The Jakarta Post
Asia tour: British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran poses on the red carpet in Berlin. Sheeran is scheduled to perform in Jakarta on Friday. (Agence Framce-Presse/Stefanie Loos)
The Jakarta stopover in British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran’s Divide W Tour brings with it some special treats for the fans and the singer himself.
Friday’s concert, which will mark the end of the tour’s Asia leg, will be held at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Central Jakarta.
The concert’s 407-square-meter stage will be outfitted with 230,000-watt lighting and a sound system that took 10 days to set up.
With more than 50,000 expected to attend, the concert will open with Japanese band One Ok Rock, comprising Taka, Toru, Ryota and Tomoya. The band has opened for Sheeran throughout the Asia tour.
Along with the opening act, Sheeran will also be joined by his wife Cherry Seaborn, his childhood friend and former high school classmate whom he married in 2018.
The promoters will also make concessions for Sheeran’s strict diet. A pescetarian, Sheeran eats mainly seafood, which will be followed by a full Indonesian ice dessert menu, ranging from es campur (fruit served with shaved ice and syrup) to es sirsak (soursop ice drink).
Sheeran’s Jakarta concert will be a long time coming for fans, as his previously scheduled Jakarta concert in November 2017 was cancelled as a result of injuries the singer sustained in a bike accident.
Sheeran made the headlines recently in Indonesia when one of his songs, “Shape of You”, was subject to limited airtime by West Java television and radio networks following a ruling by the West Java branch of the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPID), citing morality concerns. The ruling also applied to 16 other songs by Western artists, including Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars and Rita Ora. (ste)
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