Scottish singer/songwriter Lewis Capaldi began creating a buzz in early 2017 with the release of his debut single, “Bruises,” a brooding exploration of a failed relationship that introduced his intimate piano and vocal sound. On the strength of his lone single, the Bathgate native sold out legendary Glasgow club King Tut’s and notched millions of Spotify streams before dropping his follow-up single, the equally stark “Lost on You,” later that summer. After signing with Virgin Records, Capaldi included both songs on his debut EP, Bloom, and capped off his banner year with a Scottish Music Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year. The front half of 2018 was spent touring in North America and Europe in advance of his next single, “Rush,” featuring Jessie Reyez. “Tough” followed a few months later.
In May 2018 Capaldi joined Sam Smith on his European Arena tour opening for Smith over 19 dates. He followed this by announcing a 4th headline UK & European tour in as many months, this time playing 2000 capacity venues across the UK and Europe, including two nights at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom, both shows sold out within minutes of going on-sale.