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Friday 22 September 2017

Ed Sheeran will play seven stadium gigs in Ireland in 2018

But not Croke Park or the 3Arena

Ed Sheeran on stage at Croke Park in 2015. Photo: Arthur Carron
Ed Sheeran on stage at Croke Park in 2015. Photo: Arthur Carron
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Ed Sheeran has announced dates for a stadium tour for next year, including seven Irish dates across the country.

Ed will play Dublin, Cork, Galway, and Belfast, kicking off at Pairc Ui Caoimh in Cork on May 4 2018, with a second date at the venue on May 5.

He will then play Boucher Road Playing Fields, in Belfast on May 9 before Galway's Pearse Stadium on Saturday May 12 and Sunday May 13.

His Dublin dates will see him play the Phoenix Park on Wednesday May 16 and Friday May 18.

Tickets on sale Saturday July 8 at 9am.

Ed will kick off his European tour with his Irish dates and will then hit the UK with dates at Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, London, and Cardiff before hitting Europe, starting with Amsterdam on June 28 and finishing up in Warsaw on August 11.

Ed makes the announcement just days after his rousing Glastonbury headliner on Sunday night.

His third album ÷ , released in March, is the biggest selling album of the year so far, having sold over 8 million copies globally in three months.  It's seven times platinum in Ireland and his single 'Shape of You' is surpassed 1.5 billion streams.

Ed and his team are also working against anyone using secondary ticketing websites for profit.

Any tickets that are resold will not be valid.  On the stadium dates you will be required to bring your tickets, booking confirmation, and credit card, plus a valid form of ID or you will not be granted entry to the show.

The 26 year old singer played two nights at the 3 Arena in April and last year he played two sold out gigs at Croke Park, having also played one night at the Dublin venue the previous year.

The news comes as Sheeran also revealed that he has been working on his fourth album for six years, after he started to create it at same time as his debut record.

He released Plus in 2011, Multiply in 2014 and Divide in 2017, but said he has spent the entire time gradually adding to his next release.

He told The Sun: “I’ve been working on this one since the same time as Plus.

“Every year I write a song that will go on it. So I have about six, seven at the moment.”

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