International star Ed Sheeran delivered a perfect performance at the Saturday event of his Divide Tour in South Africa at the FNB Stadium.
Concert goers also experienced a much safer and more organised event since the debacle of the Global Citizen Concert last year, where visitors stood in queues for hours and were later assaulted and mugged on their way out.
Gangs apparently corralled crowds into groups and accosted and stole their belongings while police looked on, doing nothing.
But it was different on Saturday as Johannesburg Metro Police were on duty from 10am at intersections leading to the concert, and stadium security ensured swift movement in and out of entrances.
Sheeran performed for over an hour and a half without taking a break, delivering hits like Castle on the Hill, Perfect and Photograph to an appreciative crowd.
During a break, he entertained the audience with small stories and appreciation for being able to play in Joburg.
He said that over the years he’d come to recognise two types of audiences at his shows – those who love his songs and those who are there because they’ve been dragged along by someone they know. In the second category, he mentioned boyfriends and “superdads” who were chaperoning their kids.
“But you’re out here giving your time up on a Saturday night because it makes the person you love happy, and that’s great,” he said.
At the end of the show, he performed his hit Shape of You wearing a Springbok Jersey.
With just his guitar in hand, he proved why he’s considered one of the best in the business right now.
On Sunday, Ed Sheeran showed his support for the Proteas while attending the third T20 against Sri Lanka.