Lewis Capaldi and Noel Gallagher feud: Chewbacca mask worn by Scottish singer raises £5k | Ents & Arts News




A Chewbacca mask worn by singer Lewis Capaldi as part of a feud with Noel Gallagher has raised more than £5,000 in a charity auction.

Scottish-born Capaldi, 22, wore the Star Wars mask for his main stage set at TRNSMT in front of around 50,000 people on Glasgow Green.

His appearance as the Wookiee warrior came after the former Oasis songwriter called him “Chewbacca”, referred to Scotland as a “third world country” and said Capaldi should “enjoy his 15 minutes”.

The mask had raised £5,300 for the mental health charity Tiny Changes just over 13 hours after it was listed on eBay on Monday.

Tiny Changes was set up in May in memory of Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison, who took his own life last year.

Lewis Capaldi performed on the main stage at TRNSMT in Glasgow
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Lewis Capaldi performed on the main stage at TRNSMT in Glasgow

The Star Wars item is owned by a manager at DF Concerts, who said: “I had a feeling after all the Noel Gallagher back and forth with Lewis Capaldi, that they may be in need of a Chewbacca mask so I got in touch with Lewis’s team and offered my mask.”

The manager, who asked not to be named, added that the answer was “bring it!”.

He continued: “I’ve worked with Lewis since he was doing small club shows so to see him play in front of a sold out crowd at TRNSMT was a special moment, made all the more special by seeing my mask out there.

“The whole team at DF were devastated by the loss of Scott Hutchison last year and Frightened Rabbit are another band that we’ve shared some special moments with.

“So I thought I’d see how much we could raise for Tiny Changes, the charity set up by his family in his memory.

“Its main focus is to raise awareness about young people’s mental health issues. Hopefully there will be a bidding war and lots of money will be raised.”

Noel Gallagher has referred to Scotland as a 'third world country'
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Noel Gallagher has referred to Scotland as a ‘third world country’

Frightened Rabbit wrote in a tweet on Monday: “The bold @LewisCapaldi has signed the Chewbacca mask he wore for @TRNSMTfest and it is being auctioned off with proceeds going to @tinychanges.

“Who agrees @NoelGallagher should chip in with a bid?”

Capaldi, whose second cousin once removed is the Dr Who actor Peter Capaldi, covered the Oasis favourite Don’t Look Back In Anger during his performance on Sunday.

He changed the lyric at one point to “Don’t Chewbac In Anger”.

Speaking about the feud ahead of taking to the stage, Capaldi also admitted he would “love” to collaborate with Gallagher.

He said: “I’d love to just… me and him get in there.

“He doesn’t like co-rights so probably wouldn’t, but he can write it and I’ll sing it and I’m sure it would be a lovely one.

“I love him to bits. He’s just bamming it up isn’t he? He loves a bam up, Noel.

“I too enjoy a bit of a bam up although maybe I wouldn’t call a country a third world one at that but I thought it was funny.”

TRNSMT festival director Geoff Ellis added: “Capaldi fever is sweeping the world and I was delighted to watch his outstanding set from the side of the stage [on Sunday] night – it’s a performance I will remember for years to come.

“The Tiny Changes Charity is very close to our hearts, here at DF Concerts, and I hope we manage to raise a great amount of money for a charity that’s work is very important, not only within the music industry, but for raising awareness about children and young people’s mental health.”

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