Ed Sheeran/ Anne Marie 22.03. 2017
Location: SAP Arena Mannheim
Ticket price: 86,34€
Favourite song of the artist: Lego house, Photograph, Castle on the hill
Least favourite song of the artist: Nina, New man
Favourite lyrics: „Wait for me to come home“ (Photograph)
Favourite song live: I see Fire, Nancy Mulligan
Favourite quote of the night: „And then the guy at the pub told me that he hates my songs, but he likes the Hobbit song“.
Why see this artist?
When I used the song ‚Lego house‘ right when it came out to teach English to some kids. Back then no one over here knew who Ed Sheeran was. I had stumbled over the iTunes session and loved it. So when the opportunity arose to finally see him I took it. Personally I wouldn’t have minded if he wouldn’t have been super famous when I saw him for the first time, so the concert would have been smaller, but good for him.
SAP arena is your standard stadium turned concert arena. Food stands are build-in and parking spaces are right at the arena. Personal advice: If you go to arena concerts, buy tickets for the inner circle or stand. The closer you get to the roof the more the sound sucks.
A couple of days before the concert my friend and I had decided that we would skip the support act and get something to eat instead. However on the day of the concert I saw that Anne-Marie was the support act and so we had to see her. It was so worth it. I don’t know what it is about these UK musicians but no matter how famous they get, they always seem to still have both feet on the ground. Same goes for Anne-Marie and Ed Sheehan. She sounds the same live as on the tracks, which is something I immensely appreciate. At one point she danced around so much on stage that she messed up her breathing and had to stop the song. Laughing about herself she told the audience what had happened and that she had to sit down. Giggling through her mess up she then started the song anew and had the audience laughing along with her.
When Ed Sheeran came on stage he walked out with his guitar and just started playing. In the end it doesn’t matter how big the arena or the crowd. The concert is still basically just a guy on a stage with his guitar and sampling machine playing his music and singing his songs. He had these amazing videos playing in the background. There was no band, however, which I didn’t miss, but would have liked to see anyway. No backings either. At one point he brought Anne Maries pianist back out to help him play a song, but that was it. I still think it’s remarkable how a guy can play two hours without any help (yes, I’ll leave aside here all technical tricks).
If you like Ed Sheeran’s music that’s what you get. If you expect a show: don’t go there. The charm of his concert lies in the fact that he is authentic, telling stories of getting drunk, hanging out in pubs and playing his guitar. Adding anything but the videos, and even they aren’t necessary in my opinion, would hurt the authenticity of the performance. He won’t strike sexy poses on stage and neither will he start to dance and he shouldn’t even try.
I had hoped he’d play Lego house, but he didn’t. However he added ‚I see fire‘ to the setlist in Germany and expressed his puzzlement about the success of the song in Germany. Apparently it was his big break here, even though it was never released as a single. Didn’t know that before the concert.
I am not sure if I am hoping for a band the next time I’ll see him live or not. Ican’t decide. I liked the concert just the way it was, blue whales (see below) and all.
The day of the concert I met a teacher who told me her students had claimed that they had seen Ed Sheehan at the cinema the day before. She doubted that it was true. However when Ed Sheeran started talking on stage he told us that he had had two off days in town, had done some sight seeing, shopping and bar hopping and had ended up in an Irish pub. The pub was mentioned at least 10 times that night. Guess the students were right after all.
How drunk was the video guy when he made the background video for „Thinking out loud“? It had us in stitches at one point, and even writing this now, I can’t help but laugh. All the other videos were so in sync with the songs, at times using words or lyrics, the colours matched the mood and so on. Amazing work. And then came ‚Thinking out loud‘: Imagine this romantic song, live on stage. And the video that is playing in the background is a space scene. Planets and stars that are floating through space like one of these old windows screen savers. And then at one point blue whales start flying through space as well. Planets, stars… blue whales. Since that night I’ve been trying to find a youtube video of the tour where one can see it, but it appears no one filmed it. It was HILAROUS and to this day gives me the giggles whenever I hear the song.
Do it again?
Yes, absolutely. What a fun night!