Set to be one of the most highly-anticipated tours of 2017, local lad Ed Sheeran has announced an array of worldwide tour dates for the UK & Ireland, Europe, Mexico and Central & South America, kicking-off in Italy on March 17 and running through to June.
Ed’s London shows will see him return to The O2 for two nights on May 1st and 2nd, marking his first shows in the capital since his record-breaking stint at Wembley Stadium in July 2015.
The news comes straight off the back of a phenomenal few weeks for 25-year-old Ed Sheeran. Kicking-off music in 2017 and delivering the biggest musical comeback in recent years, Ed’s dual singles “Shape Of You” and “Castle On The Hill” have taken the globe by storm, hitting the #1 and #2 spots across the charts worldwide while seeing the Suffolk native break a magnitude of records along the way.
On course to cement his third week at #1 & #2 respectively in the UK’s Official Singles Chart tomorrow, Ed recently conquered more milestones in the USA after landing his first-ever #1 as a performer on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Shape Of You” – with “Castle On The Hill” sitting closely behind at #6 on the chart, Ed also became the first artist to debut in Billboard’s ‘Top 10’ with two songs simultaneously.
Not to mention the huge assortment of Spotify records broken by the troubadour this month, making history with their biggest-ever ‘one week’ and ‘one day’ streams for a track, globally, with “Shape Of You” (the records were previously held by Drake’s “One Dance” and Adele’s “Hello”, respectively). Moreover, Ed topped the streaming service’s biggest-ever opening 24 hour streams with both singles, surpassing previous title holders, One Direction. Reaching 132 combined #1 iTunes positions around the world and accomplishing Apple Music’s biggest-ever ‘day’ and ‘one week’ streams, the two singles have accumulated over 370 MILLION worldwide streams to date.
Launched on Monday, Ed’s official video for “Castle On The Hill”, which was shot in his native Framlingham, Suffolk, has already reached over 10 million hits!
In addition to Ed’s epic rise with his recorded music, the global phenomenon has also broken records in the live sphere over recent years. In July 2015 Ed took to the stage of Wembley Stadium, solo, becoming the first-ever artist to headline the prestigious venue without a band – with just his trademark loop pedal and guitar – seeing him play to 240,000 people over three consecutive sold-out nights! Securing a very special collaboration with Sir Elton John on the opening night, Ed followed with the release of his live DVD ‘Jumpers for Goalposts’ at the end of 2015, documenting the lead-up and live performances from the Wembley weekend.
Moreover, not only has Ed caught the headlines with his phenomenal solo concerts, he’s also been involved in an array of spellbinding collaborative performances over his career to date, further proving his colossal status in the musical world – in 2012, Ed performed at the London Olympics’ closing ceremony alongside members of Pink Floyd and Genesis for a very special version of “Wish You Were Here” and in 2015, Ed shared the stage with Beyonce and Gary Clark Jr. at that year’s Grammy tribute for Stevie Wonder.
Ed Sheeran’s genre-defying third studio album ÷ (divide) will be released on 3rd March through Asylum/Atlantic Records and is available for pre-order now.
Wed 12 – Ireland, Dublin, 3 Arena
Thu 13 – Ireland, Dublin, 3 Arena
Sun 16 – Scotland, Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
Mon 17 – Scotland, Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
Wed 19 – UK, Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
Thu 20 – UK, Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
Sat 22 – UK, Manchester Arena
Sun 23 – UK, Manchester Arena
Tue 25 – UK, Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
Wed 26 – UK, Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
Fri 28 – UK, Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena
Sat 29 – UK, Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena
Mon 1 – UK, London, The O2
Tue 2 – UK, London, The O2
[box type=”info” align=”” class=”” width=””]General sale will commence on Thursday 2nd February at 10am GMT in the UK & Ireland and Europe, for more information or tickets visit www.edsheeran.com. For Mexico and Central & South America, please contact your local ticketing company for on-sale dates.[/box]