Excellence Awards 2015
Ed Sheeran 2014 World Tour

Ed Sheeran 2014 World Tour

Ed Sheeran single-handedly captivated 10,000-plus crowds on his 2014 world tour.

With a Meyer Sound LEO™ and LYON™ linear sound reinforcement system supporting just his vocal, acoustic guitar, and loop pedal, singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran single-handedly captivated 10,000-plus crowds on his 2014 world tour. Among the many concert reviewers impressed by how well Sheeran’s one-man show translated in a large arena, Katie Atkinson of Billboard writes: “He had the crowd wrapped around his finger, and the booming sound to pack an arena with just an acoustic guitar and his voice.”

Chris Marsh, Sheeran’s production manager and FOH engineer, says: “I’ve had a chance to hear Ed’s music on a lot of different systems, for various festivals, one-off shows, and opening for acts like Taylor Swift. But whenever I came across LEO—and more recently, LYON—I’ve noticed a marked difference in sound quality, and hence a marked difference in my enjoyment of mixing the show. When using them together, the transitions between the two loudspeakers are virtually seamless, whether moving across to the side hangs or up underneath the down fills.”

Although configurations varied slightly with venues, the large arena system comprised main front hangs of 12 LEO-M over four LYON linear line array loudspeakers each, with 14 additional LYON loudspeakers in each of the twin side hangs. Completing the system were 18 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements for low end and eight M’elodie® line array loudspeakers for front fill. A Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with one Galileo Callisto 616 AES and four Galileo Callisto 616 array processors provided system drive and alignment.

Onstage foldback was supplied by four MJF-212A stage monitors and dual side-fill stacks, each with two 700-HP subwoofers and one JM-1P arrayable loudspeaker. The system was supplied by Wiltshire, England-based Major Tom Limited, and systems tech for the tour was Tristan Nelson-Hauer.

“The 1100-LFC is an astonishingly fast-moving device,” says Marsh. “The impact it transmits when Ed slaps his guitar—his interpretation of the kick drum—is far better than I’ve heard from any other sub. The others are just too slow to keep up.”

Major Tom’s decision to invest in LYON was made by principal Lars Brogaard, an early LEO adopter. “The LYON-W has the wide dispersion I wanted for down-fill, and with the longer-throwing LYON-M, they complement the LEO very, very well,” he says.

Feeding the LEO system on the tour is a DiGiCo SD7 mixing console augmented by Avalon VT-737SP channel strips and Bricasti digital reverbs. Sheeran’s vocal mic is a Sennheiser 2000 Series wireless with a custom MD 9235 capsule.

Equipment List:

  • 24 Meyer Sound LEO-M
  • 36 Meyer Sound LYON
  • 8 Meyer Sound M'elodie
  • 18 Meyer Sound 1100-LFC
  • ​4 Meyer Sound 700-HP
  • 4 Meyer Sound MJF-210
  • 2 Meyer Sound JM-1P
  • 4 Meyer Sound Galileo Callisto 616
  • 1 Meyer Sound Galileo Callisto 616 AES
  • 1 DiGiCo SD7 digital console
  • Sennheiser 2000 Series wireless microphone
  • Sennheiser MD 9235 capsule
  • 1 grandMA2 console
  • 1 grandMA2 Lite console
  • 36 Clay Paky B-Eye K20s
  • 36 Clay Paky Sharpys
  • 16 Martin MAC Viper AirFX
  • 4 Vari*Lite VL3000 Spots
  • 1 Robert Juliat Lancelot (4000 HTI) followspot
  • 2 MDG The One hazers


  • Production Manager/FOH Engineer: Chris Marsh
  • Tour Manager: Mark Friend
  • Stage Manager: Matthew Caley
  • Systems Tech: Trista Nelson-Hauer
  • Lighting Director: Paul Smith
  • Production Designer: Mark Cunniffe​
  • Video Co: Colonel Tom Touring
  • Video Directors: Lindsey Haney, Phil Mead
  • Demolition Software Designer: Matt Swoboda
  • Rigger: Omar Franchi
  • Trucking: KB Events
  • P.A. Supplier: Major Tom Limited

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