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Ed Sheeran: The next thing is to beat Robbie Williams’ record

Published 03/08/2015 | 10:39

Ed Sheeran concert at Croke Park
Ed Sheeran concert at Croke Park
24/7/15 Ed Sheeran in concert at Croke Park, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron
Ed Sheeran concert at Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland - 24.07.15. Pictures: G. McDonnell / VIPIRELAND.COM *** Local Caption *** Ed Sheeran Crowd

Ed Sheeran may have just wowed at two sell out shows in Croke Park, but the Thinking Out Loud singer has his eyes on Robbie Williams.

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Ed, whose Irish shows were met with huge enthusiasm from fans, now wants to beat Robbie’s record by selling out three consecutive shows in Knebworth, UK which can hold up to 125,000 people.

"Knebworth is 125,000 [people] and Robbie has the record for doing three. So that’s the next thing," he explained to The Sun.

The singer’s career has soared following the release of his second album X in 2014 and he has just wrapped up his phenomenal world tour.

However, the singer, whose grandparents are from Ireland revealed he feels a pressure to continue to excite people with his music.

 “I thought + was my big album and I’d plateau from there. Now that this one has exceeded everyone’s expectations, the pressure is on," he admitted.

Last week, Ed thrilled 160,000 Irish fans in two sell out Croke Park gigs, where he was joined by Kodaline.

Although the singer hosted thousands of fans in the capital’s biggest venue throughout the weekend, Ed admitted that his holiday in Ireland wasn’t all so rock and roll.

“I want to catch up with my gran and make cups of tea, not go out and have 15 jager bombs, but that’s not to say that won’t happen either.

“I can’t handle more than one Guinness anymore,” he added. “Anything more than one feels like a meal.”

The Yorkshire native revealed that Dublin is his favourite location in the world to play gigs, no matter if it’s to a packed stadium of fans at Croke Park or to an intimate audience at Whelans or Doyles.

“I’m upset we can only do two Irish gigs. I want to spend a whole week playing here. The Irish fans are just mental and up for anything, you don’t even need to get them warmed up. All my best concerts were in Dublin.”

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