One man, a guitar, a loop pedal and two microphones.
That's all it took for the talented singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran to capture 33,500 people on his Australian ‘X’ tour. This stop on Saturday (5th December 2015) was his second round for the tour in Australia, last playing in late March earlier this year.
Sheeran played a range of tracks from his ‘X’ album and ‘+’ album which was entwined with small snippets of songs from other artists. Not only did this leave his audience trying to guess his next song but it gave a sense of appreciation for other artists music. It was also able to showcase Sheeran’s talent to manipulate completely different songs and combine them together to make something beautiful.
Like always, Sheeran did not fail to impress in the visual aspect of his performances. 5 large screens were propped behind him displaying live footage of himself mixed with visual effects such as Lego animations during ‘Lego House’. It was certainly impressing and as a result it was hard to not be drawn to the screens. It was also refreshing to see as most artists lack in the visual affects area as they simply project live footage directly, without any added effects.
It was nice to see a small change in the setlist when Sheeran decided to swap out ‘Give Me Love’ for ‘Small Bump’. This may have annoyed some fans, due to the high love of ‘Give Me Love’ but the rare playing of ‘Small Bump’ was such a pleasure to hear, and changed the mood drastically, in a good way!
Sheeran rarely spoke to the crowd, bringing the focus predominately onto the music instead of himself. When he did speak, it was nothing shy of seriousness mixed in with humour. Not one person was left without chuckling or smiling which is hard to do in a stadium of over 33 thousand people.
AAMI stadium was a unique setting for such a small staged concert due to its large rectangular shape, however, it was not a serious issue. Some fans may have gone home with a sore neck from looking sideways, but it is a small price to pay for such an amazing experience. Personally, I would say that the music levels were better at AAMI stadium than Rod Laver (where Sheeran last played in March) as it was not only louder, but I felt like the levels were much more accurate and accommodating for the space.
Overall, the mixture of support acts was a unique set with Rudimental being the odd act out due to their much more up beat and free-spirited movements. However, there was nothing short of some amazing talent showcased throughout the night. Not one single note was missed by Sheeran, despite his constant singing for around 2 hours straight.
Like I said back in March, Ed Sheeran is definitely an artist that should be on anyones bucket list to go and see. He is an artist that will captivate you for two hours with music that is relatable and inspiring. He brings a certain freshness to the music industry these days, and it’s really amazing.
Let me know what you think about Ed Sheeran’s music and concerts in the comments!