Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling, Madison Square Garden conquering singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has announced his return to the UK/Ireland for his first headline tour since Autumn 2012.
Says Sheeran: ” I can’t wait to tour this new record; it’s been a long time coming. Looking forward to touring the UK and Ireland once again!”
Masterfully blending soulful vocals with organic folk introspection and irresistible hip-hop hooks, Ed Sheeran has enjoyed a meteoric rise. The 22-year old’s debut ‘+’ entered the U.K. Album Chart at #1 with the highest opening week figures for a debut male solo artist ever and is now certified 6x platinum. The singer/songwriter is also a two-time BRIT Award winner (Best Male Artist, Best Breakthrough Artist), recipient of an Ivor Novello Award for ‘Best Song Musically and Lyrically’ for The A Team and has gone on to become a genuine global phenomenon.
‘+’ has enjoyed multi-platinum, platinum, and gold sales in different countries, including the U.S. where his international smash ‘The A-Team’ has been certified 2x-platinum and received a prestigious ‘Song Of The Year’ GRAMMY nomination.
Tour Dates are as follows:
Mon 6th: DUBLIN 02 Arena
Wed 8th: BELFAST Odyssey Arena
Sat 11th: LEEDS First Direct Arena
Sun 12th: LONDON The O2
Mon 13th: LONDON The O2
Sun 19th: BIRMINGHAM LG Arena
Mon 20th: BIRMINGHAM LG Arena
Thurs 23rd: NOTTINGHAM Capital FM Arena
Sat 25th: NEWCASTLE Metro Radio Arena
Mon 27th: MANCHESTER Phones 4U Arena
Tues 28th: MANCHESTER Phones 4U Arena
Thurs 30th: GLASGOW SSE Hydro Arena
The British singer, who opened for Taylor during her Red tour, played Madison Square Garden and invited the American country star to join him as a guest performer for the song they wrote together ‘Everything Has Changed’.
The Grammy Award winner gushed about her upcoming performance alongside her good friend earlier in the day.
“He’s one of my best friends,” Taylor told E! News.
The 22 hitmaker was Ed’s first choice for the gig when he found out she would be in the area promoting her new Christmas holiday collection for shoemaker Keds.
Taylor became a fan of Ed’s music in March 2012 and the duo have since co-written and sung on her single Everything Has Changed.
At the Billboard Music Awards in May, Ed revealed just how close they are.
“Stir fry,” he said when asked to name her specialty dish. “That was good. She gets her wok on.”
Friday night’s performance will come just a day after Ed’s small show at the Mercury Lounge. The venue is the first place Ed ever played in Manhattan a year-and-a-half ago.
MTV News reports the musician played three tracks during the latest show, including one named Forever, which he denied was about Taylor despite fans’ screams suggesting so.
The red-haired crooner was also looking festive in gingerbread man costume in a nod to Halloween.