By Margaux Alexander
On Wednesday, August 27th, I had the privilege of attending Ed Sheeran’s incredible “Multiply” concert at the Staples Center in the heart of Downtown LA. Eighteen thousand of my fellow “Sheerios” (dedicated Ed Sheeran fans) surrounded me as we sang along to his songs, both new and old.
Before the concert started, I happily waited in line for Ed’s new merchandise with my dear concert buddy (shoutout to Erin Salmi!). No line would stop me from getting an overpriced t-shirt with Ed’s face plastered on the front. After waiting patiently behind a giant group of girls who insisted on trying on every style and size of a shirt possible, we finally bought our shirts and made our way in the arena.
Surprised with how awesome and close our seats were, I sat down and enjoyed the opening band, Rudimental. The key to concert seating is elevation. If you’re not in the first five rows on the ground floor, you’re best bet is to shoot for Lower Level 100s seating. Otherwise, you’re stuck staring at the back of some guys head the whole night.
At last Ed walked on. Dressed in a casual red flannel and jeans, he stepped on stage as if there was nobody in the crowd. If you’re not familiar with Ed Sheeran’s music, let me give you the lowdown. EVERYTHING, and I literally mean everything, is done on his Baby Martin LX1E, and a loop station. No drums, no band, no backup dancers, no set, nothing. Just him, standing in front of the laser lights and a couple screens; making all of the music himself. Ed is literally a one-man-band, and if you were to close your eyes and just listen, you wouldn’t even guess that he’s the only one up there. This is what makes his concerts so unique and entertaining. He’s a prime example of the saying, “less is more”.
From new songs, such as “Don’t” and his hit single “Sing”, to old songs, such as “Give Me Love” and “The A Team”, I sang along until my voice was gone. His set list was impeccably planned. The crowd danced wildly to the fast songs, and waved their iPhones to the slow songs. Oh, and did I mention, this ginger-haired, British fellow can rap like there’s no tomorrow!
Finally, when we (sadly) realized that the concert was coming to a close, Ed threw a massive curveball. As Ed sang his cover of “Chasing Cars,” someone magnificent stepped on stage. Dressed in a red blazer and tight black pants, Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody appeared. And as if everything was totally normal, Ed and Gary sang together (amen!). Ed’s sweet angelic voice mixed with Gary’s deep raspy one. I don’t think I was even able to enjoy the song because I was in total shock.
And on that note, no pun intended, the concert came to a close with all the fans singing together as Ed made his exit. In all honesty, nothing could ever compare to Ed Sheeran’s performance. He’s truly one of a kind. If you ever have the chance to see him live, I have only one thing to say...TAKE ME WITH YOU! All bow down to the “Ginger Jesus”!
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