'It's a loop station. Please google' - Ed Sheeran hits back after accusations of not performing live at Glastonbury
Ed Sheeran has been forced to defend his headline performance at Glastonbury last night after he was wrongly accused of playing along to backing tracks.
Thousands of people watched Sheeran, both live and at home on television, perform a 15-song set including hits such as ‘Castle On The Hill, ‘Thinking Out Loud’ and ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’.
However, some viewers were confused to hear either guitar tracks being played when the singer-songwriter didn’t appear to be playing anything, or hear several guitar tracks being played all at once.
This led to some Twitter users accusing him of either not performing live or using backing tracks.
Come on Ed Sheeran, where is the live band? Backing tracks! # live music!— Carol Johns_TC (@cajjio) June 25, 2017
Did Ed Sheeran really "play" Glastonbury last night? Sure he sang (pretty well) over a backing tape but did he "play" anything? Guitar? No.— Phil Stephenson (@Philstips) June 26, 2017
Ed Sheeran...just one man and his guitar on the glastonbury stage (and pre-prepared backing tracks so not strictly a live performance)— Simon Stanley (@sistan77) June 25, 2017
Others were quick to point out that the ‘Castle on the Hill’ singer was in fact playing live, and what they were hearing was the skilled use of a loop station.
A loop station allows a solo performer to play, record and playback guitar tracks in real time through the use of various pedals.
This assists Sheeran in creating several layers for each track, allowing him to play them live as part of a one-man show.
As seen during his Glastonbury set, it also allows him to create percussion effects and multiple vocal harmonies all by himself in a live setting.
Sheeran was forced to take to Twitter to explain, insisting that he was indeed performing live.
Never thought I'd have to explain it, but everything I do in my live show is live, it's a loop station, not a backing track. Please google x— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) June 26, 2017
“Never thought I'd have to explain it, but everything I do in my live show is live, it's a loop station, not a backing track. Please google x,” his tweet read.
Hundreds of Sheeran’s fans were quick to defend him, and to praise him for a performance that received a mixed critical reaction.
If people understood a loop pedal Ed Sheeran would get more credit, everything you hear is done on that stage live— GTHEB (@BruceRioch4) June 25, 2017
I can't believe that there are still people in the world who think Ed Sheeran uses a backing track.— Sami 🎭 (@LANYDreamer) June 25, 2017
EVERYTHING IS LIVE. EVERY SOUND IS HIM.