“It’s the biggest show I’ve ever done in Singapore,” said Ed Sheeran to the near-capacity crowd, dressed in his humble go-to combo of T-shirt and jeans that belies his megastar status. He continued, “It’s one thing to perform at a stadium back where I’m from, but it’s so surreal that so many people would come and watch me play at a sold-out stadium so far away from home.” Well, Ed – trust us when we say it was just as surreal to all the avid Sheerios who turned up.
A significant upgrade from his last appearance here where he played to a crowd of 20,000 across two nights at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, his one-night-only show on 26 April saw a whopping turnout of 51,000 fans at the National Stadium. Not many artistes have the capability to fill a stadium on a balmy Friday night, but Ed Sheeran – armed with nothing but his trusty guitar and loop pedal – did just that.
Despite having no new music in recent years (his last full album was in 2017), fans were contented to hear him perform his earlier tunes. And Ed certainly didn’t disappoint them one bit, as he delivered an intricate setlist of fan favourite tracks like ‘Castle On The Hill’, ‘Happier’ and ‘Dive’ that kept the atmosphere at a steady high.
Having watched the previous Ed Sheeran show at the Singapore Indoor Stadium two years back, we thought we’d be used to his antics by now – but the laidback crooner never failed to keep us entertained with his cheeky British charms throughout the two-hour show. Before launching into his string of mandatory singalongs, Ed commanded the audience to adhere to two rules: a) to lose our voices and b) to be dripping in perspiration by the end of the concert. Which fans had no issues abiding, as everyone in the crowd were practically up in their feet and belting out to every single song as if they were at a karaoke.
It worked: all of us were covered in sweat by the end of it, but Ed clearly wasn’t done hyping us up. “Everything till now has only been a warm-up. Now, it’s time for the real singalong,” he announced as he treated fans to a medley of his biggest hits ‘Thinking Out Loud’, ‘Perfect’ and ‘Shape Of You’, bringing the concert to a rousing, climatic close.
Fans might have to wait quite a while for Ed to return to our shores for his next show after concluding his Divide Tour, but not to worry – the ginger hitmaker has previously teased that he has new stuff coming out this year to tide us over, while we build up anticipation for his upcoming album (speculated to be released in 2020). Oh, and what’s this Justin Bieber collaboration we hear about? Sheerios have much to look forward to!
Photo credits: Aloysius Lim & Alvin Ho