Ed Sheeran hits back at his Glastonbury performance critics

He's been accused of using a backing track

27 Jun 2017

Ed Sheeran's headline set at Glastonbury on Sunday was a highlight of the festival for many, but the singer has been accused of miming and using a backing track during his performance.

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Fans on Twitter complained that Ed was using pre-recorded music, unaware that he often uses a loop station when performing solo. This allows him to layer his vocals and instrumentals while he's on stage, which is a skill in itself. Remember his 2015 BRIT Awards performance?

But people aren't happy:

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Ed Sheeran just using loads of pre-recorded stuff,miming and not even pretending to play his guitar half the time #Glastonbury 😂😂

— Daz Bob and 36261 others (@dazbob666) June 25, 2017

Mystified by Ed Sheeran's live performance. He seems to record something, loop it, and then perform to a backing track? Not impressed...

— Paul (@Run_Dolly_Run) June 25, 2017

Did Ed Sheeran just mime? Guitar playing while he adjusted his mic. #Glastonbury #AirGuitar

— Mr. B (@improveincrease) June 25, 2017
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After face-palming several times, Ed responded to explain the situation:

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 x

— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) June 26, 2017

Anyway, great night, great atmosphere, family, friends, fun. Love you all x

— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) June 26, 2017

His performance has been met with mixed reviews from critics, but it's also received a lot of love online:

Ed sheeran is on a different level. One guitar and a loop pedal. Insanely talented #glastonbury17

— Mike Walker (@mikewalker_mgn) June 25, 2017

Ed Sheeran is different gravy. Realises guitar is out of tune, carries on with Bloodstream, whilst tuning & re-recording loop simultaneously

— Olly (@ollylwest) June 25, 2017

When @edsheeran does Bloodstream live, I watch in awe. To me, it's nothing short of incredible.

— Chris Moyles (@ChrisMoyles) June 25, 2017

Damn Ed Sheeran u good #glastonbury17 pic..com/AqpPUQgLue

— Josh (@JoshRyanUK) June 25, 2017

Ed Sheeran is the f*cking man. Next question.

— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) June 25, 2017

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