Lewis Capaldi has announced his first ever arena tour, revealing that each venue he plays at will have special provisions in place for fans who suffer from anxiety, panic or emotional difficulties.
His six-date jaunt will take place in 2020, and a 50p charge on each ticket will go towards funding services including a dedicated email address, which fans can use during the show to request support should they need it.
Each venue will have its own team of experts qualified to assist with anxiety or any other concerns, as part of an initiative called LIVELIVE. They will also be on hand to meet fans at the door and escorts them to their seats.
The arenas will also feature a designated “escape space” where attendees can take a time out from the action too, as well as a gig buddy system for anyone attending alone.
Tweeting about the announcement, Lewis wrote: “know that a lot of u for one reason of another might find shows difficult whether it’s anxiety or panic.
“i want to make sure that as many of u who feel that have the support to come down!” [sic]
In an official statement, he added: “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.”
Lewis’ track Someone You Loved is currently number one in the UK Singles Chart for the sixth week in a row, and his debut album, Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent, will be released next month.
Having broken through in 2018, Lewis was shortlisted for this year’s Brits Critics Choice award.
He has another tour coming up before the arena one and will perform at venues including the Manchester Academy and London’s Brixton Academy in November.