We’re used to hearing of stars making outlandish demands of their hosts, whether it’s champagne on ice or having the air-con at just the right temperature.
But it seems that our favourite down-to-earth star, Ed Sheeran is more modest with his backstage requests.
Despite being a multimillionaire with a string of hits and sold-out tours under his belt Ed Sheeran only requests two items: cans of soft drinks and some manuka honey.
Manuka honey is produced almost exclusively in New Zealand, so this is yet another sign of the love he has for our country!
Here are some of the weirdest and most fascinating riders:
Nicki Minaj has some pretty simple requests: Spicy fried chicken wings, two space heaters, candles that smell like baked goods, three different flavours of chewing gum and a cheese platter.
The Smoking Gun nabbed a copy of Kanye West’s rider, and the man is serious about skincare: He requests two tubes of Carmex lip balm, one bar of L’Occitane soap, a bottle of Neutrogena dandruff shampoo, Neutrogena face scrub and Nivea Intensive Moisturising Lotion.
Mariah Carey’s riders request Cristal and bendy straws, as well as two air purifiers, an assistant to dispose of her gum, another assistant to help her on staircases and couches in dark colours with “no busy patterns.” Carey also requests her room be at about 23 degrees, and filled with two dozen white roses and vanilla aromatherapy candles.
If InTouch is to be believed, Madonna requests a 200-person entourage that includes personal chefs, yoga instructors, 30 bodyguards and an on-site dry cleaner for her costumes, as well as vegan food (even though Madge isn’t vegan), 20 international phone lines and lilies and light pink or white roses cut to precisely 6 inches.
Jay-Z requests that his transportation to and from venues be a black Maybach. He also requires two bottles of $300 champagne and two $200 bottles of 2004 Sassicaia wine.
Adele could demand the world if she wanted to, but instead she asks for Marlboro Lights, candy bars, European lager beer and sandwiches without tomatoes. Additionally, the songstress requires that anyone receiving free tickets to her shows donate a minimum of $20 to Sands, a UK-based charity – and there are no exceptions to that rule.
Coldplay doesn’t have any crazy requests, but they do ask for postcards to send home to their kids from each city.
Britney Spears used to be keen on comfort foods like fried chicken, Cheetos and Red Bull, but then she went on a health kick over the years and now bans junk food from her dressing room. One request that remains the same? A framed photo of Princess Diana.
Beyonce requests a dressing room that’s the size of those normally used for an entire sports team, as well as heavily seasoned baked chicken.
Rihanna must have the munchies on tour: Her requests include Oreos, gummies lollies, Babybel cheese and Red Bull. She also requests non-leather couches big enough for her to stretch out on, as well as animal print pillows with no sequins and freshly cleaned carpeting so she can walk around barefoot.
Katy Perry has a 45-page rider that requests two cream-coloured egg chairs, one with a co-ordinating ottoman, as well as a refrigerator with a glass door, ornate French lamps and someone to wash and cut her fruit and vegetables … and no-one on staff is allowed to speak to her.
Eminem is a laid-back guy these days, which may explain why he requested a full koi pond recently.
For a brief cameo in a charity video, Jennifer Lopez requested white flowers (preferably roses or lilies), white chaise lounges, white chair covers, white candles, white drapes, white sheets and Cuban food.
Justin Bieber requests only simple items: herbal teas to keep his pipes in order, as well as Ritz Bits (both peanut butter and cheese), Swedish fish and assorted sizes of plain white T-shirts and low-rise socks. Oh, and also that no-one speak to him directly.
Lady Gaga’s rider is weird because, well, it’s Lady Gaga: In addition to a glam rock theme for her dressing room, Mother Monster requests all lavender bath products (both in scent and colour), as well as a mannequin with pink pubic hair.
Source: ZM Online