Lewis Capaldi turns Deliveroo rider in Leeds

A different kind of gig economy for the Glaswegian chart-topper

By any standards, Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi has had a decent 2019 – his single Someone You Loved topped the UK charts for seven weeks, while his debut album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent was a global hit.

So heads were turned yesterday when the Glaswegian was spotted doing a shift as a Deliveroo rider in Leeds, where he was appearing as support to Ed Sheeran in the Yorkshire city’s Roundhay Park in the evening.

It turns out that Capaldi was delivering meals from Barburrito on Boar Lane to the three winners of a competition that Deliveroo ran last Thursday and Friday, open only to residents of Leeds.

Besides each winner having their order personally delivered by the 22-year-old, winners also received a £100 Deliveroo voucher code and a Lewis Capaldi CD.

Pictures inevitably were shared on social media– here by Ylenia Jessy Ansaldi on the Leedsplace group on Facebook, while the Yorkshire Evening Post has a selfie that Lucy Bradbury managed to snap as Capaldi cycled through the city centre.

It’s fair to say that Capaldi’s experience of the gig economy is a bit different from that of anyone else who pulls on a Deliveroo jacket and backpack.

In April, when tickets went on sale for his UK arena tour in 2020, they sold out immediately – something unheard of for an artist who at that point was yet to release his first album.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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