Ed Sheeran coming to town was certainly highly anticipated, and it was definitely worth the wait. There aren’t really enough superlatives to describe how good his performance was.
Armed with nothing but his trusted guitars (which he rotated for very song) and his voice, the recent double Brit Awards winner of Best Male and Best Album proved why he was worthy of such accolades with his usual eclectic mix of pop and rap ensembles. It’s in his skill as a musical artist that Sheeran is so appealing – no pyrotechnics and overt pizzazz but more maroon t-shirt and standard jeans that make it all about the music at one of his concerts.
All the major hits – Lego House, Wake Me up, One, I see Fire, The A Team, Sing et al were performed with fervour and intensity throughout the 90-minute set with Sheeran’s usual style, and a couple of superbly reworked hits such as Stevie Wonder’s Superstition and a rap version of Feeling Good giving an added variance to the overall performance.
The biggest cheer of the night arguably came when Sheeran shifted from Feeling Good to his hit I see Fire, used and written for the soundtrack for the recent Hobbit film, The Desolation of Smaug, closely followed by Sing, which was the finale to the evening, with the crowd singing the tune even after the star had exited. All songs were performed with the same care and attention and the crowd remained captivated throughout.
Although there were a couple of very minor technical issues (such as turning the lights completely on before he came back to do his encore), the evening was a great success and could well set a precedent for more top quality musical acts to grace to city over the months to come.
There was also a very impressive set by musician Ryan Keen as the warm up act to complement Sheeran’s performance.
A quick stop over at Dubai next for Sheeran will prove, no doubt, to be just as successful for the Nando’s loving star, who first started playing guitar after listening to Eric Clapton as a young boy.
He wowed the audience over the course of the evening as well as the great guitarist and performer could have done himself, and may well have left many a teenage girl with a fluttering heart.