hmv.com reviews… Ed Sheeran @ Wembley Stadium
Ed Sheeran broke all kinds of records over the weekend as he headlined the three nights at London's Wembley Stadium. We were there to review the opener...
Ed Sheeran. One man, one guitar, one loop pedal deck and a whole lot of people.
Wembley Stadium. England's national stadium. 270,000 people over three nights. Wow.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
It was completely sold out, all three nights. The crowd were in great spirits throughout, singing along with every last word.
So what was the set like? What did he play?
The only problem with the fact that Sheeran's success has come at such an early stage in his career is that he had to play just about everything to fill his two-hour slot as well as a few choice covers. Not that anyone was complaining. We got all the big hits, the lilting 'The A Team', a huge 'Thinking Out Loud', which turned the place into a massive gospel choir and the closing 'Sing', which got everybody moving.
Then there were deeper cuts like 'Give Me Love' and 'One' and a very special guest appearance from none other than Sir Elton John, who came out to duet with Sheeran on 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart' and a tender 'Afire Love."
He also found time to work in covers of Stevie Wonder classics 'I Was Made To Love Her' and 'Superstition' as well as Blackstreet's 'No Diggity' and Motown classic 'Ain't No Sunshine'.
Sheeran himself started off pretty nervously, but soon got going and managed to transform this most gigantic of stadiums into an intimate venue. That's his secret, he makes every show, no matter how big, feel like you're in the top room of a pub.
Any good between song banter?
Clearly quite nervous, Sheeran talked rather too quickly in his first couple of chats, but he relaxed quite soon after and was laughing and joking with crowd before long.
Did he put on much of a show?
Not really, a few video screens behind him and that is it. No backing band, no pyrotechnics, no bells, no whistles, nothing.
What was the highlight of the set?
A soaring 'Thinking Out Loud', it got everybody's arms aloft.
Where can I catch him next?
He's got two massive shows at Croke Park in Ireland later this month and then a massive US tour. Then it's off to make album number three...