The ‘Lego House’ star also brought rappers Devlin and Sway on stage during the finale of his headline set.
Ed Sheeran made a triumphant return to the iTunes Festival 2012 in London last night (2nd September) and was joined by a host of special guests during his performance.
Taking to the stage dressed in a Fender black t-shirt with his new tattoo sleeve on show, he opened his set with a lengthened version of ‘Give Me Love’ before welcoming the audience to the show.
“This is another one to tick off the list,” he confessed admitting how thrilled he was to headline the Roundhouse venue for the first time.
After a performance of ‘Drunk’ and ‘Homeless’ he also revealed that it was great to be back at the festival having performed as a support act for Bruno Mars in 2011.
“Last time I started the set and broke two strings, so hopefully it goes better tonight,” he said as he tuned his guitar for the next track.
He combined Lil Kim’s ‘Lighter’s Up’ with his hit ‘Grade 8’ and also gave an outing to a well received cover of Nina Simone’s ‘Be My Husband’ during a performance which showed off his qualities as a showman as well as a musician.
The BRIT Award winning star was chatty throughout and constantly had the crowd sharing vocal duties as his “orchestra” for the night.
Earlier this year, it was reported by some tabloids that Ed had entered rehab after cutting his North American support slots with Snow Patrol short.
He made reference to this during the night explaining that he was performing for his godparents’ wedding as he introduced a tender version of ‘Kiss Me’ – which he wrote especially for them and the occasion.
Ed had earlier promised special guest performances on the night and did not disappoint as he brought on Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody to perform the band’s single ‘Chasing Cars’.
Before the performances, the ‘Lego House’ singer called it “one of the top 20 songs ever written”.
The artists embraced at the end of the rendition and the final song of the night came in the form of the fast-paced ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’.
After several verses of the track he called for good friend and rapper Devlin to join him, with the artist obliging as he performed his own take on the track.
This then gave way to a host of stars such as Sway, Chipmunk and Wretch 32 coming on stage to rap over the song.
Ed thanked his guests and the exuberant crowd before exiting the stage, bringing the second night of the iTunes Festival 2012 to a close.
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