Thursday 21 September 2017

Jamie Lawson announced to open for One Direction on UK and Ireland tour

Ed Sheeran with support act Jamie Lawson at Croke Park
Ed Sheeran with support act Jamie Lawson at Croke Park
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Jamie Lawson has just been announced as the opening act on One Direction's upcoming UK and Ireland tour.

This includes three nights at Dublin's 3Arena on Friday 16, Saturday 17, and Sunday 18 October and three dates at Belfast's SSE Arena on Tuesday 20 October, Wednesday 21, and Thursday 22.

Lawson is the first artist to sign to Ed Sheeran's label Gingerbread Man Records and his self-titled album will release on October 9.

As well as playing support to One Direction on their 22 date tour, the British singer-songwriter will also play his own show at Whelan's on Sunday November 1.

Wasn’t Expecting That has already achieved double-platinum sales in Australia following Jamie’s tour with Ed earlier this year.

Of the signing, Ed Sheeran said, “I first became aware of Jamie Lawson a few years ago, after hearing his track “Wasn’t Expecting That”. I very rarely get emotional over a track, but that song stopped me dead.

"He manages to put across such raw emotion within his work, and I knew immediately that I wanted to work with this guy in some way.

"Having decided to start my own label ‘Gingerbread Man Records’ with my label Atlantic Records, the first artist I had to sign was Jamie. Starting Gingerbread Man Records means I can put music I love out there on a huge platform, and Jamie seemed like the perfect choice for my first release."

Ed noticed Jamie’s poster in an Irish pub and remembered him from an earlier meeting – playing the prestigious Ruby Sessions in Dublin the following week, he asked the promoter to invite Jamie to play too. Subsequently, Jamie has jumped from a few hundred capacity venues to the 80,000 capacity venue in Dublin with Ed, to touring the world with him throughout 2015.

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