Ed Sheeran took to a sold out Mt Smart Stadium last night, where close to 50,000 delighted fans packed the venue.
It’s been less than a year since the ginger-haired singer was in the country wooing fans with a packed to the rafter’s performance at Vector Arena.
Sheeran took the stage after three acts: Foy Vance, Passenger and Rudimental – who nearly blew out the sound system, causing a minor delay before announcing, “the show must go on”.
Sheeran sported a 2015 All Blacks jersey with a large number 11 and the name Lomu on his back, which made the stadium erupt with applause.
Being the last show of his tour, he said it “doesn’t matter if I have no voice, I’m going to sing my heart out”.
After wooing the crowd with speeches about how he loves New Zealand and being a part of it, the 24-year-old singer belted out his first tune, I’m A Mess.
The show consisted of just Sheeran, his guitar and a loop pedal, which left all eyes on him throughout the two-hour set.
The British singer rocked out on a silver platformed stage that reflected bouncing coloured lights. On screens behind him, an incredible array of art, special effects and graphics played out over video images of the star for a colourful backdrop, probably helpful and entertaining for those in the cheap seats.
Throughout the evening, the audience sang the words to all of the red head’s songs, including the Hobbit anthem I See Fire, which Sheeran mixed with Feeling Good. Fans were also ecstatic when he deviated from the set list to play Small Bump.
The show ended fittingly on Sing when thousands sang along in full force an a capella chorus of “whoa-oh’s”.
Saturday night marked Sheeran’s last concert after four-and-a-half years of touring. He is taking a much-needed break to get ear surgery for his burst eardrum.
Don’t / No Diggity / Nina
Feeling Good / I See Fire
Can’t Help Falling In love With You / Thinking Out Loud
The A Team
You Need Me, I Don’t Need You / In Da Club / Know Yourself
View: Photos from Ed Sheeran performing at Mount Smart Stadium, December 12, 2015