By Christy Strawser
ROCHESTER HILLS (987 AMP Radio) Some started lining up at 8 a.m., another group drove more than 300 miles to get there, and by the time the gates opened at Meadowbrook amphitheater at 6 p.m. Thursday, thousands of people were waiting to charge inside and claim their seat.
It was AMP Live 2014.
“What’s my favorite thing about it? Everything is my favorite,” said Joshua Peralta of Detroit. “I just come here because it’s AMP Live.”
On stage were Timeflies, Icona Pop, Austin Mahone, Ed Sheeran, and Little Mix — and they turned it up, treating a sea of metro Detroit fans to a solid four hours of hits. “Detroit, how you doing?” Ed Sheeran asked when he took the stage. The deafening volume of cheers was answer enough.
The crowd sang him off the stage, still echoing his last song as he left.
“Ed Sheeran’s my favorite!” Geraldine Reynolds of Harper Woods said.
Sheeran was a crowd favorite for many, who felt luck he stopped in before kicking off a whirlwind New York weekend, including a concert on Ellis Island. How was he? “He’s perfect, the ginger Jesus,” said Hannah, who traveled from Marine City with friends Calista and Grace to catch him on stage.
Austin Mahone followed Sheeran’s mellow set, and added his own burst of energy. In constant motion, with dancers backing him up on stage, Mahone had the crowd dancing, screaming and throwing their arms in the air. They sang along when he broke into “What would I do without your smart mouth, drawing me in and you kicking me out ...”
And then there was, of course, the Selfie Song – Detroit edition, courtesy of AMP staffers Julia and Leah, who had the crowd shrieking.
It brought down the house. Time for a selfie.
Little Mix closed the night down. “I love ‘Move!'” said Zulaikhan, who came to the show with friend Hannah Rennard.
And fans could only wonder — What will happen next year?