Ed Sheeran brought his sold out Divide Stadium Tour into Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field, the home of the Super Bowl Champions, Philadelphia Eagles. Bringing along friends Snow Patrol and special guest Anne-Marie with him as support for the trek. Sheeran touring in support of his latest record, ÷, which was released via Asylum/Atlantic Records on March 3rd, 2017.
After an energetic set from opening rising pop star, Anne-Marie which included her very unique vocals, her relatable lyrics in her songs like “Perfect,” which celebrates being imperfect, and “Ciao Adios,” about getting rid of bad people in your life. It was time for a rockin’ set from Sheeran’s pals Snow Patrol who took to the stage with their single “Chocolate” from their 2013 album, Final Straw. Snow Patrol powering through songs like “Run,” “Empress,” “What If This Is All the Love You Ever Get?,” and of course their smash hit single “Chasing Cars” which made for a intimate sing-a-long.
A camera then follow Ed Sheeran to the stage from his dressing room with his security guard and photographer as the crowd watched from the massive video wall filling the entirety of the stage up until Sheeran exploded onto the stage to his smash hit “Castle On The Hill.” Sheeran surprised fans when he took the stage a minute earlier than expected at 8:59 p.m. wearing a black Hoax branded T-shirt, jeans, and a fresh pair of kicks.
Sheeran then greeting the sold out crowd saying, “First off, Congratulations on the Super Bowl.” Then explaining to the capacity crowd that he is performing on-stage by himself without the assistance of a live band but the sounds that he performed were all 100% live as he used his loop pedal to record the beats and backing vocals before bursting into each song making for a very unique and talent-filled evening. Also, telling the fans that “this is the biggest show i’ve ever played in Philadelphia, Thank you.” Before powering through “Eraser” and having a sing-a-long for his third song, “The A Team” which the crowd finished out the song loudly as Sheeran was all smiles on-stage harmonizing with the fans and even Philadelphia 76ers’ own Joel Embiid.
Even though Sheeran was performing to tens of thousands of fans at the sold out stadium show, Sheeran made the performance feel very personal, intimate, and very fan inclusive. Taking time to speak to the fans, joke with them, and even thanking the “boyfriends who didn’t want to be there” or the “super dads that brought their kids” telling his fans that his dad was a super dad as well. Sheeran even surprised the massive crowd with a song that he says he rarely plays live anymore, going into “Give Me Love,” off his debut album, +,which had a flawless live sound even better then the recorded version.
Sheeran’s production was very unique, not to much, and a cool setup with a video wall that wrapped from behind Sheeran to the floor beneath Sheeran which is not usual for a stadium show as artists touring in stadium usually bring along fireworks, smoke cannons, catwalks, pyro, etc but he didn’t need that as his talent speaks for itself and he didn’t need to rely on the special effects for his live show and that shined vibrantly as the stadium was sold out and fans had a great time with a show that couldn’t be compared to any other artists and without any of that added production.
Sheeran paused the show for a few minutes to thank the support acts Anne-Marie and Snow Patrol for being apart of his first U.S. stadium tour but also offering an extra special thank you to Snow Patrol as he told the crowd that “Snow Patrol took me on my first North American tour, which marked my first time in Philly. We are like brothers.” Sheeran ending out his set with “Perfect,” the Irish-inspired “Nancy Mulligan,” and the crowd then serenading Ed Sheeran during “Sing.” The sold out crowd erupted when Sheeran returned to the stage for an encore performance of “Shape Of You” and “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” wearing a Brent Celek’s Philadelphia Eagles jersey.
Since 2011, when Sheeran bursted onto the music circuits, Sheeran has released three studio albums, has had six top 10 hits in the U.S. and has won a countless amount of awards at a variety of different award shows including several Grammys. This show really showcased Sheeran’s showmanship, talents, and his constantly improving musicianship as he performed a 2-hour, 18-song set by himself with minimal production and with just himself, his loop pedal and guitar. Make sure you get out and see Sheeran perform on his Divide World Tour and any of his upcoming tours for that matter as you will be shocked by his impeccable skills as a one-man band performance.
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