LIVE REVIEW: Ed Sheeran – The Riverstage

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One man. One Guitar. One Voice. There’s no denying that Ed Sheeran knows how to captivate an audience with only his pure talent. Taking the stage to a sold out crowd for the first of three nights he was welcomed with deafening screams and beaming smiles. Opening with “I’m A Mess” it quickly came apparent that this was not going to be your average show. He performed the whole set alone and used a loop pedal to layer vocals, guitar, percussion and the occasional beat box. He had the audience’s immediate attention and didn’t lose it for the full 90 minute show. Playing a setlist of old and new material he performed all the hits and fan favourites that had everyone leaving in awe. Set highlights included “Lego House”, “Don’t”, “Thinking Out Loud”, “The A Team” and “Give Me Love”. Perfectly mashing songs together he threw in a few covers including Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” during an extended version of “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” and Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” during “Take It Back”. He kept telling the crowd he was quite unwell and was probably going to lose his voice by the end of the night but I honestly could not fault his vocal delivery. It’s a hard job to play a show to 10,000 people alone but Ed Sheeran makes it look very easy. He proved to everyone that you don’t need to rely on gimmicks to give an unforgettable show.

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