Sheeran Concert wasn’t Divisive, More Like Spectacular

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Hagan Wells, Executive Media Editor

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Since 2011, an extremely talented redhead has had a major presence in the music industry and hasn’t stopped since. Ed Sheeran is loved all around the world, and on September 7, he made his way to Louisville.

The KFC Yum! Center was one of the many stops Sheeran has made on his latest tour for his third album, Divide. With a catalog full of great songs and a good opening act in James Blunt, the night was guaranteed to be fantastic.

Blunt started the night on an entertaining note. It was pretty funny how he kept acknowledging that most of the crowd only knew his early hit You’re Beautiful, as well as his tongue-in-cheek remarks about who the audience was really waiting for.

Despite this, his performance was good and provided a nice warm-up for the show to come.

Soon, the main event stepped on to the awesomely-constructed stage.

Opening with Castle on the Hill, Ed Sheeran had the crowd automatically captivated. The combination of cool visuals with his masterfully written lyrics were a great spectacle, not just for the first song, but all-night long.

Just like the best concerts, Sheeran sounded just as good, if not better, than he does on his albums or the radio. What brought him a step above the rest was the fact that he did it all by himself. Not a single band member was on stage with him, just him, a guitar, and a loop pedal. Plus, the only times Ed ever stopped was to take a drink of water or to talk to the audience.

One beautiful moment was when he performed the melancholy Photograph. The intimate feel of the song and the acoustics of the guitar made the song a great and tender moment.

Perfect was just as sentimental and sweet live as it is on the latest album.

Another emotional performance was when Sheeran sang Happier, a song of longing and loneliness from his new album. You could tell how deep in their feelings the crowd was just from the atmosphere, with Ed once again showing his amazing vocal range and talent with a guitar.

Yet, the concert wasn’t filled with sadness; it was a party too.

Galway Girl had fans dancing the whole time to the upbeat tune.

The lowkey Bloodstream had the whole arena waving their arms up and down. Also, the blend of Don’t and New Man provided a fun performance of bitter heartbreak.

Sing was a fast-paced spectacle that made everyone sing along.

The encore with Shape of You and You Need Me, I Don’t Need You was the perfect ending to the night, with both songs exciting the audience and Sheeran giving the performances his all.

Overall, the Ed Sheeran concert narrowly edges out Maroon 5 as my favorite concert yet. His stage presence, his fantastic setlist, and overall excellence as an artist and performer made the night fantastic.

There wasn’t anything to pick at or be slightly disappointed with, it was that good. Ed Sheeran’s music paints him like any other person, and that’s exactly the genuine vibe that he gave off.

Sheeran shows no sign of stopping any time soon, so when he releases new music followed up with a new tour, don’t miss out on one of the best experiences ever.