Not quite long after Justin Bieber’s terrible Mumbai concert (May 2017), and exactly a year after the memorable Coldplay concert (19 November 2016), history repeated itself. Ed Sheeran appeared in a larger-than-life concert last night at Mumbai’s Jio Garden, BKC. While I was fangirling with the masses, Ed Sheeran’s concert (a part of his Asia tour) was undoubtedly a smashing hit. Like they say, he came, he saw, he conquered.
The evening started with the performance of an American pop artiste Lauv who set up the ball rolling pretty well. Clad in an ocean blue kurta with ‘Divide’ written in Hindi at the back, Sheeran hit the stage with Castle on the Hill and I couldn’t be happier. It was not just another night; I was staring at the moon and I saw a shooting star!
In the almost two-hour-long show, Sheeran enthralled the audience with his popular tracks from his album Divide. His song list for the night included hits like Eraser, Perfect, Nancy Mulligan, Galway Girl, Hearts Don’t Break Around Here, and New Man among others. As the audience was in anticipation of the most popular number Shape of You, they weren’t disappointed, everyone sang along.
He serenaded the crowd with his rendition of the Grammy-winning romantic ballad Thinking Out Loud! Also, we adored the fact when Ed invited PJ Smith, an Irishman who works as a carpenter on Ed Sheeran’s tour and is an extremely accomplished pianist. The English singer asked him to join on the stage to help him out on a piano-based song. Just an acoustic guitar and a loop station, and his guitar skills, he did it all by himself.
The night ended with the banging song You Need Me, I Don’t Need You which smashed the crowd. However, we feel it was an abrupt end, as fans were cheering for one more, Sheeran had owned Mumbai and captured undivided attention from his fans at the end of his one and half hour set.