By: Alexandrea van Huizen
Grammy nominated singer/songwriter, Ed Sheeran made his debut in Singapore with a show which was completely sold-out within eight hours, last Saturday as part of the Asian leg of his ‘x Tour’. With this being his very first performance here, there was an immense amount of expectation from both fans and (I'm sure) Ed’s team alike for it to go off without a hitch. Ed Sheeran has, from the very start, always been the sort of performer who needs absolutely no gimmicks to keep an audience entertained, a rare quality in the current music scene. His signature ginger hair, the guitar(s) and a loop station was all he needed throughout the show.
Immense elation filled the venue straightaway as Ed made his way to centre stage. He started off the evening with a mash-up of ‘Don’t’, Blackstreet's ‘No Diggity’ and ‘Nina’ (adding a line or two from Chris Brown's 'Loyal') which immediately brought the crowd to their feet. The audience was overwhelmed with emotions when he performed his fourth single off 'x', 'Bloodstream' almost as identical to when he had performed it on the recent Brit Awards. The setlist included a couple more mash-ups of 'Take It Back' with Stevie Wonder's 'Superstition' and 'You Need Me, I Don't Need You' with 50 Cent's 'In Da Club' and Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy'. The entire show included songs from both his previous and most recent studio albums. It was especially enjoyable when Ed prompted the audience to sing-along during a few songs. There was a great crowd that night, it was delightful how everyone banded together and became an entity in those moments of participation which made it simply beautiful to watch- let alone be a part of.
Having witnessed such an undoubtedly talented singer perform live, it definitely changes the game completely. If there is anything to be said about such a performer, it is that the music industry needs more artistes like him. At this point, there is no telling what the future will hold for this superstar but I can safely say that whatever he decides to do next, it will be nothing short of amazing.
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