Free Outdoor Show
February 7, 2013
Los Angeles, CA
By: Nevra Azerkan
Rating: [The Breakdown]
Ed Sheeran, Grammy nominated artist and the newest of the British Invasion, graced Los Angeles with multiple shows this month. One of which was a free show at The Grove. Since it was a school day I figured it probably wouldn’t be as chaotic as it usually is, but I was wrong. I arrived at The Grove a good hour before the start time and saw the stage area fairly empty and thought this should be easy to catch. That was before we were told that the line for the show started outside on a side street and once I found that side-street I saw a line that went on and on and on. Of course the line would be ridiculous. It’s Ed Sheeran we’re talking about here. Silly me.
When they finally got everyone positioned in front of the concert area we had to wait awhile before they got the show started. He was doing an interview at the side of the stage first and so everyone waited patiently. Once he got up there (and you know we all could spot that ginger hair) girls went nuts screaming, many yelling out “Ginger Jesus” and a few in the front were frantically waving signs with “Sheerios” written on them. Then there was down to earth Ed with his guitar and shy smiles. How is that not endearing?
He played two songs: “The A Team” and “Lego House”. He sounded EXACTLY the same as on his tracks, but it was still obvious that it was live. I will admit it that it’s a little unnerving how good he is. Thank goodness the sound was up too otherwise the crowd serenading him would have drowned out his voice. Yep, they knew every single word—to both songs. Had he played more of his record I’m sure they would have known all of those too.
Overall, it was a great show to catch because not many people get to see a rising star and Grammy-nominated artist for free. He didn’t disappoint in his short performance and it was also nice to see how graciously he interacted with the fans. I can tell you that even though he only performed two of his songs most of the people that attended the event would have paid good money to see it.