Monday 18 December 2017

Ed's-up: Sheeran to play epic Irish stadium tour

Ed Sheeran performs on the Pyramid Stage during Glastonbury. Photo: REUTERS
Ed Sheeran performs on the Pyramid Stage during Glastonbury. Photo: REUTERS
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Popstar Ed Sheeran is returning to Ireland for an epic tour.

The 'Shape of You' singer will play Dublin, Cork, Galway, and Belfast.

The tour kicks off at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork on May 4 2018, with a second date at the venue on May 5.

He will then play Boucher Road Playing Fields in Belfast on May 9 before Galway's Pearse Stadium on Saturday, May 12, and Sunday, May 13. The star will conclude the Irish leg of his tour with a two-night extravaganza in the Phoenix Park on Wednesday, May 16, and Friday, May 18.

The 26-year-old singer has a huge fan base in Ireland - and several links to the country.

His grandmother Anne 'Nancy' Sheeran (92) is from Wexford and Ed spent summer holidays on the east coast of the country. Nancy previously praised her superstar grandson for remaining as down-to-earth as ever despite his international success. She said: "I'll never think of him as being famous, I have to say.

"He's exactly the same as he always is when he visits."

In his latest album 'Divide', which is the biggest selling of the year so far, clocking up more than eight million copies globally, Sheeran displayed his well documented affection for Ireland. His song 'Galway Girl' mentions Grafton Street, Carrickfergus, fiddles, céilis, an Irish band and trad tunes. The video also features Irish actors Saoirse Ronan and 'Love/Hate' stars Peter Coonan and Laurence Kinlan.

The singer played two nights at the 3 Arena in April and last year he played two sold-out gigs at Croke Park. Sheeran will kick off his European tour with his Irish dates and then hit the UK - with dates at Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, London, and Cardiff - before hitting Europe, starting with Amsterdam on June 28 and finishing up in Warsaw on August 11.

Sheeran and his team are also working against anyone using secondary ticketing websites for profit. Any tickets that are resold will not be valid. On the stadium dates, you will be required to bring your tickets, booking confirmation, and credit card, plus a valid form of ID or you will not be granted entry to the show.

Tickets - costing from €81 and €91 - go on sale on Saturday, July 8, at 9am.

Irish Independent

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