Ed Sheeran/ Anne-Marie, 14.07.2018
Location: Friends Arena, Stockholm
Hotel: Hotel Rival, Stockholm
Favourite song of the artist: Photograph, Lego House (2002, Alarm)
Least favourite song of the artist: Eraser
Favourite lyrics: ‘Perfect'(Anne Marie)
Favourite song live: 2002/ Galway Girl
Favourite quote of the night: Just Anne-Marie’s laughter
Why this artist?
As you already know, because you all read this blog before, I’ve seen them both before and really liked the concert. So why not?
Originally we wanted tickets to a show in London, but it was sold out so fast that we couldn’t get tickets anymore. The idea was to add a short city trip to the concert. Because I’ve previously been to Stockholm and knew my way around we decided to go to Stockholm. We hopped on a Lufthansa flight in Frankfurt and landed in Arlanda. We had chosen the Rival hotel in Stockholm, Södermalm. I liked the hotel, but I have to admit that I liked the Hilton in Stockholm more. The rooms were bigger and there was a really good gym at the Hilton. They are both great for a stay, though.
In hindsight Stockholm was a good decision, because the weather was incredible, the city is really beautiful and the organisation of the concert was incredible. Starting with a very detailed itinerary, to so many entrances you barely had to wait, to good security checks, great food, DJs in the food areas and free water for everyone. I really liked it and I think the arenas in Germany could really learn a thing or two from the Friends Arena in Stockholm. Only problem was that on the day of the concert the main trainline that goes to the arena was closed and so everyone had to take the underground back. The underground station was a 20 minute walk away and the station and trains unbelievably crowded.
The concert started pretty early at 18:30 with the first support act Jamie Lawson. The guy is signed with Ed Sheeran’s label and was pretty good.I think his music was a bit lost at times in the huge arena.
Next came Anne-Marie, who sang her songs from her debut album ‘Speak your mind’ (buy it if you haven’t done it yet!). I might be biased because I really love the album, but I thought Anne-Marie was amazing. Like the first time when I saw her, she sings really really good but manages to be charming on stage, while erupting in several giggle fits at the most inopportune times. It’s really endearing and always makes me laugh.
She sang all the songs one knows like Rockabye, Alarm, Friends and also my personal favourites 2002 and Perfect. I really have to go and see her when she comes around with her own tour again. Last time I couldn’t go because of some health issues and am regretting it even more now that her album is out.
When Ed Sheeran came on stage he started with ‘Castle on the hill’. Next came Eraser. There were a couple of mash-ups or songs he played only half and then blended over into the next song.
Also, compared to the last time I saw him, he talked a lot less on stage. This isn’t anything negative but merely an observation.
Again I had hoped that he would play “Lego house”, especially because he apparently played it in Goteborg, but no such luck. I guess I have to wait until the next time.
One major thing that was not really good in the arena was the sound. The bass echoed a lot and when Ed spoke you were barely able to understand him because of the delay. On the upside, the audience sang so loud that it was hardly possible to understand him anyway, so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.
You remember my rant about ‘Thinking out loud’ and the flying whale in space? (If not check out my last post about Ed Sheeran on this blog) They changed the video! It still has a space theme, but now it’s about love and you can see a couple (see pictures). More fitting the song, but a lot less funny.
I’ve seen Ed Sheeran twice now and was lucky enough to get tickets. It is absolutely beyond me, however, why anyone would pay hundreds of Euros /dollars to see an artist on stage, when its not the officially set ticket price. I’ve always refused to be ripped off by someone and pay double, triple or more than the original ticket price. And I also think that the people who do are, in a way, responsible for the madness that concerts are sold out in seconds and at the same time the tickets are offered at other platforms for a lot more money. Don’t support it, don’t pay it, don’t buy it and this madness will stop. So, while it causes some trouble to have personalised tickets, I understand why Ed Sheeran now wants to put an end to this madness. In all honesty I think a lot more artists should do that.
Do it again?
Yes, I would. But I will probably wait until he has a new album. I’ve basically seen the same show twice now, so it’s time for something new.