Review: Ed Sheeran makes history with debut Wembley performance
At this point in his career, Ed Sheeran is no stranger to a sold out show. But as he stepped on stage last night (July 10th) to the screams of the crowd of the first of three sold out Wembley Stadium gigs, something special was in the air.
Opening the show with ‘I’m A Mess’ and proceeding to rifle through some of his biggest hits; namely ‘Lego House’, ‘Drunk’ and ‘Take It Back’, the singer then transitioned in to recent single ‘Photograph’ with a funky medley of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Superstition’ and Bill Wither’s ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’.
At this point, Ed welcomed to the stage a very special guest. Performing for the first time live with Sir Elton John (aside from that legendary performance at The Grammys), the pair went back to back with Elton classic ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ and ‘X’ fan favourite ‘Afire Love’.
But that wasn’t all. After calming down the crowd with ballad ‘Thinking Out Loud’, the performer took the crowd on a journey back to the beginning with ‘The A Team’ before closing the show with ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’.
An artist arguably defined by his love of the stage (he seemingly hasn’t stopped touring for around five years), Ed’s simple approach to performing — just using himself, a guitar and a loop pedal — is endlessly impressive. However, to maintain this DIY ethos while performing at some of the largest and most daunting stadiums on the planet is testament to his true talent.
But, hey, when your album has just slotted back in at number 1 a whole year after it’s been released — as well as being the first solo act to headline the 90,000 capacity venue without an accompanying band — it’s safe to say you’re doing something right.
To celebrate this epic run of sold out Wembley shows, let’s take it back to 2010 with Ed’s classic debut SBTV appearance with ‘You Need Me’.