Ed Sheeran Plays Living Room Gig to Raise Awareness for World Refugee Crisis
publish date: 2017-09-21
By almost all accounts, the fans congregated in the living room of a private home in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday (Sept. 20) were there for one reason: To see Ed Sheeran perform in a setting they previously could only dream of. They.€™d won contests. They.€™d kept the location a secret. They.€™d skipped out on work and school.
And although Sheeran didnâ€™t disappoint -- â€śThanks for taking the time off to be hereâ€¦ College is important, but not today,â€ť he jested before launching into an acoustic set just inches from the 75 or so guests -- the chosen few got a lot more than an afternoon with their music idol.
Sheeranâ€™s performance was one-third of a show staged as part of Amnesty International and Sofar Soundsâ€™ global Give A Home campaign to raise awareness for the world's refugee crisis. And the DC gig was one of 300 shows featuring 1,000 artists in 200 cities in 60 countries in 24 hours -- the Sept.Â 20 date selected to mark three months since World Refugee Day and one year since the UN Summit on Refugees, which Amnesty has vocally decried for coming up short on solutions.