“Hi, I’m Ed,” said Sheeran as he walked on stage, and as fans at the O2 went wild.
The diminutive red-headed singer-songwriter clad in red checked shirt and clutching a guitar, was a model of understatement, but somehow his stripped back acoustic style filled the vast stadium-sized venue.
All his hits were there, plus a number of much-loved album tracks, but it was how good he was live that really resounded around the cavernous O2.
Sheeran’s voice was devoid of autotune or other audio trickery, displaying just raw talent.
Lego House got a well-received airing here, as did The A Team, I See Fire, Give Me Love and plenty more, including some bizarre but very clever on-the-fly bootlegs.
Aside from the man in the middle there was one other, introduced as ‘Trevor’, who supplied a steady stream of new guitars, one a song it seemed, from the wings.
The way Ed Sheeran was building crescendo after crescendo I’m not surprised new instruments were needed – I imagine he got through about 12 plectrums too!
It was widely reported that five people got engaged at his gig the previous night at the same venue.