Review by Hayley Clark.

Returning to Birmingham for the first time after headlining Fusion festival two years ago, it was no surprise that the Barclaycard Arena was filled to the rafters, the 15,000 crowd sold out within less than a hour of going on sale and on the second night of his Birmingham leg chart sensation Ed Sheeran didn’t disappoint.


The eagerly awaiting crowd were treated to Anne Marie warming up the crowd with chart topping hits ‘Ciao Adios’, ‘Alarm’ and summer smash with Clean Bandit ‘Rockabye’ and newcomer Ryan McManus before the arena lights fell and Ed graced the stage to high voltage screams.

Opening  with ‘Castle On The Hill’ and ‘Eraser’, the man who made being red-headed fashionable, reminisced of the gig in 2011 at the (Birmingham) city’s Hare and Hounds venue, where the amp stopped working and he had a small table in the bar with the crowd singing along to ‘A-team’ stating how different it was in disbelief.

Humbly showing off his acoustic skills and ploughing through a set list of ‘Don’t’, ‘Happier’ and what looked to be a record of smartphone Facebook live recordings as the chords of ‘Galway Girl’ struck up, the bright background screens lit up the petite stage as the crowd sung along to their hero/heart throb and his guitar.


Ed Sheeran at V Festival 2014

Anecdotes of his amazement of Italian fans knowing the divide album lyrics within three days of release and his two friends getting married to the song ‘Perfect’ and were on their first night out since having a baby added emotion to the 26 year old former buskers set.

Crowd favourites ‘Photograph’ and ‘Thinking Out Loud’ lit up the arena before the audience were bouncing on their feet chanting along to ‘Sing’, a roller coaster of emotions from tears of joy to smiles of happiness in what looks to be one of the highlights of the Barclaycard arena calendar this year.

As the night climaxed in screams and darkness Ed returned to the stage swapping guitars to the infectious beat of current chart topper ‘Shape of You’ back to back with ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’ for a magical encore and that was it.


Ed Sheeran at V Festival 2014

The euphoric state left of Ed with his guitar, singing and rhyming left the crowd wanting more, with a Glastonbury headline slot this year coming up and dates at the 02 in London I think just when we thought we’ve seen the best… there’s a lot more to come from him with always surprising and catchy new beats, after a tempestuous year for music last year, 2017 has got an exciting future with Ed Sheeran’s name all over it.

Gig Junkies reviewed a young Ed Sheeran way back in 2009 when he was support artist and played at the o2 Academy 2 in Birmingham. Check out what we thought of the then fledgling superstar!

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