Ed Sheeran returned to Minneapolis for his Divided Tour on Saturday night, four years after his last visit to Minnesota. The stadium roared as Ed’s smile projected from backstage onto the massive U.S. Bank Stadium screens.
He entered the stage and a couple of strums on his guitar soon turned into the folk hit song “Castle On the Hill,” igniting a fiery enthusiasm in the crowd.
Everyone in the stadium jumped up on their feet and began to dance and sing along to the familiar tune. They sang “I’m on my way” at the top of their lungs with their arms extended out for Ed.
After his first song, Ed took a moment to officially greet Minneapolis. He thanked everyone for coming out on a Saturday night. And, with his rosy smile and charming English accent, he told the crowd, “I was instructed to say this: ‘Skol! Vikings, Skol!’
He also wanted to emphasize the fact that his show is completely live, should there be any skeptics out in the sea of filled stadium seats. Just him, a guitar and a loop pedal, a fact all true Ed Sheeran fans know.
Ed Sheeran was quick to engage with the crowd and command participation. To see how loud Minneapolis could be, Ed instructed everyone to scream after “3”.
This set the bar for the night and he let the crowd know that he expected that same level of intensity to be reached throughout the night.
The energy at U.S. Bank never subsided. The crowd matched Ed’s passion, whether it was during the powerful climax of “Bloodstream” or the tenderness of “Thinking Out Loud”.
Ed Sheeran set the tone for “A Team” by reminiscing of when he’d perform this same song at small bars, in front of a couple people. Cut to now, standing in front of thousands of fans at the breathtaking U.S. Bank Stadium.
Ed Sheeran had been engaging with the crowd and asking for the loudest participation possible the entire night. However, Ed asked everyone to stay completely silent during his favorite song to perform, “Teneferie Sea.”
As he sang from stage, the echo on the opposite side of the stadium sang back. The crowd swayed back and forth, with thousands of flashlights lighting up the arena.
His lyrics, “And should this be the last thing I see, I want you to know it’s enough for me,” although directed at the song’s intended subject, echoed through the arena as if directed to each and everyone there.
The sheer force of Ed Sheeran’s voice, his loop pedal and guitar is something uniquely special that left everyone in attendance feeling more impressed by him than they were coming into this incredible night. After a night like that, it’s safe to say that Minneapolis will be standing by for a future visit.