Saturday 20 January 2018

Ed Sheeran, our glorious leader


Ed Sheeran Photo: Yui Mok/PA
Ed Sheeran Photo: Yui Mok/PA
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

Fears the Irish people would protest at paying for rubbish were put to rest this weekend as the country suffered a collective nervous breakdown trying to buy tickets for Ed Sheeran. In scenes reminiscent of the G20 protests, they gathered at shops and online, determined that nothing would get in the way of them paying their money to see a guy busking, but in a stadium.

It is a sign of our obsession with Ed that he is doing a stadium tour - of Ireland. Most superstars pop in and are happy to do one night in the Aviva, or Croke Park if they're lucky. But Ed will fill more sports stadiums around the country next summer than the GAA. We are just stopping short of making it mandatory for everyone to go and see Ed Sheeran in 2018.

Our obsession with Ed at this time has even sparked fears that when he comes here, crowds may descend and trap him in his car while Paul Murphy, who may or may not be using a megaphone, may or may not ask people to vote on whether they keep him or let him go. And the crowd will be divided, as the nation is. On one side, there are those who can sing every note of every Ed song, and on the other side, there are those who when they occasionally mistakenly see Ed singing one of his songs, say, "Oh. So that's who sings that annoying song I'm always hearing on the radio."

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