The My Fangirl Life team has a multitude of concerts scheduled this summer. Edmonton is apparently a mecca for some of the biggest acts in music this season, so keep watch as we document the shows we attend for your reading pleasure – we’re calling it our “Summer of Concerts”. You can also check out our reviews of Maroon 5, Eric Church, Phillip Phillips, OneRepublic, Shania Twain, and (gloriously!) One Direction. But on to today’s article… a concert review for the brilliant and amazing Ed Sheeran.
I am sitting here, the morning after seeing musical genius Ed Sheeran perform live, with tears in my eyes at the memory, trying to recount my experience of the evening. I love live music. It’s probably one of my favourite things. This means I go to a fair number of concerts… but this was probably one of the very best I’ve ever attended.
I mean, it all starts with a crazy love for Ed Sheeran. I’ll admit that I’m definitely a hardcore fangirl, which certainly helps his rating. But I honestly think that someone who doesn’t know much about him would fall in love seeing him perform live. Someone who doesn’t like him (do those people exist???) would still have to give him props for his crazy-mad live skills. I think everyone in the building was blown away.
I’ve seen Ed Sheeran perform live before, twice actually, as the opening act on Taylor Swift’s RED Tour (yes… Kris and I went to both nights of the back-to-back Edmonton shows… actually for Ed, not for Taylor. Though we do love her too!). He was amazing then, a stellar opening act with just himself and a loop pedal – no band required.
As it turns out, he didn’t bring a band on this headlining tour either. All he needs to put on one of the very best shows I’ve ever seen is a guitar and a loop pedal. But before we get to that, I will briefly discuss his opening act, Rixton. Kris is planning on doing a Listen & Learn on them sometime soon, so I won’t go into too much detail – I’ll let her teach you about them and share some insights about their live performance.
Rixton is basically the perfect opening act. They sound great, are super fun to watch, and basically did the best job I’ve ever seen of getting the building warmed up. They alternated between ridiculous and awesomely fun, and got the whole crowd involved in their infectious shenanigans. We were on our feet dancing up a storm for their entire set.
By the time they were finished, my excitement about seeing Ed Sheeran had reached an all-time high. Kris and I had floor tickets, about 20 rows back, and seeing how close we were to Rixton got us even more excited to be that close to Ed. There was a short break to set Ed’s loop pedal up and, before long, there he was. Just him, alone, belting out “I’m A Mess”. That song was magic, and so were all the rest.
I am absolutely in awe of Ed’s ability to layer together the parts of a song. He creates a beat by banging on his guitar, then plays a riff and layers that over top, maybe does a little beatboxing then sings a few harmonies and layers that in too. Finally he plays and sings overtop of it all to create a masterpiece right in front of our eyes. And he did that with EVERY SINGLE SONG. Just amazing.
The stage was relatively simple compared to many tours nowadays. It had a set of screens suspended above, and Ed just stood in the middle with his guitar, mic, and loop pedal. The screens were definitely well-used and made everything exciting to watch. I thought some of the footage was very smart as well… for a couple of the songs, his music videos went up in the background, while some had special unique videos (the one for “Lego House” was FREAKING adorable. Spoiler Alert: It had Lego in it.). All Ed did, for the most part, was stand there and play and sing, yet I could not take my eyes off of the stage.
His set list included most of the songs from Multiply as well as a couple old favourites and some fun covers and mash-ups. I was on my feet for the entire show, singing at the top of my lungs. Can I just say that I totally want to be the person that walks out on-stage between songs to bring Ed the right guitar? They should auction that position off to people. I would pay a heck of a lot of money (which, you know, I don’t have) to do that for a night. Actually, I probably couldn’t do it. I’d get flustered every time he looked at me and drop the guitar or something. This is probably exactly why they don’t do it…
One of my favourite things about this show – which probably is not that exciting to most of you – is Ed’s clothing. A video surfaced from earlier in the day of him surprising a fan. Ed was out shopping at West Edmonton and happened to walk by while she was performing “Thinking Out Loud” (this was totally unplanned). He decided to jump onstage… yet another reason why Ed is just the best. I saw the video like immediately after it happened and thought he looked adorable. I hoped he would look that cute at the show that night – and when he came out onstage, there he was wearing the exact same outfit. Clearly Ed is above “stage clothes”.
Anyways, to get back on track, here are a couple videos that Kris took during the show! She took quite a few so I just put a selection in here, but if there’s a specific song you’d like to see let us know and maybe we can share a couple more! Just for the record, deciding which ones to include was EXTREMELY difficult, but I hope you enjoy these.
And lastly, I couldn’t resist including his final encore song. Just as he was kicking off this song, one of the stadium’s alarms started going off. No one even considered leaving the building.
My Fangirl Life’s Rating System is out of 10, but we’re able to use emojis to express ALL THE FEELS that any concert/movie/book/etc. gives us. The rating for this show?
10 out of 10 Feels: ?ﾟﾘﾍ?ﾟﾘﾳ?ﾟﾘﾭ?ﾟﾘﾭ?ﾟﾘﾶ
SO MANY FEELS! Ed sounded amazing, looked like a totally normal guy (as Ed tends to do), and somehow managed to blow the roof off of Rexall Place without a band or any pyrotechnics. The crowd was unbelievably loud, and barely sat at all… even during the slow songs. Name another act in music that can do that without all the bells and whistles, I challenge you. His lyrical and musical genius is without dispute, and I swooned so many times as he sang his well-loved lyrics. Excuse me, I’m just dyyyyyying here thinking about it…
And just to go on another tangent… how can a guy who seems just so damn normal (slash possibly even awkward) write such clever, beautiful, and sweet lyrics? Are those songs secretly hiding inside all the normal guys in the world? It’s a mystery that will probably never be solved.
Have you ever seen Ed Sheeran perform live? What did you think? Share in the comments!