Glastonbury 2017 Ed Sheeran trades in superstar guests for simplicity at Glastonbury 2017

 Ed Sheeran trades in superstar guests for simplicity at Glastonbury 2017

Say what you like about Ed - he’s divisive after all - but he pulls tonight off.

If you never thought you’d see Chic and Biffy Clyro opening for Ed Sheeran, think again; this is Glastonbury after all, where weird and bizarre happenings lurk around every single corner. Met with divisiveness when his headline slot was announced, you can also say what you like about Ed - that he’s a bit of a gimmick, that there’s only so far you can go with one loop pedal and a guitar - but it’s still pretty remarkable that one bloke with such a minimal foundation has gone on to sell out Wembley five times over all on his tod, and is dominating charts left right and centre with his latest album, tellingly, named ‘Divide’. Now, he’s headlining the world’s most famous festival, too.

As it goes, Ed relishes playing up to his own opinion-splitting nature tonight. “I’m going to play a song now that you might not like,” he says with a smirk, “but I’m pretty sure you know the words”. He’s referring to ‘Galway Girl’ (which to be fair, is both awful and infectiously catchy), and though at times things get cheesier than a day trip to the Cheddar Gorge - especially during this show’s sole guest appearance from an Irish musical quartet - there’s no denying that he’s capable of building up an almighty sing-along from completely nothing, and commanding many thousands of people all on his own.

Where previous headliners have wheeled out a star-studded line-up of surprise guests, Ed Sheeran totally forgoes bells and whistles to bring a show that’s raw, stripped-down, and a grinning finger stuck up at his considerable amounts of detractors. Love or hate Ed Sheeran, you have to take your hat off to him tonight.

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Photos: Emma Swann

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