Sheeran heads to the Stadium for Galway gigs

Ed Sheeran....Galway bound.

The man behind the third fastest selling album in history is to return to the cradle of his career by staging two concerts during his world tour in Pearse Stadium in the first gig to rock Galway GAA’s headquarters in a decade.

Ed Sheeran will play Galway on Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13, next year. Tickets go on sale on Saturday week, July 8, from 9am from all Ticketmaster outlets.

The venue can hold up to 35,000 fans. The tickets are priced at €91 for the stand and €81 unseated.

During his recent visit to Galway to film a video for the hit single, Galway Girl, Sheeran’s management team visited the Salthill venue to assess its suitability for a concert.

And they were more than happy with what they saw, reveals CEO of Galway GAA John Hynes.

“It’s going to be absolutely massive. I know it’s far away but the excitement that it’s generated is huge. We’ve had people call us from England, Ukraine – Irish people from all over the place who want to know when they can buy the tickets,” exclaimed John.

“There’s no doubt about it we’ll have the pick of the concerts. We’re really enclosed, we have upgraded facilities for fans with better toilets and concessions and for the first time the pitch is going to be covered by a breathable membrane so it won’t damage the pitch.”

Over 13 months ago Pearse Stadium began touting promoters indicating their interest in hosting summer gigs again.

The last time a concert was held in the Sathill venue was in 2008 when Westlife played in a continous deluge. In 2006 opera star Andrea Bocelli performed. and two years before that it was American legend Bob Dylan.

“I don’t think promoters were interested in coming here anymore as they didn’t have a great experience and didn’t think it was a great venue. In 2005 Westlife was a complete and utter washout,” John explained.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.