Suffolk singer Ed Sheeran takes to Glastonbury Festival stage
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Ed Sheeran opened the headline slot at Glastonbury Festival tonight with his hit track about growing up in the Suffolk town of Framlingham.
Armed with his acoustic guitar, the singer belted out Castle on the Hill, which he has previously called his “love song for Suffolk”, to thousands of adoring fans at the Pyramid stage.
True to form, Ed dressed casually in a red checked shirt and jeans.
After going straight into his first song, Ed admitted to the crowd: “I’m very nervous and very excited.”
People in the audience swayed lighters and bright phone screens in the air when he played one of his early and more mellow numbers, The A Team.
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Ed gave a shout out to his grandfather, who he said had attended his first festival ever to see his show tonight.
He performed alone for all bar one song. Irish folk band Beoga were brought on for Galway Girl, with Ed giving each member a hug as they joined him on stage.
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Before launching into his penultimate song Shape of You, the star announced to the crowd: “Thank you so much for coming to watch me. I would like to say this has been a dream of mine but I never thought I would get to the point of even playing this stage, never mind headlining it.”
Ed ended his set with You Need Me, I Don’t Need You - a song which he said he wrote he was 15 years old and “probably should have stopped playing a long time ago”.