REVIEW BY HANNAH BRITT: He’s the Scottish singing sensation of 2019, famous as much for his wit on social media as he is for his voice. Ladies and gentlemen, Lewis Capaldi – or the “Scottish Beyonce”, as one poster read during his headline show at Kew The Music on Wednesday night. The family festival, held in Kew Gardens, south-west London welcomed 8,000 fans to watch the 22-year-old perform tracks off his debut album, Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent, which has been number one for five weeks. “I feel like Justin Bieber…with a smaller penis,” joked the singer as he came on stage to screams of joy from the crowd.
While his songs, including his biggest hit Someone You Loved, are pretty melancholic, his on and off-stage persona is anything but.
Indeed Lewis is wickedly funny, quick with his quips to the audience.
“Are any of you fans of global popstars? They couldn’t be here so you have me instead,” he said.
Later, when a large pink bra pinged up onto the stage, he joked, “By the size of this I can tell there’s a woman out there who is going to have severe back pain later.”
Lewis’ Kew The Music show was his biggest headline performance to date.
Coming on stage to Grace, he played for a little over an hour. As the sun set he treated fans to Bruises and Hold Me While You Wait.
His voice sounded brilliant, raw and powerful. A voice older than his 22 years. If the crowd minded a set of pretty slow, rather sad songs, they didn’t show it.
“It’s the first time I’ve played when it’s dark outside,” said Lewis. “I see there’s a few children here. They’re going to learn a few new words tonight.”
Indeed the Kew crowd was an eclectic bunch, the young, old and everything in between picking at artisan cheeseboards and drinking jugs of Pimms and lemonade.
With Kew Gardens in full bloom the setting couldn’t have been more beautiful. As night fell twinkly lights glittered on the pathways.
Ending on Someone You Loved, Lewis ended on a high and left the stage.
“If you liked the show tell everyone you’ve ever met,” he said. “And if you didn’t… keep it to your f*****g selves.”
Don’t worry, Lewis. As funny as a stand-up, with a voice that could melt butter, we predict a bright future for the Scottish Beyoncé.
Still to come at Kew the Music Craig David (12 July), Garbage (13 July) and Rick Astley (14 July).