One Friday after work in October, I saw I had received a message out of the blue from Atlantic Records informing me I had won tickets to the premiere of Ed Sheeran’s film “Jumpers for Goalposts” and I was so surprised, but got to work on making the arrangements to go.
We arrived in Leicester Square around 11.30am and were lucky enough to pick up some wristbands for access to the Red (or Green ‘Ed’) Carpet, so once we had secured those we decided to go pick up our tickets and grab some food.
Then shortly after 1pm, the madness of the waiting for the carpet began. We got ourselves in a prime position opposite the entrance of the cinema. The time went relatively quickly compared to some other events i’ve attended; as we killed time by grabbing more food, talking to people around us and watching the event slowly set-up.
By 5pm, host of the event, Reggie Yates began filming along with other press.
Shortly after at about 5.15pm, the star himself Ed Sheeran arrived. He got straight to work, meeting fans by taking that sought-after selfie and signing as many autographs as he could on a variety of merchandise and notepads. After completing a large portion of the barrier, he moved onto the press section to do interviews. Once he had spoken to all of them, he went back to the section he missed out to make sure he could meet more, and continued along the barrier.
He finally reached where me and my friend were and we both managed to nab our selfies, though he was rushing along due to time constraints. However, I think it was amazing how much effort he put into it, as there wasn’t a barrier section he didn’t walk past/stop at. Although it was only about a second or two person, you can’t fault his efforts.
In the time between when Ed arrived and before he reached us, we saw a few other guests arrived. And once Ed had reached almost all of the crowd, we were pulled out of the barriers so we could go inside the cinema.
We were slightly relived to be in the warm, took our second-row seats and watched the rest of the ‘Ed Carpet’ action on the big-screen along with other highlights from earlier on (and to our embarrassment/amusement, our faces were beamed on the big screen!).
Then finally it hit 7pm, all the other guests were in (I spotted Olly Murs, Example & Rizzle Kicks) and the real reason we were all there was about to kick off. Ed carried out a short performance of three songs which was broken up by questions from fans/a short interview that Reggie Yates hosted again.
Then the film had begun, and honestly I didn’t know what to expect. My knowledge was limited because as much as I like Ed, I’m not a fully-fledged fan. However, I was completely gripped from the start.
As simply a lover of music, performance, film and media; this was a brilliant film to watch. It started with a montage of footage from his childhood, right up until the Wembley stadium gig which immersed you straight into the whirlwind of his success.
There was something so captivating about watching a guy that seems no different from you and I, but having that huge level of success. His ability to stay so calm and level-headed was incredible to watch. When you hear the stories he has to share and the experiences he’s had, it almost blows your mind. As someone from the same area of the UK as myself, to have played for years in a pub that me and my family have worked at, to then go to travel almost all corners of the world and play a crowd of 80,000 people, in only a period of about 5 years is insane. It’s just one man, a guitar and a loop pedal.
As well as that, when watching the crowd at his sold-out Wembley shows, the audience reactions that were shown were brilliant. Every emotion was captured: sadness, happiness, love, freedom, fun, high-energy and laughter. That’s everything you want in a concert. The audience just seemed to be completely in the palm of his hands and loving every-minute. The way some of it was shown was funny too, not in a “lets laugh at how silly these people look” way, but more in a sweet “look at how free/expressive the music has allowed them to be”. As a fan of many artists, and a lover of live music, I completely understood the rush of those feelings and emotions and it was very powerful to see on-screen.
Also, I have to say, as someone who has practised at filming live-concert footage, the way it was filmed and edited was class. I know it’s not easy to film singers/bands or portray it, because there’s so much movement but limits on what to show, but I felt it was pieced together in an exciting, creative and artistic way that didn’t allow viewers to feel bored easily.
It seems like no-one could speak a bad word about him; from colleagues, friends, family, fans and beyond. He is probably the most genuine male (if not person) in this industry right now.
And even if you’re only the slightest bit interested in Ed Sheeran or this film, go and see it, because it is a wonderful concert-documentary that I honestly find hard to fault.