Lewis Capaldi, the Scottish singer-songwriter behind hits like “Someone You Loved” and “Before You Go”, has developed a massive fanbase in both the UK and the US thanks to his soulful voice and relatable lyrics. Many fans are wondering if Capaldi has any US tour dates scheduled for 2023 after he wraps up his recently announced UK arena tour.
Capaldi’s Recent Success
Capaldi first emerged in 2017 with his single “Bruises”, but it was his 2019 ballad “Someone You Loved” that truly launched him into stardom. The heartbreaking piano ballad spent seven weeks at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, eventually becoming the longest running top 10 single of all time by a British act in the US. Capaldi’s debut album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent was a huge success as well, selling over 2.5 million copies worldwide thanks to songs like “Before You Go” and “Hold Me While You Wait”.
In 2022, Capaldi released his long awaited second album Broken by Desire to Be Heavenly Sent, which debuted at #1 in the UK and reached the top 10 in the US. The emotional lead single “Forget Me” exemplified his talent for vulnerable songwriting. With two hit albums under his belt and an ever-growing transatlantic fanbase, demand for Capaldi’s live shows has skyrocketed.
Capaldi’s 2023 UK Tour Plans
In January 2023, Capaldi announced a massive arena tour across the UK in support of his new album. The tour kicks off on January 14th in Manchester and includes two shows each in London, Birmingham, and Glasgow before wrapping up in Aberdeen on March 4th. Many shows sold out instantly thanks to pre-sales and high demand.
“I’m so looking forward to getting back out on the road and performing for everyone. It’s been too long,” said Capaldi about the tour. Fans were excited to see Capaldi’s emotional songs translated into arena-sized live shows with his powerhouse vocals.
Possibility of 2023 US Tour Announcement
Many American fans were disappointed that Capaldi didn’t announce any US dates along with his UK tour. However, there is still a strong chance he will plan a full North American leg later in 2023.
Capaldi has said multiple times that he sees the US as his “second home” and that American audiences have supported him massively from the start. His first major US TV appearance was on Jimmy Fallon in 2019, which helped propel “Someone You Loved” up the charts. He also toured the US extensively that same year, selling out mid-size venues.
Given that Capaldi hasn’t properly toured the US since 2019 and his popularity has grown even more, it’s highly likely he’ll plan a major US tour for late 2023 after he finishes the run of UK dates. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but fans are eagerly awaiting an announcement.
Potential US Tour Venues and Stops
If Capaldi does tour the US in 2023, fans can expect him to book much larger venues than his last tour. Arenas like New York’s Madison Square Garden, Los Angeles’ Staples Center, and Chicago’s United Center seem very possible given his breakthrough success over the last two years.
Capaldi will most likely hit major markets on both coasts along with Midwest cities he has cultivated large fanbases in. A potential routing could include:
- New York City
- Washington DC
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
- San Diego
He may also plan a few stops in the Southwest, Pacific Northwest, and Florida if the routing makes sense. Given his rapid success in the past few years, nearly every major US market would likely have significant demand to host a Capaldi concert in 2023.
High Likelihood of Fall US Tour
Though no dates have been revealed yet, the most strategic time for a US tour would be in the Fall of 2023 after Capaldi finishes his UK run in early March. He can use the Spring to rest and plan the US shows, then drum up anticipation over the Summer before probably announcing the tour in August or September.
Late 2023 timing would line up perfectly with the peak popularity of his new album, which dropped in January 2023. Singles like “Forget Me” will still be getting radio play and touring will further boost sales and streams heading into the holidays.
Fall also makes sense from an industry standpoint, as he would avoid competing with the glut of major summer stadium tours from artists like Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, and Dead & Company. October through December offers more ideal touring conditions in most US cities as well.
Unless Capaldi makes a surprise announcement earlier in 2023, fans should look for a major US arena tour that runs from around October through December later this year.
How Capaldi Could Announce the US Tour
So when and how will American fans find out the details of Capaldi’s likely US tour this Fall? There are a few likely scenarios we could see play out:
US Tour Announcement at Last UK Show
One possibility is that Capaldi surprises fans by announcing the US dates at the very end of his UK tour in early March. As the final UK show wraps in Aberdeen, he could share a video montage announcing the US tour coming later that year. This would build hype right away following his UK run.
Teaser Announcements Over the Summer
Instead of announcing all the US dates at once, Capaldi may opt to tease out details throughout the Spring and Summer. This could involve announcing a few tour dates periodically, like revealing the New York and LA stops months apart to keep fans engaged.
Full Announcement in Late Summer
If Capaldi wants to build maximum anticipation all at once, a full scale announcement in late Summer makes the most sense. He could plan a blowout press release and ticket sale in August or September to reveal all 20+ US dates, venues, and special guests at the same time.
This type of announcement timed with a strong media push seems like the most likely approach to generate buzz and ensure quick ticket sales. Fans should keep an eye out for US tour details in August and beyond.
How Quickly US Tour Will Sell Out
No matter when or how Capaldi announces the US tour, it’s highly likely that most shows will sell out very quickly. His immense recent popularity and lack of proper US touring since 2019 will create sky-high demand.
Many UK dates on his forthcoming arena tour were gone within minutes, even with pre-sales staggering ticket availability. Unless Capaldi books absolutely massive US stadiums, which is unlikely, fans will have to act fast once tickets go on sale.
Major markets like New York and Los Angeles will almost certainly sell out in seconds. Even mid-sized cities could have a frenzy of fans vying for tickets all at once. VIP packages and pre-sales will help manage demand, but Capaldi’s US tour will still be one of the hottest tickets of 2023.
How Much US Tour Tickets Will Cost
Seeing Lewis Capaldi live in the US on his first proper arena tour will not come cheap. Looking at ticket prices for his 2023 UK shows gives a good baseline for estimating costs:
- London – £50-£85 ($60-$100)
- Manchester – £45-£85 ($55-$100)
- Glasgow – £45-£75 ($55-$90)
Given Capaldi’s growth since his last US run, he can justify even higher prices in major US cities. Fans can expect to pay at least $75-$125 for entry level seats in most arenas. Floor tickets will likely start between $150-$200, with front row VIP packages potentially exceeding $500+ in huge markets.
While expensive, these prices are reasonable given Capaldi’s popularity and the demand to see him live. Few other concerts will generate the same level of excitement in 2023.
One of the biggest perks of seeing Capaldi live will be getting to hear hits from both of his chart-topping albums. Along with the mandatory smash “Someone You Loved”, he’ll likely pull from fan favorites like:
- “Before You Go”
- “Hold Me While You Wait”
And from his newest record, singles like “Forget Me” and “Pointless” seem like locks along with album cuts such as “The Way You Said Goodbye” and “Love is a Laserquest”.
For covers, Lizzo’s “All By Myself” and Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” have been staples of Capaldi’s past tours. He may also work in some surprises from artists who have influenced him like Bon Iver, Fleetwood Mac, and James Bay. Fans are undoubtedly in for an unforgettable night of live favorites and emotional singalongs.
Stage Production and Special Guests
Capaldi’s concerts are defined by his incredible vocals and stripped back ballads rather than over-the-top staging and effects. He lets his songs speak for themselves.
However, he will likely enhance his feelings-packed performances with evocative lighting, intimate backdrops, and other subtle yet immersive visuals. The focus will remain Capaldi at the piano or with his guitar.
There is always a chance Capaldi invites a special guest or two during the tour as well. Fellow Brit Sam Smith seems like one strong possibility, as the vocal powerhouses could collaborate on their global smash “Like I Love You”. Capaldi joining Smith or Niall Horan on stage also can’t be ruled out.
Lewis Capaldi confirming a major 2023 US arena tour seems imminent given his huge success over the past few years. American fans who missed out seeing him live in small clubs back in 2019 will finally get their chance in the Fall.
The tour promises to be one of the hottest tickets of the year. Shows will sell out instantly thanks to Capaldi’s once-in-a-generation vocals and relatable songwriting. Those lucky enough to secure seats will be treated to his catalog of heartfelt hits new and old.
Dream setlists packed with fan favorites, the potential for special guests, and Capaldi’s breathtaking raw performances make this a can’t-miss concert event for 2023. The countdown is on for American fans eagerly awaiting tour details and the chance to see Lewis Capaldi embark on his next chapter live in arenas nationwide.