By That Festival Site | 27 June, 2023
Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi has made the difficult decision to withdraw from his highly anticipated performances at Splendour in the Grass and his 2023 Australia/New Zealand headline tour. Capaldi's choice stems from his commitment to prioritize his mental and physical well-being, ensuring a sustainable career in the music industry.
Following his recent appearance at Glastonbury Festival, where Capaldi displayed his musical talent alongside the challenges of his Tourette's Syndrome and vocal difficulties, the artist openly addressed his vocal struggles during his set. Despite the incredible support from his fans, Capaldi acknowledged that his voice was deteriorating, leading him to extend his break beyond Glastonbury.
In a statement released on June 27, Capaldi expressed deep remorse to his dedicated fanbase, announcing an indefinite hiatus from touring. Recognizing the impact of his Tourette's and the necessity of nurturing his mental and physical health, Capaldi emphasised the importance of taking time off to ensure his longevity in the music industry.
Originally slated to perform at Splendour in the Grass on July 21, where he was positioned beneath headliner Lizzo, Capaldi's decision to prioritize his well-being garnered understanding from festival organisers, Secret Sounds. Paul Piticco, co-CEO of Secret Sounds, empathetically acknowledged that Capaldi's health is paramount and encouraged fans to support his decision.
Ticket holders for Capaldi's Splendour in the Grass performance will be contacted by ticket vendor Moshtix regarding refund procedures. Furthermore, details regarding replacement acts and set times for Capaldi, Slowthai, and Rainbow Kitten Surprise, who also withdrew from the festival, will be unveiled in the upcoming week.
Capaldi's decision to prioritize his health serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of self-care within the demanding music industry. While disappointed, fans continue to extend unwavering support, understanding the significance of Capaldi's well-being. As Capaldi takes the necessary time to restore his physical and mental health, his admirers eagerly anticipate his triumphant return to the stage, ready to witness his heartfelt performances once more.