Tuesday 24 April 2018

Ed Sheeran confirmed for Croke Park this summer

Ed Sheeran has had major success with his album X in 2014
Ed Sheeran has had major success with his album X in 2014
Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud has been voted The World's Greatest Love Song in a new poll
Ed Sheeran at the Grammys
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Ed Sheeran has been confirmed to headline Croke Park this summer.

The multi-award winning singer has been hotly tipped for the gig in recent weeks and this morning confirmed the news that he'll play Croker on Friday, July 24th.

Ed Sheeran at the Grammys
Ed Sheeran at the Grammys

"I came over to Dublin to do the Storytellers gig and I just felt like I needed to do another gig in Dublin this summer so, yeah, we booked the Croke Park gig," he told Ryan Tubridy on 2FM.

"I’ve never been to Croke Park before. I’ve heard the most amazing things about it.  They don’t do many concerts there so I never expected to play there.  They only do about three concerts a year."

Fresh from his intimate performance at Whelan's for VH1 Storytellers earlier this month, Sheeran's love of Ireland is well documented.

And while had initially planned on wrapping his stadium tour at Wembley, he added one final date in Dublin to top it off.

"Wembley was meant to be the last thing I did but Croke Park will be the last thing I do for a year," he added.  "I just want to make the third album and make sure the third album is good.  I don’t want to release songs that are sub-standard. 

"I want to make sure the album is properly good.  I think I’ve got three songs that are really stellar but I’ve got like another year and a half to keep writing."

How Irish does Ed Sheeran look in this photo? The red hair, the green hoodie and the pint of Guinness.The Suffolk boy is a regular visitor here and has lots of family connections in Co Wexford where his grandparents still live in Gorey.
How Irish does Ed Sheeran look in this photo? The red hair, the green hoodie and the pint of Guinness.The Suffolk boy is a regular visitor here and has lots of family connections in Co Wexford where his grandparents still live in Gorey.

Of the VH1 Storytellers Dublin gig he said, "I enjoyed it enough to extend the tour.  I said I would never extend it.  I said book the Wembley gigs and that's it, I can't book any more.  I need a break.  But I enjoyed Dublin enough to come back."

Tubridy asked Ed if he was aware of the impact of his appearance on the Late Late Toy Show when he sang with a young fan.

"I have never had anything, in my whole career, had a reaction like that.  It was insane.  Whenever I step foot in Ireland whether it be on an airplane or in Boots buying a sandwich or in the pub, it's the first thing people bring up with me.  It was pretty big."

The star, who has family in Ireland and said he has travelled here "four or five times a year" all his life, also revealed that he "would move [to Ireland] in a heartbeat if the opportunity presented itself".

Tickets will go on sale on this Thursday 26 February at 9am from usual outlets.

Online Editors

Entertainment Newsletter

Going out? Staying in? From great gigs to film reviews and listings, entertainment has you covered.

Editors Choice

Also in Entertainment