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Go Behind the Scenes With Ed Sheeran at Global Citizen Fest

Singer-songwriter caps magical year with headlining appearance at 2015 Global Citizen Festival

Ed Sheeran

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Ed Sheeran has had a huge year. He joined the Rolling Stones onstagepartied 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

Ed Sheeran waits a moment in his car after arriving at Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, New York City on September 26th, 2015.

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Ed Arrives

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.

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran stands in front of his trailer just outside Global Citizen Festival grounds.

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Heading to the Trailer

Upon arrival, Ed walks directly to his trailer — just outside the festival grounds — to unwind.

Ed Sheeran

After arriving at the VIP entrance at the rear of the mainstage, Ed Sheeran had bypassed a long and crowded security line and quickly passed through only to be approached by fans who had been waiting for him on the other side who he graciously stopped for.

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Quick Photo Op

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.

Ed Sheeran

As Ed was walking towards the meet and greet, the mainstage was to his right, he heard Coldplay performing and listened for a few moments.

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Tuning in to Coldplay

As he left security and started walking the grounds, Sheeran caught a few moments of Coldplay's main-stage set.

Ed Sheeran

Ed waiting for fans at the meet and greet.

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Waiting for the Fans

After a long backstage walk, Sheeran arrived at the festival's meet-and-greet area and waited for the fans to line up. 

Ed Sheeran

Ed had met and posed with a handful of fans at the meet and greet backstage.

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Meeting, Greeting

A handful of lucky Global Citizen–goers lined up to pose for pictures with Sheeran.

Ed Sheeran

With guitar in hand, Ed goest to meet with Beyonce in her tent, his pass sits on one of her cases.

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VIP, Y’all

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.

Ed Sheeran

Outside his trailer, many artists passed by to say their hellos. Here he chats with Ice Prince (Panshak Zamani).

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Meeting With Royalty

Many artists passed by Sheeran's trailer to say their hellos. Here he chats with Nigerian MC Ice Prince (Panshak Zamani).

Ed Sheeran

Ed stands in front of his trailer with a few guests

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Hanging Out, Catching Up

Sheeran chats holds court in front of his trailer before it's time to go onstage.

Ed Sheeran

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Deep Breath

Minutes before he performs for thousands of fans, Sheeran savors a few private moments with friends and family inside his trailer.

Ed Sheeran

Labels mark his very minimal gear for his performance.

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Ed’s Gear

Labels mark the crates that hold Sheeran's surprisingly minimal gear.

Ed Sheeran

As a crew member is ready sidestage with a copy of the set list, Ed passes his guitars to him for tuning after he plays with them.

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Set List

A crew member at the side of the stage keeps an eye on the set list, assisting Sheeran with guitar tuning.

Ed Sheeran

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A Special Guest

The crowd went wild when Sheeran brought Coldplay's Chris Martin onstage for a rendition of the Sheeran smash "Thinking Out Loud."

Ed Sheeran

Under a perfect sky, Ed asked the audience to pose with Chris Martin for a special photo opt displaying the heart symbol with their hands. The cameraman at far left joined in.

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Show Us Your Hands

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.

Ed Sheeran

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For the Love of Ed

A sea of fans join hands near the end of Sheeran's performance. Throughout the set, the excitement never dies down.

Ed Sheeran

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Thank You — Goodnight!

Following Sheeran's set, Global Citizen Festival performers and attendees hang out late into the evening, basking in the day's good vibes.

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