Ed Sheeran, Palais, Melbourne, 3rd August 2012
Whenever I talk to someone about Ed Sheeran, they always say that he is extraordinary and is a talent in his own right, but never explain why. Last night I finally understood the phenomenon and why he deserved to be so successful.
Sheeran was able to control the crowd in such a way that everyone in the room felt the exact same emotions as he was on stage. Last night was the first time I’d ever heard a whole room fall silent for a song, just captivated by his voice and his presence. The one moment that made me completely captivated was when he was singing ‘Wayfaring Stranger’ a cappella, and was able to sing without a microphone and use the acoustics of the Palais. This concert just showed me how talented this man is live because he’s just as good or even better than his recorded material.
The best thing about the concert was that he didn’t change his instrumentation and arrangements for playing live; it was still him and his guitar. This impressed me incredibly, as he didn’t need a band to fall in line with most other live acts. The way he used his loop pedal was if he was making his backing tracks on the spot, and this was both intriguing and entertaining, especially because it showed how much effort he put into creating the best show possible.
If any of you haven’t seen him live, I would jump online and find tickets straight away because you don’t want to miss out on such an incredible artist. For any other Australians, he will be coming back to our shores in February/March next year which is so exciting.
Thank you Ed for the best gig I’ve ever seen in my life.