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No Divide as Ed conquers Leeds crowd.

By RHYS THOMAS @examiner DIVIDE and conquer: Ed Sheeran is on a one man mission to secure his position as the undisputed number one record seller.

Sheeran's Divide tour recently broke the record as both the most attended and highest grossing ever, with the tour recently recording an income of PS607m, a number that will have been extended significantly by his trip to Leeds.

The 'Shape of You' songster has not played in the UK for a year, and in Yorkshire, one of two places alongside Suffolk that he calls home, Sheeran confessed how good it was to be back on home soil.

There is nothing more British than rain in the middle of summer, but the downpours at Roundhay Park were extreme even for this tiny island.

Before every act crew members had to mop water off the stage, and the bowl-like shape of the park meant that a fair few crowd members were falling foul of the mud and hitting the deck.

Luckily, Sheeran was here to make it all worth it.

Scottish star Lewis Capaldi is rising fast, and he provided a surprisingly impressive singing voice and a muchneeded dose of humour to kick things off - including a hilarious moment explaining why children should swear at their parents (you had to be there).

Some may have been surprised at The Darkness' place on the bill, yet the veteran rockers had plenty of energy and had the whole crowd clapping along for their big hit 'I Believe in a Thing Called Love'.

Then, for Sheeran himself. Armed with just a guitar and a loop pedal in front of 80,000 people, intimidating surely? Nah. Starting with 'Castle On The Hill', Sheeran worked through hit after hit in his 105 minute set.

He might not be everyone's cup of tea, yet Sheeran is undoubtedly talented, and he appears to know how to handle a huge crowd all on his own.

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Title Annotation:News; Teasers
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Aug 19, 2019
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