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    Musician Lewis Capaldi to have anxiety rooms for fans during his arena tour

    The musician, who has anxiety attacks himself, will provide qualified support officers and other assistance to help fans before and during his shows, under a new scheme he has called LiveLive.

    Lewis Capaldi announced that he will provide panic rooms to help his fans dealing with anxiety during his upcoming arena tour of the United Kingdom.

    The musician — who is related to former Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi — said that every ticket includes a 50p (91 cents) charge to fund teams at each venue to help with stress-related issues.

    The scheme, which he has named LiveLive, will provide help before and during the shows and use a buddy system for fans who travel alone.

    There is an email address for fans to contact a qualified support officer and arrange to have help at the venue beforehand.

    Fans who need assistance can be met at the door and escorted to their seats.

    In an interview with Radio 1 Newsbeat, Capaldi said he gets a lot of messages from fans who want to see him but their "anxiety won't allow them to".

    On Twitter the singer said, "[I] know that a lot of you for one reason or another might find shows difficult whether it's anxiety or panic. I want to make sure that as many of you who feel that have the support to come down!"

    Speaking to the BBC, Capaldi said the LiveLive initiative was inspired by his own anxiety attacks.

    "I've had a couple on stage, there was this instance where we were supporting Bastille in Manchester and I had to stop on my second-to-last song."

    "I had to let everyone know, 'I'm really sorry, I'm having a panic attack, I need to stop'."

    He also said he's never been shy about telling people.

    "I feel like it's like telling someone you have a cold, you wouldn't hesitate to tell anyone — so for me I feel quite lucky I can talk about it."

    The idea will be in place for Capaldi's arena tour in March 2020 that kicks off in Manchester.

    "I'm very aware it's a very big thing to try and do but I think we're going to try our best to get it to run as smoothly as possible.

    "I'm quite confident we'll be able to make it work with the guys that are doing the counselling," he said.

    "And I think with a little bit of success we could make it a more widespread thing, to be able to offer this to everyone at all gigs."

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