Wednesday 26 November 2014

Secret's out: Ed Sheeran to play intimate cut price gig in Vicar Street on Monday night

Eimear Rabbitte

Published 03/05/2014 | 12:06

Ed Sheeran

HE is fast becoming one of the world's biggest pop stars, working with the likes of One Direction and Taylor Swift.

But English singer Ed Sheeran is taking time out from his busy schedule for a very intimate gig in Dublin.

The star will be causing a stir among his young female fans when he touches down for an impromptu gig in city centre haunt Vicar Street.

The A-Team hit-maker will bring the bank holiday to a chilled-out end when he takes to the stage for the laid-back gig in front of 1,500 fans on Monday night.

Sheeran (23) will hit two countries on the same day, starting at Koko in London before making his way to the Dublin gig at 9.30pm.

Tickets costing €10 are on sale now.

Sheeran showed just how important his Irish fans are to him when he comforted a Dublin teenager only moments before she passed away last month.

He got in touch with cystic fibrosis sufferer Triona Priestley (15) after she revealed it was her dying wish to hear from her idol.

She slipped into a deep sleep as he sang to her over the phone and died a short time later.

Sheeran announced the string of gigs ahead of the release of his new album, X, this summer.

He will be playing material from the album, which includes his new track, Sing, and which is set for release here on June 20. 

“I can't wait to finally play my new songs to my UK and Irish fans for the first time on Monday,” he said.

It is likely that Sheeran will find time to hang out with his Dublin-based cousin Laura Sheeran while he’s on Irish shores.

A musician herself and originally from Galway, Laura recently told the Herald of her fond memories growing up with her famous cousin.

“I used to cross-collaborate with Ed a lot before he was signed,” she said. “He is insanely talented.”

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