Ed Sheeran Headlined At Glastonbury Last Night And The Internet Is Divided Over His Performance
Glastonbury is arguably the biggest and best festival in the world, and every year much of the talk leading up to it is focused on the headline acts.
Anyone who’s anyone has performed on the famed Pyramid Stage – although the choice of certain artists doesn’t always go down well with people in attendance – with the likes of Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Kanye West and Adele all causing somewhat of a controversy over the years with their headline sets.
This year it was the turn of man of the moment – and Suffolk lad – Ed Sheeran, who took to the stage in front of tens of thousands of revellers with nothing but a guitar and a loop pedal – which seemed to annoy some people – even though it’s a skill that’s pretty difficult to master.
Many praised the singer for commanding the stage and relying solely on his talent rather than any gimmicks, while others complained that he wasn’t worthy of a headline slot.
Here’s some of the criticisms people were levelling at him:
I have truly tried to like Ed Sheeran but gawd he is dreadful, why play the biggest gig of your life to a backing tape, not good Ed
— Tracey (@traceyjfranks) June 25, 2017
Watching Ed Sheeran. He's shite. Who's playing all the other instruments I can hear? Is it a backing tape?
— There Is A Light (@SabBeale) June 25, 2017
— Peter Smith (@Redpeter99) June 26, 2017
Unfortunately,Ed Sheeran is no Barry Gibb, Nile Rogers… let’s not even stretch it to Stevie Wonder
— Dino Simeone (@DinoSimeone) 25 June 2017
— sam bramwell (@bumfluffboo) June 25, 2017
Truth be told, guitar plays by itself, ghost backing singers, backing tracks. Ed Sheeran has bombed #glastonbury2017
— Ray (@Raymax) June 25, 2017
Ever been impressed by a busker and stood and listened for 1 song, maybe 2, before getting bored and walk off. That's Ed Sheeran.
— Steff Rogers (@SteffRog) June 26, 2017
Others, however, couldn’t praise Ed enough, and lauded his performance whilst highlighting his use of a loop pedal, which essentially records him playing a live segment which then adds to his vocals and chords:
I can't believe that there are still people in the world who think Ed Sheeran uses a backing track.
EVERYTHING IS LIVE. EVERY SOUND IS HIM.
— Sami 🎭 (@LANYDreamer) June 25, 2017
If people understood a loop pedal Ed Sheeran would get more credit, everything you hear is done on that stage live
— GTHEB (@BruceRioch4) June 25, 2017
I've never seen a person perfect the loop pedal as much as Ed Sheeran, holding a crowd like that on his own is amazing 👏🏻👏🏻 #Glastobury2017
— TOMMY GARRY (@tom_garry) June 25, 2017
— Emma (@emmalgodwin) June 25, 2017
So many people complaining that Ed Sheeran is using a 'backing tape' clearly don't understand the concept of loop pedals
— nicola✖️ (@nixola_) June 25, 2017
All the Ed Sheeran "backing track" tweets are hilarious! Like or loathe, 1 guy, a guitar & a loop pedal commanding 100k people! #glastonbury
— Dan Caplin (@househunter) June 25, 2017
Ed Sheeran is literally the most talented person in the industry, what an incredible performer #glastonburyfestival2017 🎤✌️🎤
— JJ HAMBLETT (@JJHamblett) June 25, 2017
— Mark Kidwell (@MKidwellny) June 26, 2017
— Martin Nichol (@martin_nichol75) June 26, 2017
In many walks of life people are born with a gift but gotta say Ed Sheeran was born with bucketloads amazing.. pure raw talent #Glastonbury
— Iwan Thomas MBE (@Iwanrunner) June 25, 2017
In 2012, the singer appeared on American radio station 102.7 KIIS-FM, where he demonstrated how he used a loop pedal to create his signature sound. You can check out the tutorial below:
Ed’s Glastonbury set featured a string of hits including Castle On The Hill, Lego House and Shape Of You. During the performance he thanked the festival for having him and said: “I would like to say it was a dream of mine.
But I never thought I would even get to the point where I was playing this stage, let alone headlining it.”
Ed, don’t listen to the haters, you were bloody marvellous.
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Images via Twitter/Getty.