Solo guitar and voice singer-songwriters aren’t generally my cup of tea, but Fiona was excited that Passenger was playing the Ziggo Dome, so I went along with her. Note to self: trust Fiona’s concert recommendations. He put on a great show. The Netherlands was one of the first countries where his breakthrough hit “Let Her Go” went big, and he clearly has a fondness for the country, as well as a huge following here. The Ziggo Dome holds about 17,000 people, and it was close to capacity. He told us that this was his biggest headline show to date, and the crowd lapped it up. (Apparently he’ll be releasing a DVD of the concert at some point, which is cool.)
On his new album, Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea the song “Beautiful Birds” is a duet with Birdy. He playfully teased the audience with the possibility of her joining him in a duet…but she wasn’t on tour with him, and so he did the number himself. Which meant that when he told the story of opening for Ed Sheeran at the Heineken Music Hall in 2012, the audience was primed for him to tease us again. Only this time he actually brought out Ed Sheeran on stage to sing “Heart’s On Fire” together, and the crowd went crazy. Ed Sheeran has been on a break for the last year or so, and this was the first time he had performed since 2015. It was kinda special.
(No chance of catching any decent photos with the iPhone 5 at that distance, though.)
For a much better quality view of the evening, Passenger uploaded video of his encore of “Home” and “Holes”: