Earlier this week, Ed Sheeran took to Twitter to announce the first leg of his European stadium tour, set to take place in the summer of 2018. The first leg of the tour begins on the 4th of May in Cork’s very own Páirc Uí Chaoimh and ends in Warsaw on the 11th of August. The tour includes stops in Cork, Galway, Belfast and Dublin. Sheeran, an act who has cultivated a large and loyal Irish fan base, will arrive in Ireland on the 4th of May and is not scheduled to leave until the 18th (although he could leave even later, as his next concert in not for another six days after his final Irish show). Ed Sheeran’s Irish touring schedule is as follows:
4th May 2018 – Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork
5th May 2018 – Páirc Uí Chaoimh , Cork
9th May 2018 – Boucher Playing Fields, Belfast
12th May 2018 – Pearse Stadium, Galway
13th May 2018 – Pearse Stadium, Galway
16th May 2018 – Phoenix Park, Dublin
18th May 2018 – Phoenix Park, Dublin
Tickets will be in high demand for all shows, with the dates in the Phoenix Park invariably going to be the most popular. This could be one of the very first concerts to be hosted in the newly re-developed Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Páirc Uí Chaoimh’s new developments will allow for a seated capacity of 45,000, which over two nights could allow for a possible 92,000 spectators or more to take in the show once standing tickets have been allocated. Galway’s Pearse Stadium has a seated capacity of 26,000 while the Phoenix Park allows for 50,000 spectators per night. During Sheeran’s time in the Republic he could potentially play for an incredible 246,000 people, which would be close to 5% of its near-five million population. Tickets are expected to be priced at between €70 and €90, which would mean Sheeran is making a cosy €19.6 Million in Ireland alone, excluding merchandise.
Tickets are set to go on sale at 9 a.m. on Saturday the 8th of July, through the Atlantic record company’s website. In a statement when announcing the tour it was noted that in order to enter the venues fans must have the credit card used to book the tickets and valid I.D., as well as their ticket booking confirmation. It’s also clearly stated that your secondhand ticket “is not valid unless it’s through our official face-value resale partner Twickets.” This is a clear and precise attack on ticket touts, after Sheeran’s last shows in Ireland sold out in five minutes yet appeared on websites such as Done-Deal and Ticketmaster’s own resale company, Seatwave, for triple the original price almost instantly, leaving many fans devastated and angry. While this isn’t the first concert to attempt these sorts of limitations, it is hoped they will have the required effect.
The support act for the tour is unknown as of now, but it’s expected to be announced soon after the tickets go on sale.
Ed Sheeran’s European & UK tour tickets are on sale at 9 a.m. on Saturday the 8th of July. For more information please visit www.edsheeran.com and keep an eye on Ed Sheeran’s Twitter account, @edsheeran, and his managers Twitter account, @Stuartcamp.