Ed Sheeran’s 2023 tour: Everything you need to know as singer announces surprise arena gigs
Ed Sheeran has revealed he’s extending his +–=÷× Tour for a surprise string of European gigs, to coincide with his upcoming album, Subtract.
The singer, 32, announced his latest shows just three weeks ahead of the March 23 date at Manchester’s AO Arena, with demanded expected to be high.
His final night in the leg will be on April 2 at Paris’ Accor Arena, a month before his next LP arrives on May 5.
Then, he’ll be back on the road again for his pre-planned concerts in North America, which will conclude at the end of September.
Subtract, arriving May 5, is the final in his decade-long mathematical series – which follows 2021’s Equals, 2017’s Divide, 2014’s Multiply and 2011’s Plus.
Before tickets go on sale, here’s everything you need to know.
Ed Sheeran’s 2023 tour: When are UK dates? How can I get tickets? Everything you need to know as singer announces surprise arena gigs (pictured in 2021)
Last minute! The singer, 32, announced his latest shows just three weeks ahead of the March 23 date at Manchester’s AO Arena, with demanded expected to be high (pictured in 2022)
Where can I get tickets?
Dedicated fans can gain access to the ticket pre-sale by pre-ordering Ed’s Subtract album before 9am on Tuesday March 7 on his official website.
After that, tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday March 10 via Ticketmaster.
When is he performing?
The dates are as follows:
Ed Sheeran’s European tour dates
Thursday March 23 – Manchester, AO Arena
Friday March 24 – London, The O2 Arena
Saturday March 25 – London, The O2 Arena
Tuesday March 28– Glasgow, Hydro Arena
Thursday March 30 – Dublin, 3Arena
Sunday April 2 – Paris, Accor Arena
How much will they cost?
The fees for tickets are yet to be announced, however his 2021 gigs in London were priced at around £50 to £80, and £45 to £75 elsewhere in the country.
Who is the support act?
Irish singer Cian Ducrot has enjoyed success with his 2022 tracks I’ll Be Waiting and All for You featuring Ella Henderson.
They both peaked within the top 20 on the UK Singles Chart.
What do we know about his new album?
Ed announced the release of his sixth studio album, Subtract, in a Wednesday Instagram post, explaining it had been inspired by the personal tragedies he had faced.
The Castle On The Hill songeter revealed his wife Cherry was diagnosed with a tumour during her pregnancy with their second child.
Talented: His final night in the leg will be on April 2 at Paris’ Accor Arena, a month before his next LP arrives on May 5 (pictured in 2021)
The couple welcomed daughter Jupiter in May 2022 and are also parents to Lyra Antarctica, two.
The singer and his childhood sweetheart kept the pregnancy secret but he has now revealed that the couple were plagued with ‘fear, depression and anxiety’ because Cherry was diagnosed with a tumour that she couldn’t have treated until after she’d given birth.
Ed explained that he struggled with his mental health last year as he tried to come to terms with his wife’s health issues as well as grieving the loss of his best friend Jamal Edwards.
Jamal, a music producer and the son of Loose Women star Brenda Edwards, tragically died after a cardiac arrest brought on by taking cocaine and drinking alcohol in February 2022.
He penned: ‘I had been working on Subtract for a decade, trying to sculpt the perfect acoustic album, writing and recording hundreds of songs with a clear vision of what I thought it should be.
‘Then at the start of 2022, a series of events changed my life, my mental health, and ultimately the way I viewed music and art.
‘Writing songs is my therapy. It helps me make sense of my feelings. I wrote without thought of what the songs would be, I just wrote whatever tumbled out. And in just over a week I replaced a decade’s worth of work with my deepest darkest thoughts.
Support act: Irish singer Cian Ducrot has enjoyed success with his 2022 tracks I’ll Be Waiting and All for You featuring Ella Henderson
‘Within the space of a month, my pregnant wife got told she had a tumour, with no route to treatment until after the birth.
‘My best friend Jamal, a brother to me, died suddenly, and I found myself standing in court defending my integrity and career as a songwriter.
‘I was spiralling through fear, depression and anxiety. I felt like I was drowning, head below the surface, looking up but not being able to break through for air.
‘As an artist I didn’t feel like I could credibly put a body of work into the world that didn’t accurately represent where I am and how I need to express myself at this point in my life.’
Ed continued: ‘This album is purely that. It’s opening the trapdoor into my 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.
‘This is last February’s diary entry and my way of making sense of it. This is Subtract.’
The singer did not provide any further update on his wife’s health. MailOnline contacted Ed’s representatives for further comment.
Exciting: Ed announced the release of his sixth studio album, Subtract , in a Wednesday Instagram post, explaining it had been inspired by the personal tragedies he had faced