Gig Review: Lewis Capaldi, Croxteth Park

Lewis Capaldi

My gig reviews are getting quite repetitive. Apart from Fleetwood Mac, it seems all the acts I’ve recently seen are ones that I’ve already seen live before. Westlife, Picture This and now Lewis Capaldi. I just wish I had started writing these reviews a lot earlier as I’ve seen a lot of acts in a short amount of time.

Anyhow, this was my third time seeing Lewis Capaldi live. By now, you should know just how much I love Lewis Capaldi and have been a fan for a very long time. I’ve said it one hundred times already, but I used to listen to Lewis when he had just four songs on Spotify. From then, I shared him on my Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and on here to get everyone listening to him because I knew he was something special.

So, you can imagine that when I heard Lewis Capaldi was coming to perform in Liverpool for the first time, I was ecstatic. Weirder than that, the night he was performing was to be my last night in Liverpool before I moved home. What a way to end my four years in the city, right?

Crocky Park

The venue for Lewis’s Liverpool gig was strange to say the least. I’d never been to Croxteth Country Park before as it was quite out of the way from the city centre where I lived. And if you don’t know Liverpool, Croxteth isn’t the safest area either.

However, Lewis was to play with a full symphony orchestra for BBC Radio One and you can bet I was making sure that I would be there for my last night in the city.

The venue was a huge outdoor field that was to hold around 12,000 people. My friend and I arrived after 8pm and the place was pretty full with lots still arriving. We had thankfully missed the entrance queues so made our way in quickly and easily.

Somehow we made our way to the front of the stage even though we arrived late, with Scott Mills just finishing his DJ set. This was after being robbed of £21 for three tins of rosé wine.

The symphony performance

This was definitely a lot different to a lot of the concerts I’ve been to over the years. During my A Level Music, we attended a few orchestra performances in Belfast and other than being the youngest in the crowd, we were among the most bored too. I like listening to classical music sometimes, but to sit through over two hours of it is a different story.

However, when the orchestra began playing some of Lewis Capaldi’s music, it felt like we were in a movie and not standing in the middle of Croxteth in Liverpool. It was magical to say the least.

The gig was one of the best I’ve ever been to with the orchestra making it all that more special. I haven’t yet went looking for the online recording of the entire gig because I’m pretty sure my friend and I cried for the best part of it since it was our last night and Lewis Capaldi’s songs aren’t the most upbeat. And that’s not something I want to see on my laptop screen or I guess that anyone else wants to see.

Fourth time lucky?

Now that I’ve seen Lewis perform live three times, I’m still waiting for the next gig. Unfortunately I didn’t know where I was going to be when he released his next set of tour dates which seems to happen to me a lot recently.

But now that I do know where I’m going to be, I’ve looked at tickets on re-sale and they’re coming in at around £100. Yep, I’ll just write it here one more time that the first time I bought a ticket it was £12.50.

Maybe I’ll wait to see if I can win some free tickets like last year.


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