Saturday 16 December 2017

Ed Sheeran gets 'Up Close' with RTE2 in special live performance

Ed Sheeran performs as exclusive private gig to lucky RT? 2FM listeners. Picture: Tony Kinlan, 31/07/2014.
Ed Sheeran performs as exclusive private gig to lucky RT? 2FM listeners. Picture: Tony Kinlan, 31/07/2014.
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Chart-topping musician Ed Sheeran gave Irish fans a special treat ahead of his sure to be sold out Croke Park gig as he appeared on RTE2 for a 30 minute special Friday evening.

Joined back stage by Eoghan McDermott, the 24-year-old spoke a little between sets about the musical talent coming out of Ireland.

“There’s a lot of good music coming out of Ireland and it’s hard to hear it,” he said.

Dismissing the suggestion that he had the inside track on upcoming Irish talent, Ed said that it was simply a case of a lot of people talking about Irish musicians.

“Hozier, for example, I had 12 different people tell me about him over in London so I knew I had to listen to him.”

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Speaking about song-writer Gavin James, Ed said there was already a buzz about him in the UK even about he had had the chance to hear him in Ireland.

On his relationship with Taylor Swift, the British singer said that he owed his success in the United States to her.

“[She] made me a household name over there; all the radio stations were playing my music.”

Asked about some of his more recent ‘relationships’ the 24-year-old shrugged when asked about the fan reaction to his hit ‘Don’t’  and said it did not know what all the fuss was about.

“All my songs are quite personal but no one seemed to care about them. I guess it’s because it might be about a public figure they know.”

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Looking forward to bringing the curtain down on his 2015 stadium tour with the finale gig at Croke Park, Ed said he was doing his best to take in everything that was happening to him.

“I might be the biggest thing right now but in five year I might be out the window. So I’m taking nothing for granted.”

“My dad called my bluff when I told them I want to go to London and be a musician. He said, ‘ok, do it,’ and I did."

"I’d say it worked out alright,” he laughed.

Tickets for Ed Sheeran's Croke Park gig will go on sale on Thursday, February 26, at 9am at usual outlets.

Watch the RTE2 special "Ed Sheeran Up Close" on the RTE Player now.

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