"I feel like I'll be taking another wee break over the next couple of weeks. So you probably won't see much of me for the rest of the year, maybe even.”
Lewis Capaldi was lifted and supported by an enthusiastic Glastonbury Festival audience on Friday (24 June) when he experienced vocal problems leaving him unable to finish the final song of his set.
Looking visibly dejected on stage, the communal spirit of Glastonbury made for a beautiful live music moment. What Capaldi said during the last song, Someone You Loved, suggests the Scottish singer might need to take more time off, hinting at an uncertain future for his Splendour In The Grass and Australian tour dates.
"Glastonbury, I'm really sorry," Capaldi said as his voice faltered during Someone You Loved. "I'm a bit annoyed with myself."
That’s when the entire 100,000-strong crowd sang the emotional chorus and bridge, helping Capaldi centre himself and allow his moment at Glastonbury to be a good one.
After taking in the magnificent view, Capaldi said, "I feel like I'll be taking another wee break over the next couple of weeks. So you probably won't see much of me for the rest of the year, maybe even.”
He added, "But when I do come back and when I do see you, I hope you're still up for watching us."
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Earlier this month, Capaldi axed three weeks of gigs throughout Europe to prioritise his health.
He wrote: “This is a really difficult message and one that hurts me a lot to have to type, but I'm really sorry to say that I'm going to have to cancel all commitments from now until I play Glastonbury on June 24th.”
Capaldi went on to say he’s had “such an incredible time” on the touring circuit for Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent and assured his fans that “seeing all of the support from everyone has been beyond anything I could have ever dreamed of”, but noted that “the last few months have been full on both mentally and physically”.
He added: “I haven't been home properly since Christmas, and at the moment, I'm struggling to get to grips with it all. I need to take a moment to rest and recover, to be at my best and ready for Glastonbury and all of the other incredible shows coming up so that I'm able to continue doing what I love for a long time to come.
“I need to take these three weeks to be Lewis from Glasgow for a bit, spend some time with my family and friends and do normal life things that are an important part of me feeling better. I hope everyone understands.”
In early June, his upcoming Australian tour dates – which include a top-line billing at Splendour In The Grass – were still firmly on the cards. With his Glastonbury struggles, his run of shows in Australia, beginning in Sydney on Friday, 7 July and Saturday, 8, with subsequent shows lined up for Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne, are looking uncertain.
The Music has contacted Splendour In The Grass and Capaldi's headline tour promoters for comment.
We love you Lewis Capaldi ❤️— BBC Radio 1 (@BBCR1) June 24, 2023
Glastonbury crowds are the best. pic.twitter.com/x6ZnIIgRpP
The Glastonbury crowd filling in for Lewis Capaldi when he needed help was such a beautiful moment. Anyone saying “it was heartbreaking” or “he shouldn’t have gone on” is seriously missing the point. Disability is not a bad thing to be hidden. It exists alongside success and joy.— Frances Ryan (@DrFrancesRyan) June 25, 2023
I actually find the crowd’s response incredibly optimistic. Their instinct was empathy and support, not cruelty or pity. This is not the reaction many disabled people get day-to-day! The public are more than capable of embracing disability. If the media will actually show it.— Frances Ryan (@DrFrancesRyan) June 25, 2023