i've mentioned before that i HEART ed sheeran. myself, netter and our buddy cara got tickets to attend his show at terminal 5 which occured last friday night. i was so ready to rock out to his voice, guitar strums and loop harmonies after a long week. we arranged to meet at 7pm when doors would open for the 7:30pm show. when we arrived to get access to the venue we noticed not just a huge long line that wrapped the block but also the demographic that was standing around waiting. they were teenage girls. lots and lots of teenage girls.
let me back up - i've now seen ed perform a total of four times in about five months. the first three shows had a crowd comprised of people like me - professional, late 20s/early 30s somethings or ex-patriots of the UK. we, as a concert going demographic, tend not to have a high pitched scream when we're excited or happy about a performance. nor do we yell at every possible opportunity 'i love you ed!' we are courteous and keep our mouths shut when the artist asks us to shush so he can sing a sappy song. in effect, we are great group to spend hours listening to music together. the teenage girls have yet to learn proper etiquette at ed's shows. kinda worried they won't learn in the near future either.
for a very specific reason that netter educted me about, the young teenage girls found the magic of ed and convinced their parents to shell out $30 so they could go to his concert on a friday night in september. apparently my buddy ed wrote a song for a little boy band called one direction. since one direction is the boy band du jour, their fanbase will ravenously grasp anything or anyone that is in association with this precious british quartet. hence, they found ed because he wrote songs for them and is there "mate". which resulted in me spending my friday evening with a bunch of kids who made me feel deaf by their screams rather than the rocking goodness coming from huge speakers suspended from the sky.
one positive is the girls were all short so i had a relatively clear view of the stage. bonus.