South Africans have been waiting for Ed Sheeran to perform in Mzansi for years and after a brief performance during the Global Citizen concert held in December last year, Ed Sheeran finally performed a full set for his South African fans. Ed has been one of the most popular artists in South Africa in terms of album sales and airplay with his ‘Divide’ album selling more than 90 000 copies in South Africa alone. Ed has four sold out shows in the country and after watching his first show in Johannesburg, we were totally blown away – and there’s a few reasons why.

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The Opening Acts Gave It Their All

There are two opening acts on the local stop of the Divide World Tour. Ed picked pop sensation Shekhinah to kick things off and she looked really comfortable singing in front of so many people. The star sang hits like ‘Suited’, ‘Your Eyes’ and ‘Let You Go’ and really held her own which was impressive. Ed also brought out English singer Passenger to open the South African leg – and he smashed it. Although being a little too similar to the style of music Ed creates, the star gave a phenomenal performance. He has such a unique voice which really comes to life in a live setting. He performed a variety of hits including his “one famous song”, the popular ‘Let Her Go’ and was both charismatic, funny and calculated in his performance. The star has felt a lot of love from local audiences through his career and even hinted that he could be back for a headline show later this year.

Ed Performed All The Songs We Loved

Ed Sheeran fans were in for a real treat. The Divide World Tour celebrates Ed’s third studio album ‘Divide’ and saw the star perform hits like ‘Shape Of You’, ‘Castle On The Hill’ and ‘Perfect’ as well as other fan-favourites like ‘Nancy Mulligan’ and ‘Eraser’, Ed really showcased this phenomenal album. However, the star didn’t forget about the hits like ‘Thinking Out Loud’, ‘The A Team’, ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’ and ‘Bloodstream’ amongst others.

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Ed Added A Few Extra Tracks To The Setlist

Since this was Ed’s first headlining tour in the country, the star threw in a few songs that weren’t in the original tour setlist to give South African fans a chance to see him perform them live. The star mixed things up over the two nights in Johannesburg and threw in tracks like ‘Lego House’, ‘Kiss Me, ‘Give Me Love,’ ‘I See Fire’ and his cover of ‘Love Yourself’ – a song he wrote for Justin Beiber’s ‘Purpose’ album.

Ed Gave One Hell Of A Show

Listen, going to an Ed Sheeran concert is very different experience than attending a Katy Perry or Lady Gaga show. It’s just Ed, his guitar, loop pedal and exceptional voice. That’s it. Just one man on stage in front of 65 000 people – a feat not many people can say they’ve accomplished. But, Ed totally commanded that stage. Everyone’s eyes were on the star. Ed started each song off by building it up with his loop pedal which was really a treat to watch and once everything came together, his inner rock star came out. It’s not often so many people come together to watch one man play some songs, but Ed has the formula down to a T – and it’s clearly got the world fixated.

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Ed Was Proud To Be In South Africa

Ed is a sports fan and showed his support for our local sports teams on both nights of his Johannesburg shows. On night one, Ed came out in a Springbok jersey to perform ‘Shape Of You’ and ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’ and after watching the T20 final between Sri Lanka and South Africa on the day of his second show, the star sang the encore in his Proteas jersey – and local audiences loved it.

Ed gave local audiences the show they’ve been waiting years to witness and we’re already waiting for him to visit out shores during his next tour. Cape Town, you’re in for a real treat.

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