The initiative was set up after the Scottish musician received messages from fans thanking him for speaking candidly about his own experience of panic attacks in interviews.
Ahead of his latest UK tour, which kicked off at Manchester’s O2 Apollo on Monday (March 2), the star and his team founded Livelive as a way to give support to those attending the shows who might need it.
The scheme provides an email support service fans can use to find out about on-site facilities before a show, while at the gigs there will be a help desk with information on resources to help in the longer-term, a quiet space for those experiencing anxiety and panic attacks to regather themselves, and medical staff and trained mental health professionals available to give extra care.
Capaldi will also post meeting points for attendees to find gig buddies on his Instagram an hour before doors open. Speaking to the Guardian, co-founder Jack Williamson said: “People were saying, ‘Thank you – I feel less alone.’ Or, ‘I have social anxiety and that’s stopped me from coming to your shows.’ One in 10 people have anxiety, and we saw that there was an opportunity for us to provide that support for people.”
He added that the Livelive team hoped mental health support at gigs would become the norm in the future.
Volunteers from mental health organisations local to each show are brought in to help run the Livelive scheme each night, while 50p has been added to the cost of each ticket to raise funds. Any additional funding required is provided by Livelive.
Williamson said talks were being held with venues, promoters, and other musicians in the UK and US about adopting similar initiatives for their tours and shows. “Ultimately I don’t care who does it as long as it gets done,” he said. “In an ideal world this support would be available at any venue. Even if it only helps one person, it’s worth it.”
Capaldi’s tour continues tonight (March 6) at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro and will continue until March 15. The remaining tour dates are as follows:
6 – Glasgow, SSE Hydro
8 – Dublin, 3Arena
9 – Dublin, 3Arena
11 – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
12 – London, SSE Arena Wembley
13 – London, SSE Arena Wembley
15 – Aberdeen, P&J Live
For help and advice on mental health:
- ‘Am I depressed?‘ – Help and advice on mental health and what to do next
- Help Musicians UK – Around the clock mental health support and advice for musicians
- Music Support Org – Help and support for musicians struggling with alcoholism, addiction, or mental health issues
- YOUNG MINDS – The voice for young people’s health and wellbeing
- CALM – The Campaign Against Living Miserably for young men
- Time To Change – Let’s end mental health discrimination
- The Samaritans – Confidential support 24 hours a day