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In the beautiful setting of Florence, Ed Sheeran headlined the Friday night of Firenze Rocks in front of 65.000 people. It became a special concert which will live in the memories of attendants for a while. Let’s look back on this special concert and why this was so memorable.
1. The singalongs
The setlist for the whole Divide tour was basically the same: he begun with ‘Castle on the Hill’, continuing with ‘The A Team’ and then all his greatest hits from his whole discography. There was also an anticipation from his upcoming album No. 6 Collaborations Project (released on July 2019), ‘I Don’t Care’ written with his longtime friend Justin Bieber. The modern one man band played his songs perfectly, in some cases modifying them and interacting with the crowd.
The most intense moments were probably ‘The A Team’ and ‘Perfect’ when all the audience sang with Ed like they were part of the band.
2. The Italian ‘Perfect’
In tribute to the Italian audience, Ed Sheeran performed the outro of ‘Perfect’ in Italian (taken from the ‘Perfect Symphony’ feat Andrea Bocelli): what a singalong and good pronunciation Ed!
3. Rare performance
Florence was the first of his three Italian concerts (Rome and Milan the other two), and one of the only two (!) festival appearances in the whole of Europe. The other one was at Sziget.
4. The involvement with Italy
On the same weekend of “Pitti Men” and “Calcio Fiorentino”, Ed Sheeran registered the record of 65.000 people at Firenze Rocks. With an Italian national jersey on, the redhead prodigy enchanted the crowd with his guitar and his loop pedal. “Pitti Men” is one of the most important platform for men’s fashion held in the fourteenth century fort “Fortezza Da Basso”; on the other hand, historic “Calcio Fiorentino” is an early form of football strongly felt by the whole cizitenship. Needless to say, both the events attract thousands of visitors and tourists.
5. The bill
Ed Sheeran was not the only act on this day at Firenze Rocks. Festival goers were also able to enjoy concerts by Scottish band Snow Patrol, Zara Larsson and Matt Simons. Now that’s a bill!
Along with Ed Sheeran, the other headliners of Firenze Rocks 2019 were Tool, The Smashing Pumpkins, Eddie Vedder and The Cure. A festival to never forget.
Ed Sheeran is an English musician born in Halifax, West Yorkshire in 1991. After moving to London in 2008 and performing in small venues, he starts studying at the Academy of Contemporary Music in 2009. Through his videos on YouTube, Sheeran began to be seen by more people, while his fan-base also grew. In 2011, Sheeran released his debut album + (Plus). The album gained generally positive reviews from the media, winning numerous Brit Awards. It was also nominated for a Grammy Award in 2013. However, his international career peaked with the release of his second album x (Multiply). With over four million sales in the U.S, the album was named the second-best-selling album of 2015 worldwide. In 2017 he published his third album named ÷ (Divide) to critical acclaim. He released his latest album No. 6 Collaborations Project in 2019.