Sheeran does what he does best by leaving the o2 in an aura of emotion.
Ed Sheeran’s live show is something that I have heard so much about ever since his debut album back in 2011. He is a performer that has a huge following and, seemingly, always has since bursting onto the singer/songwriter scene. Now, of course, Sheeran’s story isn’t all ups – before making the crucial breakthrough that all artists strive for, he underwent a lot of hard times that resulted in him conceding to busk in the streets, just to pay his way.
Before Ed Sheeran released his most recent album, Divide, he departed the limelight for a year, stating he wanted to experience the world and what it offers as oppose to travelling the world and resting dormant in hotel rooms whilst waiting to perform. He did, however, promise music upon his return. A man of his word (after playfully teasing fans following his return on Twitter), Ed released the first two singles from his newest effort – Shape of You and Castle on the Hill both of which held him at first and second in the UK charts, respectively. This then prompted Ed to set an album release date of the 3rd of March accompanied by a highly-anticipated world tour.
Fast forward to May 2nd and there I stand, in the centre of London’s famed o2 Arena in utter disbelief as to what I am about to have the privilege of watching. I had heard so much overwhelmingly positive feedback about Ed Sheeran I was honestly so excited whilst waiting for his arrival on stage.
Before discussing the main event, I must offer credit where credit is due. The two support acts that preceded were commendable. Ryan Mcmullan was the first to take the stage, and there was a fair amount of skepticism surrounding him, as a singer that was generally unknown to the masses. However, his vocal range was insanely impressive, and I’d like to think now that he has a taste for huge venues he will push on for the caliber of success that he is more than capable of achieving. The second support, Anne-Marie, is not the kind of singer that I would listen to regularly, however, she served her purpose of hyping up the audience – which is really all you can ask for when it comes to a support act.
A moment that stood out to me was Sheeran’s humble entrance – the star skipped his way onto the stage with a beaming smile, centered on the mammoth plateau on which he was about to perform, nodded at the audience and then proceeded to beat his guitar to establish the percussive backdrop to his opener, Castle on the Hill. Ed then continued to rattle through the many standout tracks from his newest album combined with fan favourites deriving from his debut album, including a medley of New Man and Don’t.
He had the audience entirely at his beck and call, but would you expect anything else? He put on a very entertaining show, keeping it simple by featuring his famous loop peddle along with his guitar – nothing more and nothing less. This was an aspect that was hugely appreciated by the audience. A notable part of the show was the encore, Sheeran rapping to You Need Me, I Don’t Need You was amped up a level when he bent down and snatched an LGBT rainbow flag from an audience member (forcing the audience to fall deeper in love with Ed) as he paraded around stage whilst singing his lungs out in support of his fans as well as the LGBT community.
Tickets to see this gig were, predictably, very difficult to obtain and this is a trend that will continue for Sheeran – everyone wants to witness him live. If given the chance to see him, it is not an opportunity to pass up, who wouldn’t want to have their mind blown by the main man singing Bloodstream or have a cry along to Supermarket Flowers? It is an experience I would encourage every fan of Ed Sheeran and even Ed Sheeran critics to indulge in.