Wednesday 21 March 2018

Ed Sheeran fans snap up 3,500 tickets a minute

Paul Healy

Only an All-Ireland final - or a Garth Brooks concert - could come close to selling tickets at the rate which Ed Sheeran did yesterday.

The singer-songwriter sold out two Croke Park concerts for next July at a rate of around 3,500 tickets a minute.

Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran

The full allocation of 160,000 tickets were snapped up within 45 minutes, leaving thousands disappointed.

And Aiken Promotions said that despite his popularity there will not be a third gig.

Concert promoter Peter Aiken described the sales as "phenomenal".

He told the Irish Independent: "It's fantastic. The first time I saw him was in Vicar Street and now we are selling out two Croke Park gigs. It's incredible.

"There were queues at outlets all around the country - it's phenomenal that we sold that amount of tickets."

After the pre-sale for the singer's first gig on Friday, July 24, Aiken Promotions decided to add a second date on Saturday, July 25.

At €69.45 a ticket, both gigs sold out, generating over €11m for Sheeran and his team.

Ticketmaster's website was slow yesterday with fans waiting up to 15 minutes to find out if they were successful in their attempt to get tickets.

The promoters ruled out any hope of another concert after last year's Garth Brooks fiasco.

Alongside The Script gig on June 20, the Ed Sheeran gigs will be the only concerts at Croker this year, as the GAA is only entitled to three gigs a year.

Following the controversy over five cancelled Garth Brooks concerts, the GAA has no intention of trying to put on any extra events in 2015.

Sheeran had originally intended to end his tour at Wembley Stadium but the chance to play Croke Park proved too enticing to turn down.

Sheeran (pictured) has previously described Irish fans as "among the best in the world."

"I've never been to Croke Park before but I've heard the most amazing things about it," he said.

Irish Independent

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