Ed Sheeran adds two more NZ shows, will perform five concerts

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There are only two shows (so far) so competition for tickets will be fierce, here are some ticket tapping tips to put you ahead of the pack.

Ed Sheeran has added two more shows to his 2018 tour, one for Dunedin and one for Auckland.

The British pop star will be performing five New Zealand shows in March.

A spokeswoman from Frontier Touring said there was a small possibility Sheeran would add even more shows if demand kept up.

Tickets to Sheeran's concerts went on sale on Tuesday.
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Tickets to Sheeran's concerts went on sale on Tuesday.

Tickets for Sheeran's first three shows went on a limited pre-sale on Tuesday, ahead of a general release next week.

Most of the tickets had sold out, but on Wednesday morning a few were still available to Sheeran's second Auckland concert.

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Tickets to Sheeran's concerts went on sale on Tuesday.
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Tickets to Sheeran's concerts went on sale on Tuesday.

To access the first release sale, fans had to sign up to Frontier Touring's mailing list. All of the tickets would be on sale to everyone from Tuesday, May 23.

Half of the tickets to his first three shows were put up for sale early, for the Frontier members only.

In total, Sheeran announced five March shows for New Zealand fans, two in Dunedin and three in Auckland.

Ed Sheeran performs at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
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Ed Sheeran performs at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

If all five concerts sold out, an estimated 150,000 people were expected to see Sheeran perform. Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium could host about 72,000 people over two nights, while the city had a population of 120,000.

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His last performance in New Zealand was in 2015, when he played to Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch.  He also visited on a holiday in 2016, during his "gap year".

Ticket scalpers struck almost immediately, with tickets appearing on re-sale sites such as Viagogo at heavily-inflated prices. Tickets that had sold for $159 were, within hours, being resold for as much as $434.

Ed Sheeran is performing in New Zealand in March.
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Ed Sheeran is performing in New Zealand in March.

Frontier Touring said it was very unlikely that Sheeran would announce any further performances for New Zealand cities other than Auckland and Dunedin as his schedule didn't allow for it.

Via the Ticketmaster website, fans could buy tickets for upwards of $109 for the second Auckland concert. Allocated seating was still on sale, as well as tickets to the rear moshpit.

TOUR DATES:

Saturday March 24, March 25 and 26 – Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium.
Thursday March 29 and Saturday March 31 – Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium.

 - Stuff

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