In celebration of Ed Sheeran’s newly released concert movie, Jumpers for Goalpost, I decided to document my experience at his Manila Leg of the Multiply Tour since I wasn’t able to watch the film. Curse you, weekday releases! Anyway… On to the concert!
I remembered that the ticket selling were around September – October 2014 and it just so happened that my parents are still deciding on what to give me for a graduation gift. I then asked for Ed Sheeran tickets –lower box seats. This entire experience is thanks to my lovely parents! My friend also decided to come so I had a concert buddy. We played the waiting game until March 12, 2015 arrived!
Then, seven months ago, Ed Sheeran finally came out to a crowd of 16,000 Filipino Sheerios wearing a red plaid shirt and pants. The outfit looks very unassuming but just the first glance of him turned the crowd crazy (myself included.) I was expecting that there would be a band going out even in the background, but no, it’s only Ed Sheeran, his guitar, and pedals that lets him control other instrumentals.
Without any pause, he started belting out the guitar chords and singing to I’m A Mess. It was, hands on heart, the loudest crowd I’ve been a part of and that is saying something. The thing is, it gets louder as he played song after song.
Within the first few songs in the set, Ed Sheeran joked in what is regarded as British humour, “Thank you for spending money to see me, Manila!”
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Ed then mentioned that he was not planning on playing this song before starting “All of the Stars”. The whole crowd put their cellphones up. I have already seen this sea of lights on most concerts I’ve been but it’s still a sight to see. Always. I also love looking at the artist’s/band’s expression as they watched us wave our hands (and phones) up in the air.
I swear, the digital records of Ed Sheeran singing has nothing on what he sounds like live. He’s 10000x better. No surprise when the crowd became the loudest during “Thinking Out Loud”. This British crooner will make you want to fall in love.
Still, my favorite performance was the mash-up of Kiss Me/Tenerife Sea. If I ever get married, I want that song to be on my husband and I’s first dance.
Ed Sheeran vowed to come back to Manila before singing his last song for the night, “Sing”, which is more up-beat than some of his songs and have the entire crowd up on their feet, both singing and dancing. I believe the entire crowd was flustered on what to do next as Ed Sheeran disappeared on stage, ending the night. Most people sat down and absorbed what has just happened. I guess that’s Ed Sheeran’s effect on people.
Ed Sheeran’s concert has got to be my favorite show yet. Sorry, Taylor Swift. Ed Sheeran just did it for me. I know Ed is on some kind of break right now but I just can’t wait to be on his next show. It’s been months now but this experience is still very fresh in my mind. Huge props to MMI Live for the successful production of this concert!
Have you ever been to any Ed Sheeran show?
xoxo, Richel V.
PS. All photo credits go to Philippine Concerts. I can’t seem to find the photos I took. 🙁