Lewis Capaldi has announced details of his debut album, along with a new string of UK and world tour dates.
The Scottish singer will release the lavishly named ‘Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent’ on May 17 – and has announced the record in an inspired message to his fans.
“I’m absolutely buzzing to finally be able to announce my debut album,” said Capaldi. “I never thought I’d get to the point where I’d be able to release a proper album and I ABSOLUTELY never thought that when I did, I would give it a name as stupid I have, but here we are.
“Everyone always tells you about how amazing recording their first album was and how they’ll always look back on the ‘process’ with fond memories. I will look back on it as an extremely stressful time that somehow also managed to be extremely boring. The actual process of building the songs up I loved, but recording the same guitar parts over and over again to get them right and going back on mixes for weeks, I did not.
He continued: “I hope people don’t think it’s shit. I mean don’t get me wrong there will be one or two stinkers on there, but I’m only human and we all make mistakes, but as a whole I think it’s pretty fucking good. I’m excited for it to be released and have people finally be able to hear a full body of work from me for the first time.
“Should it bomb completely or receive an absolute critical lambasting, don’t worry, it’s just my life’s work up until this point…..”
No pressure then… He’ll also take the record on the road across the UK and Ireland in November. Tickets will go on sale from 10am on Friday February 22 and you can view the dates in full below.
22 – Ulster Hall, Belfast
23 – Academy, Manchester
25 – O2 Academy, Birmingham
26 – O2 Academy, Bristol
28 – O2 Guildhall, Southampton
29 – O2 Academy Brixton, London
30 – Norwich, UEA
2 – Rock City, Nottingham
3 – O2 Academy, Sheffield
5 – Usher Hall, Edinburgh
7&8 – O2 Academy, Glasgow
Last year, Capaldi also told NME how his career was influenced by other Scottish acts in a similar vein to himself – including Paolo Nutini.