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02 May 2022

Ed Sheeran And Antytila Team Up For Reworked ‘2Step’ To Raise Funds For Ukraine

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Ed Sheeran has released a reworked version of his latest hit, 2Step, featuring a new verse from Ukrainian band Antytila.

The new video for 2Step stars Antytila, who also directed and produced it.

Royalties earned from streams of the official video on YouTube will be donated to Music Saves UA, a non-profit fundraising project created by the Ukrainian Association of Music Events to provide immediate humanitarian help to those most in need right now in Ukraine.

Antytila frontman Taras Topolia told The Times his lyrics in the new version were inspired by the distance from his family during the conflict. His wife Alyosha, also a popular Ukrainian singer, left the country on the first day of the Russian invasion, and is now in the US with the couple’s three children.

Topolia, who continues to fight and is working as a paramedic in and around Kharkiv, recorded his vocals on the outskirts of the capital city of Kyiv, where the video was also filmed.

Meanwhile, Antytila have shared screenshots of conversations they’d had with Sheeran on their Instagram page.

“I’m up for whatever man, just please keep safe,” Sheeran wrote to the group. “The video you sent was so heartbreaking, I’m so sorry all of this is happening. It’s incredible you write lyrics like that considering all that’s going on, I really appreciate it.”

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Ed Sheeran is currently on his your of the UK and Ireland, the remaining dates are:

5 May – Thomond Park, Limerick
6 May – Thomond Park Limerick
12 May – Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast
13 May – Boucher Road Playing Fields Belfast
26 May – Principality Stadium Cardiff
27 May – Principality Stadium, Cardiff
28 May – Principality Stadium, Cardiff
3 June – Stadium of Light, Sunderland
4 June – Stadium of Light, Sunderland
9 June – Etihad Stadium, Manchester
10 June – Etihad Stadium, Manchester
11 June – Etihad Stadium, Manchester
12 June – Etihad Stadium, Manchester
16 June – Hampden Park, Glasgow
17 June – Hampden Park Glasgow
24 June, Wembley Stadium, London
25 June, Wembley Stadium, London
29 June, Wembley Stadium, London
24 June, Wembley Stadium, London
1 July, Wembley Stadium, London

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