What a Perfect Time
By Klaudia Jablonska
On Oct. 4, Ed Sheeran fans were ecstatic as the artist held a concert in Chicago, as part of his North American Stadium Tour. The concert began at 7:00 p.m. in Soldier Field, but Sheeran did not come out until about 9:00 p.m.. Sheeran is an artist from the United Kingdom who started out playing guitar at a young age, and soon afterwards began writing his own songs. Sheeran became popular through his online performances, and hit the No. 1 spot on the iTunes chart before signing with a record label. At the beginning of his career, Sheeran would typically play small venues, and sometimes even performed on the streets to earn extra money. Sheeran became famous when he was discovered by famous American actor Jamie Foxx. After an interview between the two, Sheeran signed a record deal with Elton John’s management company, and then eventually signed a record deal with Atlantic Records.
When Sheeran released his major debut studio album, “+” (Plus), the album was an instant hit and sold more than a million copies within six months in the United Kingdom. The next album was also a success, producing three Top 10 singles: “Don’t,” “Photograph,” and “Thinking Out Loud.” “Thinking Out Loud” won a Grammy for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance in 2016. His third album “÷” (Divide) was also a success, with popular songs such as “Castle on the Hill,” “Shape of You,” “Perfect,” and so many more. Sheeran has become a pop sensation over the past few years, not only because he is a great singer/songwriter, but because he writes from personal experiences.
Opening for Sheeran at Soldier Field was Snow Patrol, who performed a couple of songs after 8:00 p.m., but ended with a bang by performing one of their most popular hits,“Chasing Cars,” (which many readers may recognize from the popular TV show “Grey’s Anatomy.”) During the show, Sheeran mentioned how he remembers opening up for Snow Patrol when he was still starting out as an artist, and ironically now, Snow Patrol was the opening act for his show.
Throughout the duration of the concert, Sheeran mixed it up by playing some of his older songs, but also played some of the most popular hits. He started his performance with “Castle on the Hill” and continued with some of his older songs such as “Eraser” and “The A Team.” During the concert, Sheeran also played some of his most popular songs like: “Happier,” “Galway Girl,” “Perfect,” and “Shape of You.”
Sheeran mentioned that he remembers first performing to a crowd of two people at a bar, and now he is lucky enough to be performing to thousands of fans. This was his biggest show in Chicago thus far, and the first time Sheeran performed in Soldier Field. A whopping 50,000 people came out to the concert on a chilly Chicago night with temperatures ranging from the high 40s to low 50s, and winds blowing close to 15 mph. Although many fans were not appropriately dressed for the show, the cold did not stop them from listening and staying until the end of the concert, which concluded at roughly about 11 p.m. The crowd was filled with all ages, ranging from teenagers to adults. As Sheeran mentioned, his crowd included all the enthusiastic fans, but also had two very important types of people there as well: the dads who came with their kids, and the boyfriends who did not necessarily know who Ed Sheeran was The crowd was energetic throughout the entire concert, which was especially shown when the song “Perfect” was sung, and almost every fan was swaying their phone’s flashlight to the music, lighting up Soldier Field. Despite the chilly weather, the concert was a massive success and an enjoyable experience for all ages.