Ed Sheeran ***
There was no displeasing the fans, who have even embraced the ridiculous Galway Girl, thankfully divested here of its naffer Celtic embellishments but signposted blatantly by lurid green lighting.
But, for the passerby, things started to sound pretty samey as Sheeran settled into his two default positions – the MOR love ballad and the hip-hop/R&B-influenced groove numbers, the best examples of each coming towards the end of the set.
Thinking Out Loud, for which he briefly went electric, is his most complete song, one which will likely reverberate longer than the disposable but way more enjoyable falsetto funk of Sing. As for technique, the stripped-back I See Fire showcased the finer points of his singing and playing, and the thin gruel of You Need Me, I Don’t Need You was jammed out to a blaring climax.