Ed Sheeran takes to the Pyramid stage


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The star has dominated the charts in 2017

Pop star Ed Sheeran is headlining Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage, just six years after his debut at one of the festival’s smallest venues.

In 2011, the star played the solar-powered Croissant Neuf stage, playing “to about 500 people”.

Now, he is closing the festival, opening his set with Castle On The Hill, the lead single from the year’s best-selling record, ÷ (Divide).

The 26-year-old admitted he was “very nervous but very excited” to be there.

“For those of you who haven’t seen one of my shows before or haven’t heard one of my songs, please pretend that you know them,” he told the audience. “For those of you who have, please sing all of the words.”

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“I think this year is going to be the high point of my career,” Sheeran told the BBC in March

“The aim of tonight is to lose our voices,” he added. “I’m going to lose mine as well.”

The star is playing, as he usually does, without a band; using a loop pedal to layer his vocal and guitar lines.

Following Castle On The Hill, he played Eraser and his first hit single A-Team; illuminated by the audience, who held their phones aloft, creating the impression of 80,000 fireflies bobbing around the fields of Worthy Farm.

Prior to the show, Sheeran told BBC Radio 1 he was looking forward to his first headline slot.

“I’m actually more excited about this than I was about playing Wembley [Stadium] – because when you’re playing your own shows, you’re not really winning anyone over.

“Knowing that there are people in the audience that possibly don’t like my music at all… that excites me.”

Killer surprise

The 26-year-old is closing the festival after a weekend that has seen sets from Royal Blood, Katy Perry, Stormzy, Foo Fighters, Radiohead and The Killers – who played a secret show on the John Peel stage earlier on Sunday evening.

“They say you play the John Peel Stage twice in your career – once on the way up, and once on the way down,” said frontman Brandon Flowers.

“It’s great to be back.”

Earlier in the day, the Pyramid Stage briefly turned into Studio 54, with consecutive sets from Bee Gee Barry Gibb and funk band Chic drew one of the biggest crowds of the weekend.

And LA band Haim literally brought the audience at The Other Stage to its knees.

The band, who were debuting songs from their new album, Something To Tell You, encouraged the crowd to dance lower and lower towards the ground until, eventually, they were lying down on the grass.

“All I wanted was a dance party,” bassist Este Haim told the BBC afterwards, “and then Glastonbury danced with me. We tangoed.”

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Sunday also saw sets from Shaggy, Emeli Sande, London Grammar and Biffy Clyro, who threw down the gauntlet to Sheeran with a ferocious volley of rock riffs on the Pyramid Stage.

There is no Glastonbury in 2018, meaning that there are 731 days until Worthy Farm opens its gates again.

The cows will be pleased.

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