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What It's Like To Go To An Ed Sheeran Gig With Someone Who Hates Him

Spoiler: It involves beer.

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My boyfriend and I live together, we share almost the same tastes in movies, books, and music, but there's one artist we can't seem to agree on:

While I LOOOOOVE Ed Sheeran, my boyfriend "doesn't get it".

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In fact, I'm banned from talking about Sheeran in our flat because, apparently, I say his name too much.

It was about time I did something about this.

If we want to live happily ever after, he needs to get on my Ed Sheeran level. Using a simple 12-step guide, I decided to take him along to Sheeran's gig in Wembley that kicked off his new tour. Here's how it went down.
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If we want to live happily ever after, he needs to get on my Ed Sheeran level.

Using a simple 12-step guide, I decided to take him along to Sheeran's gig in Wembley that kicked off his new tour. Here's how it went down.

Step one: Break the news.

His reply was pretty confusing, and it was only when I saw him in person that he realised he was actually going to an Ed Sheeran gig.
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His reply was pretty confusing, and it was only when I saw him in person that he realised he was actually going to an Ed Sheeran gig.

Step two: Present the ticket.

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For comparison I've included the faces most people pull when holding up the ticket.

Step three: Hope your own excitement rubs off on him.

Here were our expressions as we got ready to enter the stadium. My fangirling wasn't exactly contagious – in fact, it was suggested I calm down.

Step four: Promise to buy all the drinks.

At this point things started to look up.
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At this point things started to look up.

Step five: Enter the stadium.

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The first thing he said when we got to our seats was: "Holy shit, that's a lot of people."

Followed by: "Are they all here to see this one guy?"

Step six: Befriend other fangirls.

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We soon got chatting to fellow fangirls in our section who'd come all the way from Canada, the Netherlands, and Australia. They were lovely and proved Sheeran's fans are the best.

Step seven: Get ready for the countdown.

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Ed's set kicked off with a countdown showing a sped-up version of his rise to fame, with lots of footage of young Ed. You'd have to have a heart of stone to not find this adorable.

At this point my boyfriend said: "OK, that's pretty cool."

Step eight: More beer.

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A few songs in, Ed covered "Superstition" and "Ain't No Sunshine", and I detected a tap and even a pretty enthusiastic clap next to me.

It may have had something to do with the beer.

Step nine: Encourage dancing.

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Things got pretty groovy when Ed started to play "Bloodstream".

Step ten: Hope a music legend comes onstage.

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And as if by magic, Elton John came on and sang some CLASSICS, which went down very well.

Lots of people agreed:

CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE FACT THAT SIR ELTON JOHN IS ON STAGE WITH ED AT WEMBLEY

Ed Sheeran bringing out Sir Elton John was unreal!

Step eleven: Get up and sing.

Ed belted out "Thinking Out Loud" and we stood up and sang along. Well, I sang at least.

Note the girl in the back looking a little terrified.

Things were going so well at this point, I asked him if we could get matching Ed Sheeran tattoos like these...

But he said no. :(

Step twelve: More beers for the encore.

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When the gig came to an end I was pretty pleased with myself. I'd say the whole thing was quite a success.

His final words were: "I respect the guy", which may seem a little underwhelming, BUT I definitely caught him singing "Thinking Out Loud" on the tube home.

Mission accomplished: