Can a guy, playing with his guitar and a loop pedal really sell-out three shows at Wembley Stadium? Yes! This was just epic, and possibly the world’s biggest ever acoustic gig! Taking to the stage with his guitar to the loudest cheers I have ever heard, he then begins with ‘I’m A Mess’ and gets the crowd going immediately! ‘Lego House’ then brings the first full sing-a-long in the stadium, where the spectacle of all the Lego pieces scattering over the screens is just jaw dropping and looks great. Then the voices only get louder when ‘Drunk’ comes. Covers don’t always get a lot of love, but if anyone can do a better mash-up of ‘Take It Back’, ‘Superstition’ and ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ and make it sound so great, I don’t want to hear it. That was an electrifying performance. ‘One’ and ‘Photograph’ continues the brilliant set and then the powerful ‘Bloodstream’ really takes you to another place.
If there is something Ed Sheeran enjoys, it is a live mash-up. Imagine the mix of ‘Don’t/Loyal/No Diggity/Nina’ and then ‘Feeling Good/I See Fire’ just continues to up the ante! Want an emotional track, ‘Small Bump’ you can see actual tears on the fans as this track packs in the love and heartfelt words that shows Ed Sheeran can go from top of the world to down to a personal level in seconds. ‘Give Me Love’ was great to hear, Stevie Wonder classic ‘I Was Made To Love Her’ continues the emotions and then getting ‘Kiss Me’ and then ‘Thinking Out Loud’ where the latter really does get people together and the love is there. Where do we finish? Where we began! ‘The A Team’ brings the set to the end, it is jaw-dropping to think this little song began the journey for this singer/songwriter and has brought him to the most prominent location in the UK.
Encore you say? Hell yes! ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’ brings an intense performance which makes full use of that loop pedal and goes to such extreme lengths to entertain and wow his crowd! The loop pedal breaks down, so what does Ed do? He gives us a taster of ‘The Parting Glass’ and then goes back to ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’ and performs the song all over again! Never before have I seen someone re-perform a whole song again, not a single person was unhappy with that decision! Then, the show comes to an end with the almighty ‘Sing’ and sure enough, everyone does really sing. Ed Sheeran throughout the night keeps to a real level, he never tries to be Kanye West (thank god) and he never for a second tries to think of himself as bigger than anyone in his 80,000+ audience. The most honest musician and definitely one of the hardest working acts I have ever seen. It will take a lot to top this show! Who would think one man on a stage with an acoustic guitar could make this epic of a show? All hail Ed Sheeran, the new king of Wembley!
Final Rating: 10/10
Written by Jonjo Cosgrove