hmv.com reviews... Ed Sheeran @ London's O2 Arena
Ed Sheeran brought his triumphant four-night run at the O2 Arena with a supreme performance last night (October 15th) and we were there to review things...
Ed Sheeran. 23-year old singer-songwriter, seller of millions of albums, and now arena filler.
London’s O2 Arena, the big tent at the edge of South London.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
It was totally sold out, even the seats on the side of the arena where you get to see about half the stage were full. The crowd were there to adore Sheeran, and they did, singing along with just about every word.
Any good supports
Saint Raymond, folky, poppy singer-songwriter. He went down very well, especially 'I Want You' and new single 'Fall At Your Feet'.
So what was the set like? What did he play?
Sheeran's set focused on cuts from his new album X (which you can preview on the right of the page), with 10 of the album's 12 tracks aired. He kicked off with the tender 'I'm A Mess' before moving into early favourite 'Lego House' and 'Don't', the angry groover from his new effort, which he worked in with a cover of Chris Brown's 'Loyal' and Blackstreet's 'No Diggity'.
He then quickly moved through tracks from X, which included a thrilling run through 'Bloodstream', a bouncy 'Runaway', which he combined with Backstreet Boys' 'Everybody (Backstreet's Back)' and a gentle 'Afire Love', he closed the first half of his set with 'I See Fire' before returning for an encore that consisted of a riotous 'You Need Me, I Don't Need You', a tender rendition of 'The A Team' and a thrilling 'Sing'.
Any good between song banter?
Not really, there was a fair bit of geeing up and demands from Sheeran for the crowd to sing, but aside from that it was just the usual thank you's.
Did he put on much of a show?
He had nine moving screens, which displayed some very cool animations and visuals, just as well he had something, because he had no band or pyrotechnics to call on.
What was the highlight of the set?
There were quite a few, but his performance of 'Bloodstream' was particularly fiery and particularly excellent.
Where can I catch him next?
His UK tour has a while to go yet, with shows in Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Nottingham and Glasgow still to go.