Lewis Capaldi cancels remainder of world tour, including upcoming New Zealand shows

Lewis Capaldi has cancelled his upcoming New Zealand shows in Auckland and Wellington - as well as the rest of his world tour - to focus on his health.

The Scottish singer was forced off stage at Glastonbury at the weekend due to a flare up of his Tourette's. He had been due to perform at Auckland's Spark Arena on Tuesday, July 18 and Wellington's TSB Arena on Wednesday, July 19.

On Saturday (UK time), the 'Forget Me' singer was at the Glastonbury festival in the UK as a headline act but was overcome by his tics and lost his voice.

He then told the crowd he may take the rest of the year off to recover, having already had a three-week break prior to the Glastonbury performance to recover from constant touring and continual outbreaks of his Tourette's Syndrome.

Capaldi, 26, has taken to social media saying he used to be able to enjoy performing but what happened at the weekend shows he needs to spend more time getting his health in order. 

He said he'll be taking a break from touring for the "foreseeable future".

"The truth is I'm still learning to adjust to the impact of my Tourette's and on Saturday it became obvious that I need to spend much more time getting my mental and physical health in order, so I can keep doing everything I love for a long time to come," he said in an emotional statement.

"I'm so incredibly sorry to everyone who had planned to come to a show before the end of the year but I need to feel well to perform at the standard you all deserve.

"Playing for you every night is all I've ever dreamed of so this has been the most difficult decision of my life. I'll be back as soon as I possibly can."

Capaldi's promoters in New Zealand Live Nation confirmed the news on their website, saying the gigs were "no longer proceeding". 

"As he mentioned on stage at Glastonbury on the weekend, Lewis Capaldi is taking some time off and has now confirmed that he will not make it to  New Zealand next month for his sold-out run of headline tour dates due to health reasons," a statement on their website said.

It also added tickets will be automatically refunded and patrons "do not need to take any action".

In September 2022, the hitmaker went public about his Tourette's Syndrome diagnosis because he didn't want people to notice his tics and think he had a substance abuse problem.

However, on the weekend, Capaldi lost his voice and was overcome by tics during his hit 'Someone You Loved'.

The crowd took over the singing for Capaldi, while footage shared online showed the singer looking despondent as his health issues appeared to have gotten the better of him.

He was last in Aotearoa in early 2020.