she had been writing songs since she was 12 years old, she rounded off her set with an incredible rendition of her original track, Why Her Not Me.

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With two incredible acts already treating the audience, Lewis had big shoes to fill. In true dramatic Capaldi fashion, the man of the hour took to the stage with the sound of Star Wars ‘Duel of the Fates’ warning the crowd that “If they came here for a rock and roll show, they came to the wrong place.” Known for his online humour, Lewis took no prisoners throughout his set by cracking jokes and also grabbing someone’s phone in the audience who was on FaceTime and spoke to them before carrying on the rest of the set.

It’s been a rough week for Lewis who had to cancel a string of dates on the tour and a Q&A before the Glasgow gig to tend to his voice which was taking his toll – but after a mega US tour, the man needs to take it easy.

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There’s nothing better than an artist bantering with the crowd and Lewis gave Glasgow a comedy music set that couldn’t be beaten by commenting on the fact that despite there being a host of fans in the crowd, there are probably a heap of folk in the audience who were dragged there by their partners and were just chilling out by the bar. Also, an important thing to take away from this event – who knew that chanting ‘OH LEWIS CAPALDI’ to the tune of White Stripes Seven Nation Army sounded so good?

Playing songs from his debut album, Lewis needn’t worry about having a weaker voice, as the O2 Academy belted back the words to every single song including his opener Grace and Forever, Don’t Get Me Wrong, One Maybe and the chart-topper – Before You Go. It was a bittersweet moment knowing that many of us wouldn’t get to see Capaldi in such an intimate venue yet again, however, we’re thrilled that he’s finally getting the recognition and sell-out arena’s that he deserves.

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There’s no denying – the man has a set of lungs on him and the gig delivered belter after belter from start to finish – ending the evening with Hold Me While You Wait and Someone You Loved – complete with confetti cannons and the roaring sound of Glasgow singing the words back to Mr Capaldi.

It’s been a mad 12 months for Lewis, and what better way to end the year than a two-night sell out in your home town fresh of the back of announcing your headline slot at Glasgow’s TRNSMT in the summer? It’s an exciting time for Lewis and the fella has the world at his fingertips, cheers to 2020 and to see where it takes him.

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