Guest Blogger: Cody Boyd
Venue: Rogers Place Edmonton
Artist: Ed Sheeran with James Blunt
I had several firsts this last Tuesday night July 25th, 2017. First Ed Sheeran concert, first show at Rogers place and the first concert of any kind that I attended with my significant other.
It was also the first time I went to a show as media photographer. In this role I was up close to capture shots and I can tell you that no one enjoys performing or appreciates his fans more than Ed Sheeran.
I only was allowed to take photos during the first three songs of the concert, so I experienced the rest of the show a seat higher up in the stadium. Rogers Place is an exceptional venue with an excellent sound system and great acoustics. I don’t believe there is a bad seat in the house. Of course a lot credit must go to Ed Sheeran’s touring crew. The show was exceptionally well mixed and the sound of every song resonated throughout the hall.
Unsurprisingly, an Ed Sheeran concert has very high production value and that money was well spent. The design of the stage was unique and also versatile, subtlety integrating positions for moving lights into the main structure as well as having additional structures with integrated moving lights that were on motorized line sets. All this gave the show’s lighting designer many tools to produce specific looks for each song. These looks complimented the performance beautifully. Something others may not pick up on as much, but as someone who works in production industry myself, I was very impressed.
That being said one element of the production that did not always compliment Sheeran’s performance was the graphics on the large video wall. While there were some images that flowed with the lighting design, there were also many that served as more of a distraction. I hate cliches as much as anyone, but I think that this was a situation where the adage “less is more,” should have been kept in mind.
With or without all the advantages of a production crew it is clear that Ed Sheeran puts on a great show. He performed all the songs you would expect from “Castle on the Hill,” to “Photograph.” His energy is intoxicating and I don’t think anyone in his position has ever been more humble or grateful for where he is. His audience clearly loves him, but I can say without a doubt he loves them back.
Returning to the topic of firsts, this is my first time writing a review for this blog. The show was a great experience and I’m glad that I was able to share it with my favourite person. This forum is hers. I appreciate her letting me put my voice to it. I hope I can again.