Ed Sheeran has announced a surprise arena tour, and he’s set to take to this stage here in Manchester in just a few weeks time.
It’s hard to keep up with the global megastar today.
It was only this morning the chart-topping singer songwriter announced on his Instagram that his sixth studio album, titled Subtract, will be released on 5 May – but now, just a few hours after breaking the internet with his first bit of news, Sheeran has announced that he’ll be stepping on stage at several major arenas.
The multi award-winner will be heading out on a six-date arena tour of the UK and Europe, and he’s kicking things off right here in Manchester with a massive show this month.
Sheeran will take over the AO Arena for one-night-only on Thursday 23 March 2023.
After he’s entertained the masses in Manchester, the ‘Shape of You’ singer will then continue on his tour with two dates in London, followed by shows in Glasgow, Dublin, and Paris all throughout March and April, before his new album drops.
Announcing the tour on his social media platforms this afternoon, Ed teased that he’ll not only be belting out a whole host of fan-favourite songs from his past five chart-topping albums, but he’ll also play a brand-new single before it’s released out into the world.
Sheeran candidly revealed this morning that he was “spiralling through fear, depression and anxiety” after a really difficult month in his personal life when he decided to turn to songwriting as “therapy” and make his new album.
He explained that he’d been working on the album for the best part of a decade, but in the space of a week, decided to replace it all with songs written from his “deepest darkest thoughts”.
The singer-songwriter said the new album is like “opening the trapdoor into his soul”.
“For the first time, I’m not trying to craft an album people will like, I’m merely putting something out that’s honest and true to where I am in my adult life,” Sheeran said in his statement.
Understandably, tickets for the shows are expected to be in high demand.
Tickets will go on general sale next Friday 10 March at 9am, although fans can pre-order the new album before 9am on Tuesday 7 March via his official website if they want to gain early access to the ticket pre-sale – which will be held on Wednesday 8 March at 9am.
You can sign up for pre-sale access here, and grab tickets when they go on sale here.
Featured Image – Ed Sheeran (via Instagram)
Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher get local musician up on stage for a surprise performance
Football legends Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher helped host the Music Feeds Live charity gig on Tuesday night, welcoming several Northern acts onto the stage, but the crowd were in for an extra treat when a musician amongst them got up on the stage for a surprise song.
The ex-pros turned pundits joined Radio 6 Music’s Chris Hawkins to present the series of fundraising performances on behalf of The Trussell Trust, with the likes of Slow Readers Club and Manc rock veterans James delighting the audience, but turns out there was also another local talent in their midst.
Between acts, the two Monday Night Football hosts asked if there was anyone in the crowd who fancies getting up on stage, to which local singer-songwriter Ewan Sim jumped at the chance.
And what tune never fails in a room of Mancunians? ‘Stop Crying Your Heart Out’ by Oasis, that’s what.
Speaking to The Manc after the impromptu performance, Sim — originally from Handforth down the road in Cheshire — explained how he simply couldn’t pass the opportunity up.
“I was in the crowd watching the Music Feeds Live gig for food poverty which Neville and Carragher were presenting and in between acts they asked the audience if anyone wanted to come up on stage and sing a tune, so I put my hand up and they invited me up — completely spur of the moment.”
Explaining his choice of song (as he even needed to), he said the Manchester classic “is a favourite of mine”, adding: “The crowd loved it got a decent applause and loads of people came up to me afterwards. Neville said I was ‘class’ and well done when I’d finished and Carra said on the mic that it was ‘brilliant'”
Simply lovely stuff, not to mention the whole night brought so many beloved music names together to help raise vital funds for The Trussell Trust.
The Clash Magazine and BBC Introducing spotlighted artist said he lived out a dream getting to play to sing on the O2 Apollo stage, summing up the whole experience in three simple words: “It was mega.”
Ewan is also playing a headline show at The Lodge in the one and only Deaf Institute on Saturday, 6 April if you like what you heard and fancy seeing him live for yourself. You can grab tickets HERE.
And if you’re interested in discovering other new up-and-coming artists from around Greater Manchester, you can check out more Manc music we’ve been listening to recently down below.
Featured Images — Supplied/Ewan Sim (via Instagram)
Ja Rule cancels tour with DAYS to go, after being denied entry to UK
Ja Rule has been denied entry to the UK just days before he was supposed to bring his The Sunshine Tour to the country.
The rapper has cancelled the UK leg of the tour just days before it was due to start.
He was supposed to be kicking it off in Cardiff on Friday but has pulled all shows just days before.
Ja Rule has now shared that ‘the UK won’t let him in’ due to his criminal record, The Hoot reports.
He said that he was ‘so devastated’ that he has had to cancel the tour, which he said was almost sold out.
Ja Rule also wrote that he had notified promoters of his criminal record and they’d assured his team it wouldn’t be an issue.
The Mesmerize singer wrote on X today: “I’m so devastated I can’t believe the UK won’t let me in I’ve spent a half million dollars in production of my own money to put this tour together only to be denied entry DAYS before my shows. This is not fair to me or my fans these venues are 85% sold and now I can’t come…
“The UK is one of the few European countries that restricts entry to people with criminal records.
“In general, you will likely be denied entry if you have been convicted of a crime punishable by 23 months or more under British law or served more than 12 months in prison.”
He later continued: “Gonna do something special for my UK fans since I’ll NEVER be able to come across the pond stay tuned…”
Updating fans again, Ja Rule said: “My team made it CLEAR to the promoter that I have a criminal record and can’t get in the country…The PROMOTER swore this wouldn’t be an issue The PROMOTER started selling tickets y’all love to blame the artist lol… GET YOUR REFUNDS!!!”