Ed Sheeran stuns sold out Saddledome
Putting on a one man show, Ed Sheeran exceeded expectations for Calgarians
Easily one of the most hyped shows of the summer, Ed Sheeran took the Saddledome stage on June 17 for a sold out crowd. The British singer who has taken the radio waves by storm with hits like “Thinking out loud,” “Don’t,” and “Sing,” climbed the steps to the stage to a numbingly loud audience cheering him on.
Before Sheeran hit the stage, the quickly growing crowd was treated to foursome, Rixton, whose hit “me and my broken heart,” was clearly a crowd pleaser. The group, who was reminiscent of One Direction made sure the fans were pumped for the show with comments like, “are you ready for the best night of your life,” and “who’s excited for Ed Sheeran?” being screamed into the microphone, of course getting the eager reaction they expected. Once Rixton finished, fans watched as crew cleared the stage, with just one spot remaining, no drums, no guitars, no extra microphones for backup, just a single spot for Sheeran to fill.
It was the perfect night to combat the mainstream concerts that are beginning to fill the music industry. Sheeran was equipped with a loop machine, and recorded everything for his songs before each began, he explained to the audience that this was not a backing track, and everything was live.
Really, who even needs a band anymore?
Sheeran played through all the hits, showing his soulful acoustic sound that made fans fall in love with him, and his unique rapping side during, “take it back.” There didn’t seem to be many disappointed fans in the crowd after the show wrapped, except those hopping the show would never wrap.
Only time will tell if Sheeran will remain the humble performer he is today, but after his grammy and worldwide success things are looking good for this singer.