Ed Sheeran has had a huge year. He joined the Rolling Stones onstage, partied with Keith Richards, sold out three nights at London's Wembley stadium and, this past weekend, turned up at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, where he duetted with none other than Beyoncé and Coldplay's Chris Martin. We shadowed the 24-year-old British star for the full day, catching both private moments and onstage triumphs.
Ed Sheeran prepares to head into the fray after arriving at the Global Citizen Festival at New York City's Central Park on September 26th, 2015.
Upon arrival, Ed walks directly to his trailer — just outside the festival grounds — to unwind.
Sheeran bypassed a long security line, only to be approached by fans who had been waiting for him on the other side. He graciously stopped to pose for a few photos.
As he left security and started walking the grounds, Sheeran caught a few moments of Coldplay's main-stage set.
After a long backstage walk, Sheeran arrived at the festival's meet-and-greet area and waited for the fans to line up.
A handful of lucky Global Citizen–goers lined up to pose for pictures with Sheeran.
Sheeran was all smiles as he snapped photos with fans.
With guitar in hand, Sheeran went to meet with Beyoncé in her tent — no doubt to prepare for their glorious duet on "Drunk in Love" — his pass sitting on one of her cases.
Many artists passed by Sheeran's trailer to say their hellos. Here he chats with Nigerian MC Ice Prince (Panshak Zamani).
Ed hoists an iPhone to take a selfie with Nigerian musician Cobhams Asuquo and his wife.
Sheeran chats holds court in front of his trailer before it's time to go onstage.
Minutes before he performs for thousands of fans, Sheeran savors a few private moments with friends and family inside his trailer.
Labels mark the crates that hold Sheeran's surprisingly minimal gear.
Fans await Ed's arrival onstage.
Alone onstage as usual, Sheeran performs for the huge Global Citizen crowd.
A crew member at the side of the stage keeps an eye on the set list, assisting Sheeran with guitar tuning.
The crowd went wild when Sheeran brought Coldplay's Chris Martin onstage for a rendition of the Sheeran smash "Thinking Out Loud."
Under a perfect sky, Ed asked the audience to pose with Chris Martin for a special photo op displaying the "o" in the Global Citizen logo. The cameraman at far left joined in.
Sheeran stands at center stage, with his gear off to the side.
Sheeran climbs up on the monitors and gets the crowd riled up.
A sea of fans join hands near the end of Sheeran's performance. Throughout the set, the excitement never dies down.
Sheeran ends his set at dusk, capping a picture-perfect evening in Central Park.
Following Sheeran's set, Global Citizen Festival performers and attendees hang out late into the evening, basking in the day's good vibes.