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Was the Criticism of Ed Sheeran and his Glastonbury Performance Justified?

criticism of Ed Sheeran and his performance at Glastonbury

Was the criticism of Ed Sheeran and his performance at Glastonbury justified?

Rather surprisingly most of the criticism of Ed Sheeran and his Glastonbury performance centred on whether he was performing live or miming along to a backing track. Amongst the many twitter comments were:

“Don’t understand how Ed Sheeran’s headlining with a backing track even Shaggy had a full backing band”.

“Why is Ed Sheeran miming playing a guitar to a backing track”.

“Basically it’s Ed Sheeran singing to a backing track. Couldn’t he get real musicians?  I like him but all a bit karaoke”.

Now I admit to liking Ed Sheeran, probably because, as I have young kids, he is constantly playing in the background. He is not a virtuoso guitarist but that’s not what you expect of him and certainly not what he claims to be.  However, it is hard to deny that he is a great musician, singer and songwriter who is at the height of his skill.  The question is therefore why the barrage of criticism of Ed Sheeran and his Glastonbury performance?

 


Well sadly in this case we can put it down to the ignorance of the audience. The criticism of his performance prompted Sheeran to tweet:

“Never thought I’d have to explain it, but everything I do in my live show is live, it’s a loop station not a backing track. Please Google”.

Well when they do Google the term Loop Station we hope they pick up our recent article on the benefits of Loop pedals. Certainly they wouldn’t be so ignorant of what Sheeran had done at Glastonbury.

If any of you have used a loop pedal then you will know, they are a fantastic thing to have in your tool kit but they can be difficult to use. Not because there is anything difficult to understand about the pedal itself but, recording, looping and re-recording can become quite confusing depending on the number of layers you record.  To do this live on-stage in front of tens of thousands of people takes a lot of skill and a certain degree of courage which can only be applauded.

Is the criticism of Ed Sheeran and his Glastonbury performance justified? The skill and courage required to do what he did at Glastonbury in front of so many people.  We don’t think so!  What do you think – was the criticism of Ed Sheeran and his Glastonbury performance justified?

If you haven’t seen his performance you can check it out on the BBC Glastonbury performances page.

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