Before Ed Sheeran had even strummed a note on his guitar the roof of the Metro Radio Arena had already been raised.
Deafening screams could be heard from the audience, mainly teenage girls, as the former busker strolled on stage right on cue at 8.30pm.
With no big entrance, wearing just a red wool jumper and carrying his acoustic guitar, he launched into I’m A Mess, from his second album.
As he belted out his first few notes it was clear Sheeran had come along way since his 2011 performance at Northumbria University.
In 2014 he packs out the Arena, and by the end of the aforementioned first song he had the audience in the palm of his hand.
Next up was one of his biggest hits Lego House, and it was flawless.
He managed to get the crowd to sing along with him - “even if you don’t know the words, just make it up. It will be fun,” he said.
Each song was accompanied by a tailored illustration or video projected onto multiple screens at the back of the stage, which despite skirting around the cheesy end of the spectrum sometimes, doubtless added to the atmosphere.
A personal highlight for me was when he sang Thinking Out Loud and we all sang it back to him.
As well as lapping up other ballards like Tenerife Sea, the crowd also adopted his R&B and hip-hop influenced songs, as he sang Don’t and then freestyled flawlessly into No Diggity.
He rounded things off with a rousing two-song encore of You Need Me, I Don’t Need You, complete with beat-boxing and rapping, before closing with Sing.
At the beginning of the show Sheeran said: “hopefully by the end of the night you all will have lost your voices, that’s the goal.”
And as he left the stage just before 10.30pm, he’d cracked it.