Ed Sheeran has announced an encore lap of Australia and New Zealand that should put the artist in the record books.
The British singer-songwriter will make his return to the stage Down Under later this year, where he’ll play stadiums for the first time. “That’s crazy,” he tweeted to his 13.4 million followers. According to the tour promoter Frontier Touring, Sheeran’s five-dates this November and December will see him become the first-ever musician to perform an Australian and New Zealand stadium tour entirely solo.
He’s booked to play Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Nov. 28, then visit Perth, Melbourne and Sydney before wrapping things up Dec. 12 at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium.
The general ticket onsale starts May 5. More details can be found at the Frontier Touring Website.
Sheeran is clearly doing serious box-office business in this part of the world. He’s just wrapped up a sold-out run of 17 arena dates across Australasia, armed only with a loop pedal and acoustic guitar. Those shows shifted close to 190,000 tickets and made Sheeran the first solo artist to embark on an arena-scale tour of these shores without a band since the late John Denver did so in 1994.
Sheeran’s second tour of Australia and New Zealand this year (and his fifth visit in five years) will come at the back-end of a stretch of constant touring in support of his sophomore album X. X spent six weeks on top of the Australian albums chart and finished 2014 as the year’s best-selling set Down Under, ahead of albums by Taylor Swift (1989), the Frozen soundtrack, INXS (The Very Best) and Coldplay (Ghost Stories), according to trade body ARIA. Sheeran’s live calendar includes three sold-out shows at Wembley Stadium this July.
Ed Sheeran’s 2015 stadium tour of Australia and New Zealand:
Nov. 28 — Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Dec. 2 — nib Stadium, Perth
Dec. 5 — AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC
Dec. 9 — Allianz Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Dec. 12 — Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland