Ed Sheeran's opening night garners mixed response

Opening with one of his numerous hits, 'Castle On A Hill', Ed Sheeran spent Saturday night playing through his extensive catalogue to Mt Smart Stadium's sold-out crowd.

The multi-Grammy Award-winning musician had New Zealand's highest-selling album with Divide in 2017.

Saturday's Auckland concert was the first of his six stadium shows across the country.

"Ed Sheeran was unbelieveable! So worth standing out in the rain in $2 shop rain ponchos," one fan wrote on Twitter.

"Amazing concert tonight Ed Sheeran you rocked it!" shared another. 

While most of the punters who went along seemed to enjoyed the concert despite the downpour, Sheeran did have his detractors.

The Phoenix Foundation's Sam Scott told Radio New Zealand he thought the show was fairly mediocre.

"It's fun, it's all really fun and nice and pitch-perfect stadium glory. And completely boring," he wrote.

"I can honestly say I went in to this show thinking I might be wowed, but I wasn't. Nothing was worth a wow. It was all just utterly, horribly fine."

With all three Auckland nights sold out, there are just a few tickets left for each of Sheeran's three shows in Dunedin.

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