Lewis Capaldi Wants To Help Fans Suffering From Anxiety At His Shows
Lewis Capaldi is helping fans who suffer with anxiety at his shows by offering 'escape rooms' for those that need time out.
Every ticket from the 'Someone You Loved' singer's upcoming tour will include an additional 50p charge to fund a team at each venue who will assist concert-goers with stress-related issues.
Lewis advertised the scheme on his Twitter, writing: "So so buzzing to announce something i've been working on for a while..."
"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]"
As party of the initiative named 'LIVELIVE', the venues on Lewis's tour will include 'escape rooms' which are described as a 'safe place' for people 'struggling emotionally'.
The scheme will also include a buddy system for those travelling to the concert alone, and the option to have an escort meet them at the venue entrance and take them to their seat.
Speaking to Radio 1 Newsbeat, Lewis explains he often gets messages from fans who want to see him perform by say their "anxiety won't allow them to."
He says it's a problem that's "always kind of bugged him".
Speaking to the BBC, the 22-year-old singer songwriter explained that he has personally suffered from panic attacks in the past.
"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."
Speaking about his motivation behind LIVELIVE, Lewis said: "This is my attempt at helping make these shows enjoyable for as many of those people who have been supporting this journey for me."
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