Live review: Lewis Capaldi at the Al Majaz Amphitheatre in Sharjah

The Scottish singer-songwriter gave an impressive performance

Live review: Lewis Capaldi at the Al Majaz Amphitheatre in Sharjah

He’s already been nominated for BRIT, Grammy and MTV awards, despite releasing his first EP just three years ago. He sold out his entire UK and Ireland tour in just minutes, and has recently been described as equally as handsome as Justin Bieber and Shawn Mendes (admittedly, by himself).

And Lewis Capaldi certainly lived up to the hype at his concert at the Al Majaz Amphitheatre in Sharjah last night (January 17).

From the very beginning the crowd knew they were in for a laugh, with the Scottish singer-songwriter walking on stage to Spandau Ballet’s True and one of the tracks from Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.

The bits didn’t stop there, with Capaldi using just the right amount of self-deprecating humour to express his genuine bafflement that he had sold out all 3,000 seats – but the rest of the show proved exactly why he deserves all of his success, and more.

Capaldi’s powerful voice really shone at the Al Majaz venue, and the atmosphere among the crowd was electric, with everyone singing along and jumping out of their seats (with one avid group of fans even waving a Scottish flag throughout the night).

At one point, the audience was so enthusiastic about the hit track Hold Me While You Wait that he was forced to stop mid-song as the clapping was drowning him out.

You can’t ignore the disconnect between Capaldi’s hilarious persona and the emotional break-up tracks he produces (and neither could he, joking that hit track Hollywood was a “deceptively happy sad song”), but it’s exactly why his concerts are so enjoyable, and why he’s destined to be a superstar.

If we had one criticism of the night, it would be that we simply didn’t get enough Capaldi – but we can’t fault him for only having one album so far.

We can’t wait for him to return to the UAE again soon.

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