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Back in October 2018, British singer-songwriter and global sensation Ed Sheeran announced a series of huge headline shows in Leeds and Ipswich. All act as homecoming performances, with Sheeran born in West Yorkshire before growing up in Framlingham, Suffolk.
The shows continue his worldwide tour in support of his third studio album ÷ (Divide). They follow his tour across the United States, having most recently played the UK in the summer of last year, including four shows at London’s huge Wembley Stadium.
This year’s UK shows follow his first tour through South Africa, and have seen Ed take to France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Romania, Czech Republic, Latvia, Russia, Finland, Denmark, Hungary and Iceland before arriving in the UK.
Last year’s UK dates saw Ed Sheeran play to over 1.1 million fans, making it the biggest ever solo tour without a band. All shows come in support of ÷ (Divide), an album that hosts hit singles Shape Of You, Castle On The Hill, Galway Girl and Perfect.
The album follows his hugely successful debut + (Plus), released in 2011, and 2014’s x (Multiply).
Ed Sheeran continues to break records, with Shape Of You the most streamed track on Spotify, as well as one of the biggest single of all time in the UK. His sophomore album is also listed as one of the biggest selling albums of all time.
Ed has been awarded a MBE for his services to music and charity, as well as holding four Grammy Awards, four Ivor Novello awards, five BRITs, six Billboard awards and many more.
More recently, it was revealed that Scottish sensation Lewis Capaldi will be joining Ed Sheeran on select dates in both Leeds and Ipswich. Capaldi unveiled his No.1 album, Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent, earlier this year, having also topped the official singles chart with the massive hit, Someone You Loved.
With the shows now imminent, here’s more information on how to get to Leeds and Ipswich from across the United Kingdom.
Travelling to Ed Sheeran’s August shows couldn’t be easier, with shuttle buses from local train stations in place to both Chantry Park in Ipswich and Roundhay Park in Leeds.
Those travelling to Roundhay Park in Leeds can grab a shuttle bus directly from Sovereign Square outside Leeds train station.
Those travelling to Chantry Park in Ipswich have the option of a 25 minute walk, or a shuttle bus from Ipswich train station, Old Cattle Market or Tower Ramparts.
Car parking is available at both venues, with a Park & Ride from Trinity Park for the Ipswich shows. Drop off and pick up points are also available at both sites.
The promoters of Ed Sheeran are committed to combating unethical secondary ticketing and resale. Therefore, Ticketmaster are operating a paperless ticketing system.
No tickets will be issued in advance. The payment card used to originally purchase tickets will gain you admission to the show on the day. This can be a debit or credit card. Once tickets have been purchased, you will receive a simple email confirmation as proof of purchase. This is not a ticket.
Upon arrival at the show, you are required to present your original payment card (debit or credit card), original email booking confirmation and a Government-issued photo ID such as a driving license or passport that matches the name on the payment card.
On the night of the event you will need to bring along a printed copy of your confirmation email.
Your ticket into the event is your card so please remember to bring the SAME credit/debit card you used at the time of purchase and some photo ID (such as a driving licence or passport). The name on the ID must match the name on the card in order to verify your purchase.
Your credit/debit card will be swiped as you enter the venue and your details will be confirmed as you make your way in.
Here are the UK dates that form part of Ed Sheeran’s European run:
16 August 2019 – Roundhay Park, Leeds*
17 August 2019 – Roundhay Park, Leeds*
23 August 2019 – Chantry Park, Ipswich
24 August 2019 – Chantry Park, Ipswich
25 August 2019 – Chantry Park, Ipswich*
26 August 2019 – Chantry Park, Ipswich*
*w/ Lewis Capaldi
Remaining tickets for Ed Sheeran’s headline performances in Ipswich and Leeds are available now. Grab them through Ticketmaster.co.uk.