Ed Sheeran closes Glastonbury to high praise and low blows

Ed Sheeran and his well-travelled guitar closed Glastonbury 2017, drawing a very mixed response from music lovers

Ed Sheeran’s headline set at Glastonbury appeared to divide viewers – with some saying he ‘killed it’,  but others complaining that his act was not worthy of the slot.

The Eraser singer closed this year’s festival with a performance on the Pyramid Stage on Sunday night.

He reeled out a string of hits such as Castle On The Hill and The A-Team, to high praise from many fans.

Teen fans Issy Symonds and Lucy Alexander told the Press Association: “It was unreal… the best.

“He was so cool about it. We loved his rapping – he’s a lyrical genius.”

Many dubbed him a ‘legend’ on social media.


However, Sheeran’s guitar skills did not please everyone, with some music fans calling his performance ‘middle of the road’.


Some fans suggested that Nile Rodgers and Chic, who were on the Pyramid Stage earlier in the evening and dazzled the crowd with 70s disco classics, were too tough an act for Sheeran to follow.

Brothers Jamie and Alan Cawthorn told the Press Association: “Nice bloke, not a great headliner.

“Chic and Stormzy were the best acts of the weekend, getting everybody moving and dancing.

“Ed was great, but you’ve got a hell of a lot to live up to when you are (playing the same stage as) The Rolling Stones.

“Him and Adele are the new boring for me, which is a tad unfair but there’s something in it. Six out of 10.”

Kunal Ahluwalia said Sheeran was ‘amazing’, but added his disappointment that rumours about a surprise appearance from pop star Taylor Swift turned out not to be true.

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