Singer-songwriter agrees there is "a shortage of artists to play festivals"
Ed Sheeran says he has “no problem” with comments made by Isle Of Wight organiser John Giddings this week.
Speaking about his concerns over a lack of viable festival headliners, Giddings told the Live UK Summit 2014: “If boring acts like Ed Sheeran are the future then we’re all screwed.”
Yesterday, Sheeran said he doesn’t hold a grudge, but says it “confuses” him considering he was asked to headline the festival next year.
Speaking to Metro at the Q Awards, where he yesterday (October 22) collected the Best Solo Artist award, Sheeran said: “I have no problem with him whatsoever and I hope he doesn’t have a problem with me. I’m not one to hold a grudge – I’ll go and shake his hand and we’ll have a drink.”
Responding to Giddings’ assertion that he is boring – which Giddings later told NME was intended as a “tongue in cheek” comment – Sheeran said: “Everyone’s entitled to an opinion and fair play to him if he thinks that. I wasn’t upset, a lot of people think I’m boring – I think other people are boring. It’s fine and that’s a normal thing to think. I don’t really mind that much but if I’m asked to play something and then he says that, it just kind of confuses me. I mean, there’s never going to be a shortage of festivals for me to play at but there are a shortage of artists to play festivals.”
Isle Of Wight 2014 was headlined by Biffy Clyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kings Of Leon.
Despite his win at the Q Awards, Sheeran yesterday lost to Sam Smith in the Best Song category at the MOBO Awards, which took place at Wembley Arena.