Over the weekend, Ed Sheeran took on the mammoth task of headlining Wembley Stadium as a solo artist, for not only one but a total of three nights and completely blew audiences away, including us.
Wembley Stadium is home to the England Football Team and on a typical match day there is a seated capacity of 90,000 (with no obstructed views. Not only did Ed Sheeran sell out these seats, he also had the pitch to fill with standing tickets and managed to do so with ease.
As mentioned, Ed announced last year that he would be performing solo shows at Wembley across three nights (10th, 11th & 12th July. Each night he invited some of the biggest names in music to support him and warm up the crowd. On Friday 10th he had Foy Vance and One Republic; on Saturday 11th he had Example and Rudimental, and finally on Sunday 12th he invited Passenger and One Republic.
We went along to Saturday's show where we got to see Example and Rudimental as supports. First up was Example and like the entertainer he is, Example got the crowd jumping and singing along to some of his biggest songs including ‘Changed The Way You Kissed Me’, ‘Kickstarts’ and ‘Say Nothing’. He even used the show as a chance to introduce his new single ‘Whiskey Story’.
Next up on the line up was Rudimental at 7.10pm. They’re energy and connection with the crowd was amazing especially in such a huge venue. Essentially they treated their 45 minute slot like a festival performance, which was fantastic.
Soon enough, it was time for Ed Sheeran to take to the stage at Wembley himself and greet thousands of passionate fans. The show begun with a polaroid timeline of his musical career to date. It started with a young enthusiastic Ed up until the present day.
As soon as Ed made his appearance on the stage the crowd went wild as he performed his first song ‘I’m A Mess’. Following his first song, he explained that at a previous show a couple of audiences members demanded their money back as they didn’t believe everything on stage was performed by Ed and his guitar only. The screens then went on to show his loop pedal and he further explained that everything we would hear on the night would only be performed by him.
Throughout the show he combined a mixture of his own hits along with other well known songs which included ‘Take It Back’ blended in with ‘Superstitious’ & ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’. His two hour set included many of the crowds' favourites such as 'Thinking Out Loud', 'Drunk' and 'Lego House'.
The show drew to a close but not without time to get the audience singing their hearts out to his popular hit single 'Sing'.