I went to see Ed Sheeran at London’s O2 Arena and wrote about it for MTV. Check it out below…
Two years ago Ed Sheeran did what all musician dreams of doing, selling out three nights at Wembley stadium armed with just his guitar and a loop pedal. Anyone looking at this would say, ‘how the hell do you top that?’
Fast forward to 2017 and his level of commercial success has exceeded all expectations with his third studio album ÷ reaching No. 1 in 14 countries and here in the UK selling more copies than the rest of the Top 500 albums added together. And that was just the first week.
The year so far has been dominated by Sheeran. Just look at the Top 20 singles chart in the week of release, there were 16 tracks from ÷ in there, include the entire top five.
It’s not that we didn’t expect this from Ed Sheeran, we didn’t expect this from ANY artist, and we’re actually pretty chuffed that it’s happened to someone as authentic as Ed.
Last night was his second night at London’s O2 arena on the Divide World Tour and from the sheer noise of the crowds alone, we think it’s fair to say that the gig went pretty well.
Although two years have passed since the Wembley shows, Ed hasn’t changed the way he performs. He may have upgraded his guitars and loop pedals but the premise is the same – one man and his guitar, wowing thousands of people at a time.
He opened with his comeback single ‘Castle On The Hill’ before embarking on a set spanning all three of his albums, including plenty of new material from ÷. Highlights included some epic mash-ups such as ‘Don’t/New Man’, ‘Feeling Good/I See Fire’ and how could we not sing-a-long to every word of his new Irish inspired track ‘Galway Girl’? (Hint: We sang every word.)
One thing that warmed the hearts of the crowds was when Ed reminisced about previous gigs in London when he was first starting out in his music career. He said it was nice to finally play to people that actually cared about his music, and by the sounds of the VERY loud crowds, it couldn’t have been a warmer reception.
Ed ended his second night at The O2 with ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’, a powerhouse of a track that is now synonymous with Ed’s rags-to-riches story. Even if you’ve seen this live a hundred times you will still sing along to every word with the same vigour as the man on stage. Bring on the next world tour because Ed’s here for the long haul.
Castle on the Hill
The A Team
Don’t / New Man
How Would You Feel (Paean)
Feeling Good / I See Fire
Thinking Out Loud
Shape of You
You Need Me, I Don’t Need You
Check out my review on mtv.co.uk.