The Scottish hitmaker, who has just released his album Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent, played a packed out BBC Music Introducing Stage with a six-song set on Friday.
Capaldi said that the impromptu gig was a way of “saying thank you” to the BBC stage, which showcases new and unsigned acts, for helping him out in the early stages of his career.
After opening the set with Grace, Capaldi said: “Surprise! I was half expecting to come on stage and everyone’s waiting to see who it is.
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“They say Lewis Capaldi and everyone goes ‘See you later’. You’ve stayed, so thanks for that.”
Glastonbury’s official Twitter account called the set a “great way to start the afternoon”, as they shared snaps of the “surprise set”.
What a great way to start an afternoon! A surprise set from Lewis Capaldi at BBC Introducing Stage...sounding incredible. RG pic.twitter.com/YqKE6lyFir
— Glastonbury Live (@GlastoLive)
On Saturday, the 22-year-old will play the Other Stage in the afternoon ahead of The Killers headlining. He previously joked that he was going to “bottle it” and topple his so-far successful career with the set.
Alongside a series of funny snaps of himself and a teddy bear on Instagram, Capaldi wrote: “I’M PLAYING GLASTONBURY. Saturday at 4pm on the Other Stage if you want to see me bottle it and end my career x.”
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The accompanying snaps showed Capaldi larking around with a big soft toy and taking a selfie with the oversized stuffed animal as well as giving it a cuddle.
Elsewhere at Glastonbury, Stormzy is set to make history on Friday night as the first black British star to headline the main stage.
“I am [the] first black British artist to headline Glastonbury,” he wrote. “At 25 years old I am the second youngest solo act to ever headline Glastonbury, the youngest being a 24 year old David Bowie in 1971.
“I’m overwhelmed with emotions, this is the most surreal feeling I’ve ever experienced. I feel my entire life has lead [sic] to this moment. Can’t explain or fathom what this all is but I am 100% sure this is all God and his favour. Giving him all the glory.”