Singer Lewis Capaldi makes surprise onstage appearance

  • 14/07/2023

Scottish singer Lewis Capaldi has made a surprise appearance on stage after announcing a break from performing to focus on his health.

Capaldi made his first public appearance at British pop band The Vamps’ Kew The Music show in London on Wednesday (local time).

While the appearance was brief, it made fans go into a frenzy.

During the encore of the pop group's gig, Capaldi emerged from the side of the stage to hug frontman Bradley Will Simpson. The pair embraced each other, with Simpson wrapping his legs around Capaldi.

They could be seen having a quick chat with each other then Simpson came back under the spotlight and carried on with the set.

The moment stunned fans who took to social media to express their shock.

"I still can't believe we saw Lewis Capaldi too," one person tweeted.

"Looked away for a second and suddenly Brad was koala hugging Lewis Capaldi side stage while nobody knew Lewis Capaldi was even in London let alone at The Vamps at Kew Gardens," another tweeted.

The singer announced last month that he would be taking a break from performing live to focus on his health and his recent Tourette's Syndrome diagnosis.

The news came after an emotional headlining performance at Glastonbury in the UK where the singer was overcome by his tics.

The crowd helped him sing 'Someone You Loved' as he lost his voice. After the show, Capaldi took 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. 

"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 was due to play at Auckland's Spark Arena on July 18 and Wellington's TSB Arena on July 19.