Ed Sheeran Shuts Down The Critics Who Accused Him Of Miming At Glastonbury

26 June 2017, 15:27

Ed Sheeran hits back Glasto critics

By Alice Westoby

The 'Shape Of You' singer's headline performance at Glastonbury Festival divided opinion.

As always with a festival as huge as Glastonbury, the line up can't please everyone!

And even one of the world's biggest artists, Ed Sheeran, couldn't keep the haters at bay when he took to the Pyramid Stage for the headline slot of this year's Glastonbury Festival.

The red headed singer-songwriter opened his set with his hit 'Castle On A Hill' and performed the whole thing on stage alone with only his guitar and a loop pedal, the latter of which has been the cause of many of the complaints.

Ed Sheeran Glastonbury 2017

Ed uses a loop pedal to record his vocals and guitar live on stage, he then loops the recordings so he can layer up the accompaniment and make for a sound that seems much larger than just one man and his guitar on stage.

The effect is amazingly impressive and it isn't easy to do, but on Saturday when Ed recorded his own vocals, played them back with the loop pedal and then sang over the top of them, it led many to wrongly accuse him of using a backing track or miming.

Awkward! Of course, many of Ed's loyal fans were quick to jump to his defence and explain how a loop pedal works, but the singer himself also decided to wade in on the discussion.

He said: "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". 

It's disappointing that he felt the need to defend himself on the biggest night of his career, but it's easy to see how some people were fooled by his musical gadgets - he's so flippin' good!

Thankfully the majority of people were full of praise for the 26-year-old's set including many of his celebrity pals who tweeted their support.

Whats next for Ed, then? You can't get much bigger than Glastonbury!