Lewis Capaldi was an early developer. At the age of twelve, the singer-songwriter was playing the pubs of Glasgow, Scotland. In 2017, he became the first artist without a recording contract to reach 25 million streams on Spotify. This did not go unnoticed, and Capaldi ended up in the notebooks of several important managers and media figures, touring Europe with Rag’n’Bone Man and Sam Smith. ‘Someone You Loved’ (2018) was the young man’s breakthrough in Belgium. He strikes a good balance between rough and warm and is effortlessly touching. His best is yet to come. Capaldi was recently one of three nominees for the Critics’ Choice Award 2019. This is the annual award given by the British music industry to the names most likely to hit the big time. Capaldi lost to Sam Fender (who played at last year’s Werchter). However, past ‘losers’ include Dua Lipa and Years & Years.