Ed Sheeran received a warm reception when he played the Fargodome with Lauv and Snow Patrol Oct. 17.
Anticipating the throngs of fans choking passageways, doors opened at 5:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show. Despite this, there was still plenty of congestion around the merch stands throughout much of the concert.
Up-and-coming star Lauv opened the night with a short 30-minute set. Lauv rose in popularity with his pop track “I Like Me Better When I’m With You,” which the young artist performed twice during his set.
The artists behind the iconic song “Chasing Cars,” Snow Patrol followed Lauv shortly after. Playing a much longer set, the alternative rock group performed songs from throughout their 25 years as a band. Sheeran had toured with them before when we was starting out and has even written songs with them before. This friendship with the band made their inclusion on the North American stadium tour a given.
Snow Patrol released their first album in five years, “Wilderness,” earlier this year and played multiple songs from the album, including “Empress,” “Life On Earth” and “What If This Is All the Love You’ll Ever Get.” Hits such as “Crack the Shutters” and “Chocolate” were also played before culminating with their biggest hit, “Chasing Cars.”
International pop icon and main event, Ed Sheeran took the stage to begin a nonstop two-hour set. Despite performing solo with a looping station as the only other fixture on the stage, Sheeran commanded the space with more skill than many full bands.
All about a shared experience between himself and the audience, Sheeran spent time to share stories, joke and encourage the audience, at one point saying: “There’s no such thing as ‘can’t sing’. There is such a thing as ‘can’t sing in tune,’ but don’t worry about that. That’s my job. So dance and sing until you have no voice left.”
As the Fargo date was part of Sheeran’s North American stadium tour in support of his latest album “Divide,” many new songs were played as well. Since the album has been out for over a year at this point, these songs were cheered for as strongly as his older hits.
Not surprisingly, Sheeran was brought out for an encore, which he readily obliged, starting off with “Divide” hit “Shape of You” and ending with confident steamroller “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You.”
Fargo will no doubt enthusiastically welcome the British pop artist when his next album brings him “across the pond” again.