Ed Sheeran, the 21-year-old UK superstar, is slaying the music scene with his casual style, his adorable ginger hair (that's right, I said it), and his smooth but vivacious music! Originally hailing from Halifax, England, Ed was the man to (try and) beat at this year's Brit Awards, while he won two out of the four prestigious catagories, in which he was nominated.
Although Ed's debut album, + had not been released yet in the United States (set for June 12th on Elektra records), the young Brit has still managed to gain himself quite the American fanbase. Currently on a North American tour with Snow Patrol, Ed managed to secure two sold-out shows at New York's Terminal 5 this past weekend, and boy did he deliver!
Walking to the venue this past Friday (4/13), I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of fans gathered at the venue hoping to ONLY see Ed. I overheard chatter about his music video's as one fan said, "You know, he's got the one with the girl on drugs, and the other with that Harry Potter dude [Rupert Grint], and don't forget the cats!" I immediately turned to the concertgoer and asked, "Are you here to see Ed?" Of course he was, he had just generically (and rather poorly from an aesthetic/artistic point of view) described three of Sheeran's videos:
"The A-Team," a beautiful ballad centered around the loss youth and opportunity through addiction.
"Lego House," a song that I hope will serve as my wedding theme, a song about love and its spontaneity.
and "Drunk," an uptempo ballad about wanting to share your life (and bed) with someone.
At times, it appeared as if One Direction were playing, as girls no older than 13-year-old stood outside in line with sharpied knuckles displaying, 'I <3 Ed,' and even though they were wearing Kurt Cobain tees (who was obviously dead long before they were born), and with their moms, I couldn't help but to be impressed with their knack for musical talent. I watched a mob of young girls harrass the security guards at the front of the stage, asking, "WHICH WAY WILL ED LEAVE, PLEASE!?!?!?" They also decided to make their presence known to the audio techs as well, after hearing their lovely English accents. Oh yes, Ed Sheeran is here to stay, but he's not just here for the teenyboppers, as his beautiful music speaks to all ages.
Despite commenting on Twitter that he had fallen ill, Ed soldiered up and arrived on stage promptly at 8pm. What can I say, the young man is phenomenal. Opening his set with "Grade 8," Ed had the vigor and skill of a folk musician, DJ, rapper, and an alternative artist all packaged into one 21-year-old body; he is a one man traveling band. The upbeat tune set the pace for the whole show, as Ed donning green khakis and a red tee hopped on-and-off his foot petals to stop and start his hip-hop-esque loops and beats. He proceeded to slow down with 'Lego House,' and followed it with his debut single, "The A-Team," which became host to a mesmorizingly beautiful sing-along.
However, the real showstopper came as Ed's finale, in which he rocked the house to a extended version of "You Need Me, I Don't Need You." Sheeran threw pieces of his EP in, along with a bit of 50 Cent's "In Da Club." He rocked his guitar, set it down to pick up the mic and spit, all before returning to destroy three or so strings on his guitar, but Sheeran didn't stop. The stage, covered in black as to hide Snow Patrol's intruments was the perfect backdrop for Ed's talent, showcasing that his music alone speaks volumes.
Let's just say Ed Sheeran is one artist that should not be missed, so do yourself a BIG favor and check him out on tour while you can!
What do you think of Ed's music? Tune in tomorrow for my exclusive interview with Ed!
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