Ed Sheeran announces 2019 UK & Europe tour including shows in Ipswich and Leeds

There's a homecoming on the cards for Ed.

Ed Sheeran has announced a UK & European tour for 2019.

Ed's calendar for next year was looking a little empty, with just three shows set for South Africa's largest city Johannesburg in March. Now, a further 23 dates across Europe have been confirmed.

Ed will play four parkland shows in the UK next summer; two in Ipswich's Chantry Park on August 16 and 17, and two in Leeds' Roundhay Park on August 23 and 24.

Ed has yet to visit Leeds or Ipswich in support of his third studio album ÷, while park gigs will be provide a different atmosphere to the stadium events Ed has put on in recent years.

Ipswich is just 30 minutes drive from Framlingham, Suffolk, where Ed grew up, and mark his first headline shows in his home county since 2014.

In addition to his four UK slots, Ed will also visit the likes of Helsinki, Budapest, Moscow and Prague. All tickets for the 2019 European leg of the ÷ Tour go on sale next Thursday (September 27) at 10am.

Ed recently spoke about his plans to put out an 'experimental' release to "clear the air" following three hugely successful albums. The Shape Of You singer has said it is "dangerous to have a career that goes bigger and bigger". Despite that, his management team believe his next album could surpass the success of ÷.

Ed's third studio album ÷ is the fastest-selling ever by a solo male, and the third fastest-selling album of all time. It spawned a 14-week chart-topping single, plus the 2017 Christmas Number 1, and features more Top 10 singles on it than any other studio album in UK chart history.

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Ed Sheeran's 2019 UK and Europe dates are: 

24 May Lyon, France Groupama Stadium
29 May Bordeaux, France Matmut Atlantique

1 June Lisbon, Portugal Estadio Da Luz
7 June Barcelona, Spain Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc Lluís Companys
11 June Madrid, Spain Wanda Metropolitano
14 June Florence, Italy Firenze Rocks (FESTIVAL)
16 June Rome, Italy Stadio Olimpico
19 June Milan, Italy Stadio San Siro
23 June Hockenheim, Germany Hockenheimring
28 June Klagenfurt, Austria Wörthersee Stadion
3 July Bucharest, Romania Arena Națională
7 July Prague, Czech Republic Letiště Letnany
12 July Riga, Latvia Lucavsala Park
19 July Moscow, Russia Otkritie Arena (Spartak)
24 July Helsinki, Finland Malmi Airport
28 July Odense, Denmark Tusindaarsskoven

2 August Hannover, Germany Messegelände
7 August Budapest, Hungary Sziget Festival (FESTIVAL)
10 August Reykjavik, Iceland Laugardalsvöllur
16 August Leeds, UK Roundhay Park
17 August Leeds, UK Roundhay Park
23 August Ipswich, UK Chantry Park
24 August Ipswich, UK Chantry Park

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