According to The Seattle Times, Ed Sheeran has surpassed Taylor Swift’s attendance record for a concert at Seattle’s Lumen Field. Lumen Field disclosed that the official attendance for Sheeran’s latest show was 77,286, but Sheeran’s management had announced that 81,000 people attended. Before performing “The A Team,” Sheeran informed his audience of the historic news. “There’s never been more people here,” Sheeran said to the crowd. “The reason I’m saying this to you is because I can still close my eyes and remember no one caring about this song, and now 81,000 people are going to sing along.” Taylor Swift previously held the Lumen Field attendance record with 72,171 attendees at her Eras Tour event. Prior to Swift, U2 held the record with slightly more than 70,000 people. Sheeran sang some of his oldies at the Lumen Field event on August 26, including “The A Team” and “Castle on the Hill.” Sheeran also performed “Overpass Graffiti,” a song from his most recent album, Subtract. Prior to performing “Thinking Out Loud,” Sheeran made a joke about his audience singing along to one of his most popular songs. “If you don’t know the lyrics to this next song, you’re at the wrong concert,” Sheeran explained.
“These are the songs your grandma knows.” Sheeran also brought out Macklemore near the end of the night for renditions of “Can’t Hold Us” and “Thrift Shop.” Sheeran has issued a statement announcing the release of his seventh studio album, Autumn, on September 29. “Last autumn, I found that my friends and I were going through so many life changes,” Sheeran said in a statement. “After the summer’s heat, everything either calmed down, settled, fell apart, came to a head, or imploded.” “When I was going through a difficult time at the beginning of last year, writing songs helped me understand my feelings and come to terms with what was going on,” Sheeran explained. “When I learned about my friends’ different situations, I wrote songs, some from their perspectives, some from mine, to capture how they and I viewed the world at the time.” “There were highs like falling in love and making new friends, but there were also lows like heartbreak, depression, loneliness, and confusion.”