Saturday 24 February 2018

Ed Sheeran would move here 'in a heartbeat' as he reveals Croker show

Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Chart-topping musician Ed Sheeran will bring the curtain down on his 2015 stadium tour with a finale gig at Croke Park on July 24.

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

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

"They don't do many concerts there so I never expected to play there."

Sheeran decided to add a further date to his stadium tour following the success of his VH1 Storytellers gig in Whelans last month.

"I enjoyed Dublin enough to extend a tour I [previously] said I would never extend," he said.

"I always love coming back to Ireland. Irish audiences are among the best in the world."

Sheeran has a loyal Irish fan base; he was the biggest selling artist of 2014 in Ireland.

His album 'X' went nine times platinum and remained at No.1 in the album charts in Ireland for 11 weeks.

Last year, he performed four sold-out gigs at the 3Arena and it is believed his Croke Park concert will also sell out.

All of Sheeran's three Wembley Stadium concerts have sold out with three quarter of a million 'Thinking Out Loud' fans due to attend the gigs in July.

Sheeran intends on taking a year-long hiatus after his Croke Park concert so he can concentrate on his next album.

"I want to make sure the album is properly good," the Grammy-nominated artist said.

Sheeran has family in Ireland and stated that he would "move [to Ireland] in a heartbeat if the opportunity presented itself".

Last October, it was announced that The Script will play Croke Park on June 20. A further act will be announced in the coming months. Tickets for Ed Sheeran will go on sale on Thursday February 26 at 9am at usual outlets.

Irish Independent

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