Thursday 27 July 2017

Edmania as fans camp out for tickets to Sheeran's Irish gigs

Catherine Douglas and Lauren Leahy queueing for tickets at St Stephen’s Green yesterday. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Catherine Douglas and Lauren Leahy queueing for tickets at St Stephen’s Green yesterday. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Sorcha O'Connor

Armed with sleeping bags and warm blankets, Ed Sheeran fans queued outside St Stephen's Green shopping centre last night for concert tickets.

Tickets for the show are scheduled to go on sale this morning for his string of Irish gigs next May.

The dates are expected to sell out in record time and hardcore fans known as 'Sheerios' didn't want to be disappointed.

Some were queueing from as early as 8.10am yesterday.

First in line were Finglas sisters Catherine (16) and Rebecca Douglas (17), with their best friend Lauren Leahy (17), from Hollystown, who planned on camping out overnight to get their hands on the coveted tickets.

The girls weren't put off by the prospect of the long, cold wait ahead, and said they couldn't wait to see their favourite star live in concert.

"We've got blankets, food, everything with us for the wait," Catherine said.

The girls had brought a speaker with them to sing along to their favourite Sheeran tunes as they waited.

Other towns also experienced earl-bird ticket buyers, including Naas and Tralee.

Galwegians too took to the streets to secure tickets to see their hero live in Salthill's Pearse Stadium.

The amount of tickets one person can buy will be "strictly limited to four per person" according to Ticketmaster.

When attending the gigs next year, the person who bought the tickets will have to show ID confirming they are the person who bought the tickets.

This is part of anti-touting regulations, with fans needing to provide ID.

Irish Independent

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