Screaming teenage girls adore UK's Ed Sheeran

Feb 11 2013 - 9:52am

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Sold-out, Saltair, screaming girls -- that's a brief summary of Ed Sheeran's recent concert.

Not to forget frozen feet and glorious fangirling.

Ed Sheeran is a fiery-haired solo artist from the United Kingdom who sings about everything from cold coffee to gold rushes, all of it being metaphorical of course. His lyrics can bring you up from the lowest of lows and have gotten millions of people through those nights where you just need a voice other than the one in your head.

Sheeran does all of his music himself; no band, no electronic effects, just his raw voice and shrunken guitar.

I waited outside Saltair for an hour before the show started last Wednesday, Feb. 6, hoping to be close to the front. It was a great idea to be close to the stage, but a bad idea for my toes. Everyone in line was shivering and shaking, waiting for the doors to finally open and let us in to the warmth.

When we were finally let in, the first act was an Irish man named Foy Vance. He was extremely talented and had a catchy folk twang that got everyone excited for Ed's similar, soulful vibe. Rizzle Kicks came on next; they're a British rap duo who took control of the crowd and by the second line of the first song, everyone was dancing.

Since the show was sold out, it was obviously extremely packed and anyone in the main crowd could barely breathe. Ed Sheeran wouldn't even take the stage until we spread out and gave each other some breathing room.

Once Sheeran finally got on stage, the volume of the crowd went from 5 to 1,000. It was then obvious that this British singer's fan base is mainly screaming teenage girls. He interacted with the crowd a lot and sounded absolutely amazing live.

The singer has just become popular in the United States during the past year. His song "The A Team" was nominated for Song of the Year at Sunday's 2013 Grammy Awards and he is going to be on tour this year in North America opening for Taylor Swift's Red Tour.

Sheeran ended the show with an 11-minute version of his song "You Need Me, I Don't Need You." It is my favorite song by him; something about the seemingly unedited lyrics and the way they are rapped just gets me.

All in all, Ed Sheeran put on an amazing show -- I just don't think that I would want to be surrounded by those fans at a concert again.

Savannah Rice is a sophomore at Weber High School. Contact her at indigo.polarbear@gmail.com.

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