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Wilderness Scotland Welcomes Back International Travelers

Scotland’s wide-open and pristine wilderness has been a haven for Scottish locals to safely recharge during this time of social distancing and closed borders. Now Wilderness Scotland, Scotland’s #1 adventure travel company, is eager to welcome back international travelers to explore Scotland’s spectacular scenery and remote landscapes. While the borders may still be closed, increased vaccination rates in the U.S., Canada, the U.K, and elsewhere, and downgraded travel advisories are building anticipation of an impending return to travel.

The adventure travel company has spent the past year refining their immersive adventure and cultural experiences and their new Scotland is Yours campaign is focused on a return to travel and the chance to once again welcome visitors.

International travelers can begin planning their journeys to explore Scotland, from Cairngorms National Park to Outer Hebrides & St. Kilda. Wilderness Scotland will be ready to welcome travelers when it’s safe to do so and has many new and classic 2021 and 2022 adventures to choose from.

“The Scottish wilderness is defined by wide-open spaces, serene landscapes and plenty of room to stretch out. It is the ideal place for visitors to reengage their senses, reawaken their soul and reconnect with people and places after so much time apart,” says Stevie Christie, Wilderness Scotland Head of Adventure. “At Wilderness Scotland we are committed to safely welcoming visitors back to make sure their first trip away from home in over a year is as rewarding and memorable as it is safe and secure.”

To make booking easy, Wilderness Scotland offers flexible booking options, including lifetime deposits, as well as postponement and cancellation options. In the great outdoors little has changed over the last year, however, the trip experience has also been adapted to meet this moment in travel, with procedures following government advice, as well as guidance from the Adventure Travel Trade Association and Wild Scotland, the trade association for active and nature-based travel in the country.

Wilderness Scotland’s most popular return to travel trips (so far):

Inquiries and bookings are certainly on the rise, with travelers showing the most interest in classic, bucket list experiences in Scotland’s furthest reaches such as the Orkney Islands in the far north. The adventure travel company’s newly launched 2021 adventures, which have been carefully crafted to make lifelong memories for this return to travel, are also of high interest for new travel bookings. Here is a sampling of Wilderness Scotland’s most in-demand trips in 2021 so far:

New for 2021! Road Cycling Scotland’s National Parks 

On this trip, you’ll discover the best routes through the mountains and alongside lochs and rivers. Ride past ancient castles, standing stones and other fascinating monuments to Scotland’s rich history. As one of the UK’s best destinations for food and drink, every meal is a highlight and you’ll be sure of the warmest of welcomes in the local places we’ll visit along the way.

Trip Highlights:

  • Journey between Scotland’s National Parks on some of the best cycle routes in the UK
  • Ride through beautiful mountains, lochs and rivers on superbly scenic and quiet roads
  • The best of Highland hospitality in locally-owned hotels, restaurants and pubs

For information on price, inclusions and available dates, click here.

The Orkney Islands are an archipelago of some 70 small islands and skerries (reef or rocky islands) due north of the Scottish mainland and renowned for their history and local food and drink. Walking the Orkney Islands means seeing the ancient landscapes, rare flora such as the Scottish Primrose Primula and spectacularly weathered sea cliffs with some of the largest seabird colonies in the Northern Isles, slowly, up close and in vivid detail.

Trip Highlights:

  • Discover wild walks, ancient landscapes and rugged sea cliffs on the walking holiday of a lifetime
  • Experience the rich natural and cultural heritage of the Orkneys in the company of our knowledgeable guides
  • Enjoy Orcadian hospitality and fresh local produce at our stylish accommodation in a historic guest house

For information on price, inclusions and available dates, click here.

Joining a West Highland Way guided walking holiday allows you to fully appreciate the stunning scenery, learn about the area’s history and legends, as well as identify the flora and fauna along the route.

Trip Highlights:

  • Take on the challenge of Scotland’s most famous and one of the world’s iconic long distance trails – the West Highland Way
  • Immerse yourself in the landscape as you walk through the beautiful landscapes of Loch Lomond, Rannoch Moor and Glencoe

For information on price, inclusions and available dates, click here.

For more information on Wilderness Scotland’s reopening, experiences and booking policies, please visit www.wildernessscotland.com or call 1-844-235-6240.

For details on Wilderness Scotland’s Travel Planning and Advice in response to Covid-19, please click here.

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KILT VS TROUSERS – A LONG BATTLE

Are you confused about what you should wear at the next Scottish event you attend? Well, you are at the right place. Here, you will find everything that you need to know before the event regarding kilts for men and trousers. Many Scottish men point out that real men should put on kilts, but younger generations may be more flexible in their wardrobe choices. For example, Jaden Smith is known to rock a kilt on occasion. Of course, the choice differs from person to person–not all of us like the same food, do we? No! Similarly, some may like the kilt and others prefer trousers. Let’s discuss the pros and cons of each, so that you can decide which is most appropriate to wear for your upcoming event.

Men’s Kilts

A kilt is among the earliest and most popular types of Scottish apparel. Men, and even kings, have worn kilts since hundreds of years ago; and they are still a popular part of Scottish culture today. Many men and women–even those who are not located in Scotland–wear kilts as they are a comfortable and versatile part of their wardrobe. So, let’s see exactly why they love wearing kilts so much.

Trousers/Pants

Everyone prefers wearing pants–until the first time they try wearing a kilt for a day. Pants are everywhere in modern fashion, because according to the modern generation, kilts are considered very girlish. We have simply accepted trousers, but the following discussion is going to make pant-wearers reconsider their thoughts.

Comparing Kilts & Trousers

1- Comfort

No matter if you’re wearing a traditional Scottish kilt or a modern utility kilt, it will make you feel pleasantly surprised by its comfortability. In comparison, trousers make you feel bunched up  and limit your movements. Compared to the limited movements trousers allow, your legs get complete freedom to move in kilts.

2- Keeps You Cool in Summer

Kilts keep you cool when the weather is hot, but you may not realize this until you compare wearing both kilts and trousers in the hot climate. You’ll feel your legs drenched in sweat in trousers, whereas kilts keep you unbelievably cool, if you choose the fabric accordingly. When it comes to choosing the most breathable and summer-friendly kilt fabric, you should avoid heavy wool that’s used for traditional Scottish or Irish kilts. Instead, try a sport utility kilt made from a lightweight cotton blend for the most breathable feel.

3. Time Limitation

You can’t wear the same pair of trousers you run errands in to go to a formal event, can you? No! Unlike trousers, there’s no such limitation with the kilts. You can wear kilts anywhere and anytime, as long as you pair it with the appropriate accessories and shoes.

4. In Terms of Health

According to the Scottish Medical Journal, men who wear kilts regularly show better sperm quality and fertility when they plan to have a child. Although there’s not a lot of research-based scientific evidence on the topic, it can be something to be considered.

5. Makes You Feel Good About Yourself

Surprisingly, men’s kilts can have positive effects on men’s mental health, making them feel an improved sense of masculinity and pride. According to the Scottish Medical Journal, psychological benefits like these can help men feel more confident. Kilts give men the confidence they need to achieve their personal, as well as relationship, goals. Kilts may help men grow as a person. If you’re suffering from a lack of confidence, I’d suggest you try wearing a kilt–you may be surprised by the positive changes.

Benefits of the Kilt

●      Adjustable fit: kilts allow you to adjust their size according to natural body changes and/or preferred comfortability.

●      No bunching & bending: No more bunching and bending in clothing material will allow you to feel relaxed and free.

●      Keeps you cool in summer and warm in winter: Kilts can keep you cool in summer and maintain your body heat in winter, depending on the fabric. Especially in the summers, kilts can help make a hot summer’s day even more fun. Kilts are a perfect choice for any weather.

●      Health: The design of kilts provide the most breathable option for an outfit. The ventilation helps keep your private parts’ temperature regulated, which can lead to higher sperm counts and higher fertility. A kilt also looks attractive­­, which will keep your partners’ attention on you and, in turn, helps maintaining your relationship goals.

Benefits of Wearing Trousers

●      Trousers are appropriate in all situations. We cannot deny the fact that kilts can be inappropriate to wear in some specific places (usually due to religious or cultural differences,) so trousers come to the rescue.

●      Freedom of movement: Just in case you have to stand on your head, there is no risk of indecent exposure with your trousers, unlike kilts.

●      Keep your calves warm: Long pants cover your calves. We can’t deny the fact that trousers beat out kilts when it comes to keeping your calves warm.

●      Health: An advantage of trouser is that long pants can keep your legs safe from harmful UV rays.

Conclusion

No one can tell whether kilts or trousers are better, as it differs from person to person. In my opinion, it shouldn’t matter which you choose, but you should consider trying on both garments. If you haven’t at least tried a kilt before, you should give it a shot. Once you do, it is likely that you may never want to turn back. In the end, whichever makes you feel more comfortable, confident, and happy is what you should wear. 

Bow Anderson Heavy

Bow Anderson – Heavy

Rising singer-songwriter Bow Anderson releases at home live videos of her songs “Sweater” and “Heavy.” Simply accompanied only by a guitarist, her butter voice is gorgeous in this stripped-down version of the two hits. Bow, the bold, frank, Scottish pop artist, seamlessly blends her passion for the bombast of 1960s soul music with modern R&B in “Sweater” and “Heavy.” Her first single “Sweater” has already amassed over a million streams on Spotify, and “Heavy” is Bow’s newest release. Now, you can enjoy the live versions of Bow’s hits at home.

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Lewis Capaldi – Bruises

After topping the U.K. Official Singles chart for a nearly unprecedented seven weeks, Lewis Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved” is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in its 24th consecutive week on the tally and the first No. 1 single from a debut U.K. artist since February 2016.

In addition, “Someone You Loved” is No. 1 on the U.S. Top 40 Radio chart for the second week running, spent 2 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot AC Radio chart, No. 1 on the U.S. Shazam chart for the eighth consecutive week and hit top 5 on the U.S. Spotify chart. Worldwide streams of the track are approaching two billion. Already certified Platinum by the RIAA, “Someone You Loved” has now earned 2.5 million equivalent song units in the U.S. It is certified Platinum or greater in a total of 18 countries. Watch the official video HERE

The 23-year-old Scottish singer-songwriter recently performed on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”  He made his U.S. late night television debut on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” in June. The following week, he performed “Someone You Loved” on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” and, in a first for the show, Corden invited Capaldi back to perform for a second night in a row. Capaldi recently wrapped a sold-out headline tour of North America and his March 2020 tour of the UK and Ireland sold out in mere seconds, making him the first artist in history to sell out arenas prior to the release of a debut album. Full itinerary can be found here.

Capaldi’s debut album, Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent, is the fastest selling UK debut of 2019 with 90,000 albums sold in the first week. To date, it has sold over 1.5 million adjusted albums worldwide and combined global streams now exceed 2.6 billion.

Earlier this month, Capaldi released the four-track Bruises EP, which includes the album version of “Bruises” plus a Live Orchestral Version, a guitar acoustic and the Steve Void Remix. Watch the official video for “Bruises” HERE. After Capaldi self-released “Bruises” two years ago, he became the fastest unsigned artist to reach 25 million plays on Spotify.

Robert Christgau, reviewing for Noisey, awarded Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent an A- and hailed it as “a feat of uncommon emotional intelligence.” The Los Angeles Times says, “Capaldi uses his powerful chest voice to reach the cheap seats. In the weathered grain of his singing, you can hear a performer capable of turning pain into beauty.” Stereogum declares, “Capaldi is establishing himself as a Stateside force…sending shivers down millions of spines whenever he switches into performance mode,” TIME says, “Lewis Capaldi has the kind of deep, textured voice that you could listen to for hours,” and the Associated Press raves, “Capaldi’s album (hits) you in the gut with piercing lyrics anchored by his gravelly voice…packed with emotion and passion.”

Capaldi was hailed as a 2018 Vevo DSCVR Artist To Watch and a 2019 Vevo LIFT Artist, longlisted for the BBC Sound Of 2018 Poll, and won Breakthrough Artist of the Year honors at the Scottish Music Awards. He was nominated for the BRIT Awards Critics’ Choice award and named an MTV UK PUSH Ones To Watch artist. Capaldi has toured with Ed Sheeran, The Killers, Bastille, Rag’n’Bone Man, Niall Horan, and Sam Smith, and performed at such festivals as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Firefly, Mountain Jam, Splendour in the Grass, Fuji, and Osheaga.

International Whisky Day

3 Countries, 3 Whiskies, 1 Day — International Whisk(e)y Day

Raise your favorite glass on March 27 and sip on some of the best whiskies from around world. Whether you’re a traditional Scotch whisky drinker or are looking to explore something new like premium whisky from India or France, understanding the history about the countries distilling the spirit makes it an even more fulfilling experience.

  • INDIA – Whiskies from India have been gaining popularity in the past few years and for good reason. With India having a predominantly warmer climate, the maturation process is much faster as compared to other countries like Scotland — some say 4x faster!
    • The Indian Whisky To Try: Rampur Indian Single Malt Whisky (SRP: $70) knows there’s much more to the equation than age when it comes to creating a memorable expression. Nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas in the Indian city of Rampur, the spirit has a distinctive flavor profile replete with vanilla, honey, spices, and dried fruits. The spice is balanced but still present and representative of a premium-quality single malt whisky; to be savored neat or on the rocks.
  • FRANCE – In the land of Cognac, whisky you ask? The French have actually been distilling whisky for centuries and consuming it too! French Whiskies are often characterized by notes replete of fruit-forward flavor.
    • The French Whisky To Try: Bastille 1789 (SRP: $39.99) – Bright orange and amber in color, Bastille has intriguing aromas of orange marmalade, dried apricot, spice cake, pineapple blossoms and suede with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long accented finish. A remarkably fruity, exotic and enigmatic whisky that will make for a fabulous Old-Fashioned.
  • SCOTLAND – Not much needs to be said about Scotch whisky. As one of the most popular categories in the world, some scotches are flavored heavily by peat and smoke while others are light and fruity.
    • The Scotch Whisky To Try: The Famous Grouse (SRP: $29.99) is ranked number one by volume in Scotland for a reason. All at an affordable price, Famous Grouse offers candied fruits and buttery shortbread on the nose, with flavors of cinnamon and ginger, dried fruits and oak. Stir it in a Hot Toddy or enjoy it on the rocks, this whiskey will be your go-to after a long day, and a staple of bartenders around the world.

Rolex × Monterey Car Week

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Presented by Rolex Fast Facts:

  • 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta owned by David and Ginny Sydorick claimed the Best In Show Award at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
  • Other finalists for Best In Show were a 1929 Duesenberg J Murphy Town Limousine owned by the Lehrman Collection of Palm Beach, Florida; and a 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Figoni Fastback Coupé owned by Robert Kudela of Chropyne, Czech Republic.
  • David was awarded a steel and yellow gold Rolex Datejust 41.
  • “This car is one of only five built and it has recently been completely restored, taking a huge amount of effort and dedication from all those involved,” said Sydorick. “It feels great to win at Pebble Beach today and receive a Rolex watch, I look forward to wearing it proudly.”
  • Rolex has been a sponsor of the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance since 1997 and the Tour d’ Elegance in 2007.
  • 234 cars participated in this year’s show.
  • Following the judging, nine-time Le Mans winner and Rolex testimonee Tom Kristensen said: “The collection of historic automobiles and world-renowned concept cars at Pebble Beach creates an event like no other. It has been a privilege to be part of the judging team, and to get so close to these amazing machines and meet their owners. The Best of Show Award represents excellence and timeless elegance – values that I closely identify with Rolex – while recognizing and preserving the greatest cars in the world. This event is an absolute must for all car lovers.”
  • Cars competed in 27 judged classes as well as for four Elegance awards and 22 special awards.
  • Other show highlights included a 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Windovers Limousine owned by His Highness Maharaja Gaj Singhji of Marwar-Jodhpur, Jodhpur, India, that won the Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy and a 1937 Cadillac Series 90 Hartmann Cabriolet owned by Jim Patterson of Louisville, Kentucky, which won its class and the Gwenn Graham Most Elegant Convertible Elegance Award.

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Fast Facts:

  • 551 genuine and period-correct competition cars competed.
  • Nissan, and its US predecessor Datsun, was celebrated throughout the event, as the brand became the first Japanese manufacturer to be honored at the Reunion.
  • Since 2001, Rolex has partnered in this cornerstone event during Monterey Car Week, united by values of tradition and innovation that have shaped the watchmaking and automotive worlds.
  • During Picnic in the Paddock, legends of the sport, Sir Jackie Stewart, fellow Rolex Testimonee Tom Kristensen and FIA Formula 1® Drivers’ World Champion Mika Häkkinen, recounted motoring anecdotes that will live long in the memories of those who attended.
  • Rolex Testimonee Sir Jackie Stewart first competed at Laguna Seca in 1965 and this year celebrates a 50-year partnership with the Swiss watch brand. The Scottish legend said: “It is an honor to witness these incredible motor racing cars compete as they were built to; from the early 20th Century right the way through to the 1990s, they truly tell the story of the heritage and evolution in our sport. The highest standards of precision and engineering on show link Rolex and the Reunion, while underlining Rolex’s commitment to motor sport globally.”
  • Nissan’s long-term involvement in motor sport was exhibited, from the 1971 Datsun 510, to the Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo – the 1994 Rolex 24 At DAYTONA winner – and the 2019 Formula E Nissan racing car.
  • Notable Nissan drivers and team owners were present, including John Morton, Peter Brock and Steve Millen, along with comedian Adam Carolla who drove his 300ZX Turbo formerly owned by Paul Newman.
  • Meanwhile, legendary chassis from Lotus, Lola, McLaren, AAR and Surtees formed part of the 50th anniversary of Formula 5000.

ONR. RELEASES “LOVE IN SUBURBIA”

June 15, 2018 – Hollywood, CA – Today, enigmatic Scottish newcomer ONR. unveils his brand new single “Love In Suburbia”: LISTEN HERE.

Continuing a hot streak of off-kilter alternative anthems, the critically acclaimed artist delivers dance floor-ready rhythms, uproarious distorted guitars, and a refrain worthy of fists-in-the-air on the track. “Love In Suburbia” shuffles from shimmering synths into a stadium-size chant evocative of the lyrical vision and leaves aftershocks of pop bliss. The song follows his single “AMERICAN GODS, which earned praise from Idolator, Village Voice, Baeble, and more.

This week, ONR. made his U.S. live debut with a sold-out headline show at San Francisco’s Popscene. He is now on tour with Mondo Cozmo for a string of dates on the East Coast. Check out the remaining itinerary below.

Overseas, ONR. is receiving overwhelming support from BBC Music Introducing, a platform which has helped launched the careers of artists like Ed Sheeran, George Ezra, Florence + the Machine, James Bay, Catfish and the Bottlemen, and more. Between performances at The Great Escape and The Biggest Weekend festivals in the UK, ONR. also took part in the Biggest Weekend Fringe Tour which highlights four up-and-coming artists. After his performance in Brighton, BBC wrote, “ONR. turned Brighton’s Paganini Ballroom into an all-out rave.”

Born in Glasgow and raised between the Scottish Highlands and southern Scotland, ONR. spent his formative years idolizing Elton John, Kate Bush, Freddie Mercury, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie and obsessing over George Orwell’s dystopian classic 1984—coincidentally written in Scotland. He found inspiration in the ability of each to shift perspectives and unlock a higher realm and continues to draw inspiration from more modern rock innovators like Arcade Fire, Mondo Cozmo, Interpol and The Killers. Now, the artist’s own manifesto unfolds with his new tracks and forthcoming debut EP coming soon.

TOUR DATES WITH MONDO COZMO:

6/19 Philadelphia, PA The Foundry at The Fillmore

6/20 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall

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“…ONR. establishes his status as a musical force of unparalleled talent.”

Huffington Post

“Anthemic and acutely aware…as if your favorite 80’s pop band a la Depeche Mode was in the middle of an existential crisis.”

LADYGUNN

“ONR.’s ‘AMERICAN GODS’ sounds like a cross between Duran Duran & A-ha, which is obviously a very good thing.”

Idolator

“Arena-ready synth rock that builds until it’s ready to punch–and leaves you breathless once it does.”

Substream Magazine

Lewis Capaldi

“Lewis Capaldi has the kind of deep, textured voice that you could listen to for hours. He finds expressive rough edges, then smoothes them out into the sweetest of notes…Capaldi’s talent is tugging at heartstrings – or rather, pulling at them with all his vocal might.” -TIME

Scottish singer and songwriter Lewis Capaldi premieres the live video for his new single — “Tough” — today. Watch it HERE.

“I’ve wanted to release this song from the moment I finished writing it,” Capaldi says of “Tough,” which he co-wrote, and was co-produced by Jonathan Quamby (Benjamin Clementine, Jacob Banks), and Spike Stent (Ed Sheeran, Florence & The Machine, Frank Ocean). “For me it’s a song about trying to move on after a relationship. I was coming from a place where the worst was over in terms of missing someone and being heartbroken. I was one hundred percent ready to move on, but there are still these remnants of that person hanging around in the back of my mind. So the song is about getting on with things, wrestling with your head, and trying to get to a point where you can find normality and learn to be on your own again.”

Last week, Capaldi launched his sold out U.S. headline tour and performed at Bonnaroo and LaureLive over the weekend. He will also perform at Firefly, Mountain Jam, Splendour in the Grass, Fuji, Lollapalooza, Osheaga, Reading and Leeds, and the Austin City Limits Festival. Lewis has previously toured with Rag’n’Bone Man, Niall Horan, and Sam Smith. Please see below for all U.S. dates. For international tour dates, visit: http://www.lewiscapaldi.com/

Twenty-one year-old Capaldi was hailed as a 2018 Vevo Dscvr Artist To Watch, longlisted for the BBC Sound Of 2018 Poll, and won Breakthrough Artist of the Year honors at the Scottish Music Awards. His 2017 debut EP, Bloom, has over 175 million streams worldwide. Bloom features “Bruises,” a track that showcases his nimble vocal ability, as he effortlessly slips between smooth baritone, gravelly mid-tone, and haunting falsetto with pinpoint accuracy. It shot to No. 1 on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist and has over 100 million combined streams globally.

Lewis Capaldi’s upcoming U.S. tour dates are as follows:

06/12  Chicago, IL                  Park West (w/ Rag & Bone Man)

06/13  Detroit, MI                 Majestic Theatre (w/ Rag & Bone Man)

06/14  Dover, DE                   Firefly Music Festival

06/15  Hunter, NY                 Mountain Jam Festival

06/16  Washington, DC         DC9

06/19  Philadelphia, PA         World Café Live

06/20  Allston, MA                Great Scott

06/21  New York, NY            Bowery Ballroom

08/03  Chicago, IL                  Lollapalooza

10/05  Austin, TX                   Austin City Limits Festival

What critics are saying about Lewis Capaldi:

“Lewis Capaldi has captivated listeners with his soulful voice…(and) has had a meteoric rise since his single “Bruises” went viral earlier this year,” -Billboard

“Lewis Capaldi is generating some huge buzz with ‘Fade.’ Produced by Malay (Frank Ocean’s long-time collaborator), the emotional ballad showcases the 20-year-old Scot’s powerful pipes and knack for insightful lyrics. It goes without saying that he’s One To Watch.” -Idolator

“The latest in Lewis Capaldi’s growing list of accolades is (‘Rush’) his collaboration with Jessie Reyez,

an unlikely pairing that capitalizes on both artists’ uncanny ability to convey the most raw, real emotion in their lyrics and passionate vocals. -Ones To Watch

British singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi (is) emerging in the scene quickly… Once you listen to his music, it will all make sense…beautiful ballad (‘Lost On You’) will break your heart. -Baeble

Download/stream “Tough” HERE

Alexandra Gavillet

Lewis Capaldi

LEWIS CAPALDI RELEASES DEBUT EP BLOOM TODAY ON CAPITOL RECORDS ­­

New Single “FADE” Produced by Malay Out Now – Listen to New Track “MERCY” Out Today

 

Capaldi To Join Milky Chance On January 2018 North American Tour

 

 
Scottish artist Lewis Capaldi releases his debut EP Bloom today on Capitol Records. The EP is available for download and streaming HERE. Listen to Capaldi’s new EP track “MercyHERE. Bloom also features his new single, “Fade” which he co-wrote with GRAMMY award winner Malay (Frank Ocean, Sam Smith, Zayn Malik), who also produced it. The song racked up over one million streams in the first week alone. Capaldi’s previous track “Lost On You,” was included in Spotify’s New Music Friday in over 20 countries, while his debut “Bruises,” held the No. 1 spot on the playlist and has amassed over 28 million total streams globally. A stripped-down ballad that looks back on a failed relationship, “Bruises” showcases Capaldi’s nimble vocal ability, as he effortlessly slips between smooth baritone, gravelly mid-tone, and haunting falsetto with pinpoint accuracy. 

 

“I picked the guitar up at nine, started writing songs at eleven and then was gigging from 12 onwards. I mean, they were awful songs, but it was fun. I was always trying to get in places, playing at pubs. I’d show up and try and blag my way in. I’d have to hide in the toilets and then jump out and do my set as quickly as possible before anyone knew there was a 12-year-old in the pub,” says Capaldi, 20, who was recently nominated for a Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award at the Scottish Music Awards. From then on in Lewis devoted every spare moment he had to writing and performing. Playing gigs in Glasgow, Edinburgh and anywhere he could find a receptive audience, he was constantly working on songs, finding his voice as a songwriter and honing his craft with unwavering dedication. All the while developing the rough-around-the-edges vocals that would make those songs soar. 

 

Hailing from the small town of Bathgate, outside of Glasgow, Capaldi sold out two headlining shows at Glasgow’s famed King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut and embarked on his first UK headling tour, which sold out in minutes, before any of his music was officially released. He will tour Europe this fall with Rag’n’Bone Man, followed by his second UK sold out headlining tour in December. Capaldi will also tour the U.S. and Canada with Milky Chance in January. See below for all tour dates.

 

The track-listing for the Bloom EP is as follows:

1. Fade

2. Bruises

3. Mercy

4. Lost On You

 

Lewis Capaldi on tour with Milky Chance:

01/07 Anaheim, CA House of Blues

01/08 San Diego, CA House of Blues

01/09 Phoenix, AZ The Van Buren

01/14 New Orleans, LA Joy Theater

01/16 Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theater

01/17 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works

01/19 New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom

01/20 Washington, DC The Fillmore

01/21 New Haven, CT College Street Music Hall

01/22 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore

01/23 Boston, MA House of Blues

01/24 Montreal, QC Metropolis

01/26 Chicago, IL Riviera

01/27 Kansas City, MO The Truman

01/28 Sioux Falls, SD The District

01/29 Winnipeg, MB Burton Cummings Theatre

01/30 Saskatoon, SK O’Brians Event Centre

02/01 Calgary, AB Macewan Hall

02/03 Vancouver, BC The Commodore

02/04 Vancouver, BC The Commodore

 

What critics are saying about Lewis Capaldi:

“Lewis Capaldi is generating some huge buzz with ‘Fade.’ Produced by Malay (Frank Ocean’s long-time collaborator), the emotional ballad showcases the 20-year-old Scot’s powerful pipes and knack for insightful lyrics. It goes without saying that he’s One To Watch.” – Idolator 

“Showcasing his stunning vocals and songwriting ability, the track is breathtakingly beautiful and an exciting glimpse of what’s to come.” – Wonderland. 

“The vocal range of the guy is enough to impress anybody, and, as we see/hear here, all Lewis needs to have you in the palm of his hand is a simple piano playing throughout.” – hillydilly 

“Glasgow singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi has one of the most remarkable, tender voices I’ve heard in a long time.” – INDEPENDENT 

“(Lewis Capaldi) seems able to find the beauty in the everyday, to translate deeply personal experiences into something universal.” – CLASH

 
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