Singer Lewis Capaldi looking to support anxiety during live shows

Rising star, Lewis Capaldi has launched a new scheme to help fans with anxiety during his most recent tour announcement.

This morning (18 April), Capaldi revealed he will be going on an arena tour and has been working on the LIVELIVE initiative behind the scenes.

Capaldi, 22, has been open about his own experiences with anxiety and panic attacks. Now, the star is looking to support his fans before and during his future live performances.

ANXIETY

Speaking with BBC’s Newsbeat, Capaldi shared that many fans had approached him expressing their wishes to see him perform, but were unable to due to their anxiety.

Tickets for his future shows will now include a 50p charge to fund a team at every venue to support people with stress-related issues.

OPEN

Capaldi, who has himself experienced panic attacks whilst performing, comments: “I’ve had a couple on stage, there was this instance where we were supporting Bastille in Manchester and I had to stop on my second-to-last song.

“I had to let everyone know, ‘I’m really sorry, I’m having a panic attack, I need to stop’.

“I feel like it’s like telling someone you have a cold, you wouldn’t hesitate to tell anyone – so for me I feel quite lucky I can talk about it.”

LIVELIVE will be in place for Capaldi’s 2020 arena tour, where he will headline London’s Wembley Arena, Glasgow’s SSE Hydro.

Prior to performances, fans can expect an email detailing exit points at all venues for those experiencing panic attacks.

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