From the time he picked up an old guitar given to him by an uncle, eclectic musician Ed Sheeran has had one thing on his mind…music.
At age eleven Sheeran metand Sheeran’s resolve and focus was even stronger and he added songwriting to his list of skills.
At 16, Sheeran lived above a pub and played every gig he could find – sometimes three in one day – from the local open mic night to an actual set.
Recording in the studio by day and performing at night, Sheeran sold the CDs he made right out of his backpack; making enough money to finance the next gig. Sheeran says that he has spent the past two and a half years sleeping on a different sofa each night; in the name of art and music.
Although he was selling his music and getting more gigs, Sheeran uploaded a live performance video of his song “You Need Me I Don’t Need You” which garnered over 100,000 views in only two days. His second video “The A Team” topped the one million mark.
After years of living gig to gig and refusing to be pigeon holed into one specific musical style, Sheeran wa named the Breakthrough Artist of the Year and the Male Artist of the Year at the 2012 Brit Awards. His debut single “You Need Me I Don’t Need You” was written in response to being told he had to pick one musical style and stick with it.
Sheeran’s debut album “+” was certified four times platinum in his native England and is set for a US release on June 12. Currently on tour in Eruope, Sheeran will make his inaugural North American headlining tour to support the album in the fall with the US dates as a part of the “VH1 You Oughta Know” series. Sheeran follows in the footsteps of award winning stars fellow Britons Adele and, , The Civil Wars, and The Fray as a part of the “You Oughta Know” tour.
Ed Sheeran on tour…
June 8 at the Rockness Festival in Loch Ness
June 9 in Wembly Stadium as a part of the 95.8 Capital FM Summertime Ball
June 11 at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City
June 12 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn
June 30 at Stravinski Auditorium as a part of the Montreus Jazz Festival
July 1 at Festivalpark in Werchter, Belgium as a part of the Rock Werchter Festival
July 29 at the Aotea Centre – ASB Theatre in Auckland
July 31 at the QPAC Concert Hall in Brisbane
Aug. 1 at the Enmore Theatre in Newtown
Aug. 3 at the Palais Theatre in St. Kilda
Aug. 4 at the Thebarton Theatre in Adelaide
Aug. 6 at the Riverside Theatre in Perth
Sept. 17 at the Kool Haus in Toronto
Sept. 18 at Olympia de Montreal
Sept. 19 at the House of Blues in Boston
Sept. 21 at Terminal 5 in New York City
Sept. 22 at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC
Sept 23 at the Theatre of the Living Arts in Philadelphia
Sept. 25 at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago
Sept. 26 at The State Theatre in Minneapolis
Sept. 28 at the Bluebird Theater in Denver
Oct. 1 at The Wiltern in Los Angeles
Oct. 2 at the House of Blues in San Diego
Oct. 4 at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC
Oct. 5 at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland, OR
Oct. 6 at the Showbox SoDo in Seattle
Oct. 14-17 at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo in London
Oct. 19 at The Brighton Centre in Brighton
Oct. 20 at the Newport Centre in Newport
Oct. 21 at Windsor Hall in Bournemouth
Oct. 22 at the Plymouth Pavilions in Plymouth
Oct. 24 at the Swindon Arts Centre in Swindon
Oct. 26 at the Rivermead Centre in Reading
Oct. 31 at The Capital FM Arena in Nottingham
Nov. 1 & 2 at the O2 Apollo in Manchester
Nov. 5 & 6 at The Dome in Doncaster
Nov. 7 at the Hull Arena in Hull
Nov. 8 at the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool
Nov. 10 & 11 at the Newcastle Civic Theatre in Newcastle
Nov. 12 at Usher Hall in Edinburgh
Nov. 14 & 15 at the Barrowland in Glasgow