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09 October 2022

Ed Sheeran Plays Surprise Gig Outside Ipswich Town Hall

Ed Sheeran Gig Ipswich Town Hall
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Ed Sheeran performed a surprise hometown gig on the steps of Ipswich Town Hall last Friday, 7 October.

Fans in the Suffolk city were surprised to see Sheeran, who sponsors the town’s football club, rock up in the centre of town to perform his debut album track The A Team.

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“I’ve played so many shows here and have such love for this place,” he told the large crowd who had gathered. “I’m so happy to be back here.”

According to reports from the Ipswich Star, Sheeran performed with an acoustic guitar he had bought earlier that day from a local music shop. In an Instagram video, he announced the set in a video recorded at the Music World store.

After the performance, Sheeran then signed the guitar and gifted it to a 10-year-old fan who is an aspiring musician and guitarist.

An attendee told the Daily Mail: ‘Such a humble guy coming to Ipswich playing us some of his fantastic hits and ending it by giving his guitar to an up and coming 10-year-old guitarist in the audience. Wow. Thank you Ed.’

The impromptu Ipswich gig was the latest in a series of surprise performances from Sheeran in recent weeks. Last month, he surprised clubbers in Ibiza with an impromptu, four-song set that featured a variety of karaoke classics. On Monday, September 26, Sheeran appeared onstage at the House In Paradise club at O Beach in Ibiza to perform his 2017 hit Shape Of You after being introduced as “the biggest popstar in the world.”

He then launched into The Backstreet Boys‘ I Want It That Way before diving into the crowd. Returning to the stage, he performed Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline and ended with his take on Britney Spears’ Hit Me Baby One More Time.

Sheeran also made a surprise performance at an Oktoberfest event in Frankfurt earlier this month.

In more official matters, the singer has shared details of a North American tour for 2023. The pop star will bring his ongoing ‘Mathematics’ world tour to the US and Canada next year, with support from Khalid, Dylan, Rosa Linn, Cat Burns, Maisie Peters and Russ on differing dates. It’s in support of his latest album, 2021’s ‘=‘ and will also hear him play songs from his back catalogue.

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