When fans bought tickets to James Bay’s show at the London Palladium in May of last year, they had no idea they were in for an extra special surprise.
Most concerts involve an opener or two before the main event. And generally speaking, the opening bands are just getting started and tend to be less famous than the headlining act. So once James Bay took to the stage, fans were excited for the artist they paid to come out and see. To close the show, he played his most famous song, “Let it Go.” He stood alone on the dimly lit stage covered by a veil of smoke.
Needless to say, it was a very dramatic scene for a very emotional song.
He sang those famous words that hit us all right in the feels every single time we hear them:
“From throwing clothes across the floor
To teeth and claws and slamming doors at you
If this is all we’re living for
Why are we doing it, doing it, doing it anymore?”
Anyone who’s gone through a rough breakup can relate to that kind of heartbreak.
After the first chorus, James stops and announces Lewis Capaldi to the stage.
The crowd went wild, cheering and screaming at the surprise. The Scottish singer-songwriter took the world by storm a couple years ago, and he held a solid spot at the top of the UK charts for six straight weeks.
His smooth voice and heartbreaking lyrics are the perfect combination for when you just need a good cry.
Lewis took over the next verse of James’ song, and the crowd was absolutely roaring.
No one expected him to be there—it was a total surprise which made it all the more incredible!
But his voice was so well-suited to the emotional tune that it was already sure to make the audience swoon.
When the duo sang together, it was even more beautiful.
These two are a musical match made in heaven, and if they don’t release a song (or whole album?) together, it will be a tragedy.
And then, just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, they transitioned into Lewis Capaldi’s own hit song, “Someone You Loved.”
The crowd could barely believe their good luck!
As if the crowd wasn’t loud enough when he took to the stage, they went wild when they started.
No one was ready for the surprise performance! The entire Palladium was on their feet cheering as the duo serenaded them with a flawless mash-up of their two hit heartbreak songs.
James Bay and Lewis Capaldi sing parts from each others’ songs, together:
“I need somebody to heal, somebody to know
Somebody to have, somebody to hold
It’s easy to say, but it’s never the same
I guess I kinda liked the way you numbed all the pain.”
James invites the audience to sing and everyone comes together in beautiful harmony.
It seems the entire room is sharing in this perfect moment. As the song comes to a close, Lewis leans his head against James’ shoulder—and honestly, it’s the cutest thing you’ll see all day.
They know they’ve just nailed it and give an absolute gift to this lucky audience!
One YouTube viewer summed up how we’re all feeling perfectly:
If only we could all channel our emotional drama into music like this!
Be sure to watch the beautiful surprise visit from Lewis Capaldi and his live mash-up with James Bay by clicking the video below:
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