The MOA Concert Grounds was teeming with thousands of Ed Sheeran fans lining up to watch the Manila leg of his Divide Tour last Sunday, April 8. I watched his first concert in Manila some four years ago and this year’s crowd was humongous compared to when it was held in MOA Arena. The Brit guitar man did not disappoint.
I told my date that Ed started his show exactly on time in his previous concert. No band, no back up singers and no dancers. Just good ol’Ed singing his heart out and changing his guitars after every song. Well, he was and hour late this time around but his performances were better than ever. He mostly sang songs from his Divide Album like Perfect, Shape of You, Gallway Girl and my all time favorite Dive. (So don’t call me baby, unless you mean it, Don’t tell me you need me, if you don’t believe it. So let me know the truth, before I dive right into you…) and also gave the shrieking fans memorable renditions of his older hit songs like “Thinking Out Loud” and “Photograph”. Ok, “Happier” gave the audience all kind of heartbreak feels. Aaarggghh!
With panels upon panels of gigantic LED screens on stage , Ed Sheeran was a force to be reckoned with. Singer, songwriter, rapper , percussionist (he used his guitar as a drum in a few numbers) and gifted guitarist, Manila fans sang and screamed as Ed belted out one number after another—non stop. Ed shared that he is quite over the moon because his Divide album has gone 8 times platinum in the Philippines. A fact that surprised him because his album’s sales in the Philippines are the same as in his home country , the UK.
Under the starlit sky, with wafts of the Manila Bay air making its way to the concert grounds, we all enjoyed the songs of Ed Sheeran. A Perfect night, indeed!
Congratulations Universal MCA Music for another successful concert!