What: Ed Sheeran in Concert
When: December 5th, 2015
Where: AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia
When the opportunity came up to see Ed Sheeran in concert, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go. After all, how good could one man with one guitar on one stage be? Would that be enough to fill the whole of AAMI Park?
But boy, did he ever super exceed my expectations! He commented that he recently had his first complaint from an audience member, who accused him of using a back up tape and not singing live. Ed assured us that everything we hear would be coming out of the equipment he had on stage. I thought I heard a backing track too, but I’m sure he sung all main parts live, and played his guitar live as well.
It takes a lot for one voice to be able to fill a whole stadium. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was at least 10,000 or more people there. It was insane! Ed mentioned how he hadn’t done many arenas – I believe he said this was about his fifth.
I thought before I saw the show, that I would say how much I thought Ed would be better suited doing a small intimate show, but I think it is hard to fault his ability in an arena. Even from the very high up seats we had, you could tell you were witnessing something spectacular.
If I was to nitpick, I would question why he didn’t bring Passenger or Rudimental on stage to share a duet with him. It seems like a wasted opportunity. I was most impressed with Passenger – having never really seen him perform or even know what he looks like, he made me into a fan. I liked him so much that I went to his busking gig at Southbank the following Monday. This was my view:
To say it was crowded would be an understatement! I sadly only got to see three songs as I came from work. But he did walk past me as he was leaving the venue. Fun fact, he wasn’t wearing any shoes as he ran off on the wet Melbourne concrete streets.
Anyway, back to Ed. I loved his mash ups – especially during Take It Back / Superstition / Ain’t No Sunshine. Wow. Just plain wow. I have no words to explain how amazing I found his whole routine.
He also mentioned that his parents were in the audience that night. And how he doesn’t usually sing it, but he wanted to sing Small Bump that night. Sing was perhaps the worst – but only when Ed got the audience to sing the ohs. It was bloody awful! haha!
Ed isn’t much of a talker, but he certainly is an amazing performer! My expectations were indeed blown out of the water! Go. See. Him.
- I’m a Mess
- Lego House
- Take It Back / Superstition / Ain’t No Sunshine
- Tenerife Sea
- Don’t / No Diggity / Nina
- Feeling Good
- I See Fire
- Small Bump
- Can’t Help Falling in Love / Thinking Out Loud
- The A Team
- You Need Me, I Don’t Need You