Thursday 14 December 2017

Dublin rockers Kodaline join Ed Sheeran on stage in massive surprise for revellers

Kodaline surprise revellers at Ed Sheeran gig (Photo: Twitter/Kodaline)
Kodaline surprise revellers at Ed Sheeran gig (Photo: Twitter/Kodaline)
Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

Dublin rockers Kodaline joined Ed Sheeran on stage in front of an 80,000-strong crowd in Croke Park.

In a surprise for revellers, the band sang their hit ‘All I Want’, getting one of the biggest cheers of the night.

Crowds erupted later again when Ed Sheeran returned to the stage for an encore in a GAA jersey with an Irish flag draped around his shoulders.

The global sensation is set to entertain some 160,000 Irish fans this weekend as he plays Croke Park tonight and tomorrow, but if he had his way he would never leave the Emerald Isle.

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The 24-year-old singer is a regular visitor to Ireland, where his beloved granny still lives.

In fact, the award-winning star has spent the last few days hanging out with the 91-year-old, eating pasta and playing with her dog.

“Nothing Rock n Roll,” Ed confessed before the massive gig. “I want to catch up with my gran and make cups of tea, not go out and have 15 jager bombs, but that’s not to say that won’t happen either.

Ed Sheeran pictured after a press conference at Croke Park. Pic Steve Humphreys 24th July 2015.

“I can’t handle more than one Guinness anymore,” he added. “Anything more than one feels like a meal.”

The Yorkshire native revealed that Dublin is his favourite location in the world to play gigs, no matter if it’s to a packed stadium of fans at Croke Park or to an intimate audience at Whelans or Doyles.

“I’m upset we can only do two Irish gigs. I want to spend a whole week playing here. The Irish fans are just mental and up for anything, you don’t even need to get them warmed up. All my best concerts were in Dublin.”

The chart topper stated that Irish music has been intrinsic to his upbringing, and he sought influence from Christy Moore and Planxty when growing up.

“Irish music in general, I was brought up on it. It’s definitely influenced me. I think unlike any other country, Irish people have music in their soul and I think that's because they're brought up listening to traditional music from a young age.” he said.

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