Thursday 18 January 2018

Nice guy Ed's 'tea-total' weekend with Irish Nan

Ed Sheeran with support act Jamie Lawson at Croke Park yesterday
Ed Sheeran with support act Jamie Lawson at Croke Park yesterday

Chris Wasser and Freya Drohan

Singer songwriter Ed Sheeran may be entertaining up to 160,000 fans in Dublin this weekend, but he revealed his time in Ireland will be anything but rock 'n' roll.

The 24-year-old global star plans to have tea with his 91-year-old gran in the place he regards as his second home.

Speaking in Dublin yesterday ahead of two sold-out concerts at Croke Park, the singer said he'd perform all week if he could.

"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."

Sheeran said all his best concerts have been in Dublin, whether to a packed stadium or at Whelan's or Doyles.

As expected, his Irish relatives are even closer to his heart. In fact, the Grammy nominee has spent the last few days hanging out with his gran in Craanford, Co Wexford, eating pasta and playing with her dog.

"For me, whenever I come to Ireland, my gran is 91 and I just want to spend as much time with her as possible, and I've got lots of family over this weekend," Sheeran continued.

"Wembley Stadium was like, 'Let's celebrate!' Croker is more of a 'I wanna catch up with my gran and drink tea and not go out and do 15 Jagerbombs' ... I'll have a Guinness at least once."

It was on a night out with concert promoter, Bren Berry of Aiken Promotions, that led to Sheeran giving up his holiday plans to play in Dublin.

"I'm happy that he made me do it, I'd much rather play here than take this weekend off, this is just massive," he said, revealing he briefly considered asking U2 to join him at Croke Park.

"It was something that crossed my mind and I did look at their tour dates, but I don't think they'd fly back for me," he added.

Irish Independent

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