Ed Sheeran has been forced to take to Twitter to respond to critics of his headlining Glastonbury set after he was accused of playing backing tracks instead of fully live.

The chart-topper closed the festival on Sunday night with a performance which was met with polarised opinions. Many hailed it a success, however there were a few naysayers in the midst too.

One of the chief criticisms was his use of a loop station on stage. Commentators were confused when they heard either guitar tracks being played when the singer-songwriter didn’t appear to be playing anything, or heard several guitar tracks being played all at once. This led to assumptions that he wasn't playing live.

Sheeran had a bit of an exasperated tone as he tweeted: "Never thought I'd have to explain it, but everything I do in my live show is live, it's a loop station, not a backing track. Please google x"

However, the hitmaker quickly took to Twitter again with a more cheerful message, saying it was a "great night" with a "great atmosphere", adding "love you all".

Sheeran also posted the photo on Instagram that he snapped on stage during his final moments at the gig.

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During his closing Glastonbury set, Twitter was inundated with accusations that Sheeran wasn't playing live.

Other people were quick to defend the Castle on the Hill singer, saying it was a skilled use of a loop station that allowed him to play, record and playback guitar tracks in real time, allowing him to create several layers for each song he was performing.