Ed Sheeran announces third and final Dunedin show, will perform six NZ shows

Ed Sheeran will play six New Zealand shows next year.
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Ed Sheeran will play six New Zealand shows next year.

If you haven't got tickets already, here's your last chance to secure your place at one of Ed Sheeran's concerts.

The British pop star has announced a further Dunedin show at Forsyth Barr Stadium. Frontier Touring promoter Michael Gudinski says this will be their final concert announcement.

Tickets for Sheeran's sixth New Zealand show would go on sale on June 1 at 1pm.

Almost 250,000 people were expected to see Sheeran perform if his third Dunedin show sold out, Gudinski said. If it sold out Sheeran's tour would be one the biggest stadium tours to have played in New Zealand.

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Tickets to all three of Sheeran's Auckland shows, and his first two Dunedin concerts, had sold out.

Ed Sheeran fans Erin Davis, left and Debbie Waide wait for tickets outside Forsyth Barr Stadium.

"We've had great cooperation from Ed and his management because we're really trying to make sure that the Viagogo and the scalpers aren't having a field day," Gudinski said.

Tickets for Sheeran's five sold out shows had appeared on scalping sites almost immediately. General admission tickets to Sheeran's March shows were being re-sold for about $300, at a mark-up of $191. Trade Me was refusing to sell tickets to Sheeran's shows until January.

The excitment around Sheeran's performances had exceeded even Gudinski's expectations, he said. The 64-year-old promoter had worked with Sheeran since before he released his first album, and remembers hosting events where only 40 people attended to see the British musician. 

"These ticket prices could have been a lot more expensive – if you look at these prices and compare it to other shows – but he's really trying to ensure that kids buy these tickets at the right price," Gudinski said.

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He said the final Sheeran concert had been a last minute addition, with the final details not being sorted out until Thursday night.

"It's a long way away and I just didn't want people panicking if they didn't have tickets, so I'm very happy that we've been able to announce this," Gudinski said.

He promised the full package for Auckland and Dunedin show-goers. There would be no cut backs for the New Zealand tour, he said. Sheeran would be bringing a full sound and stage system with him from Australia, Gudinski said, adding that "the Rolling Stones didn't even bring a PA to New Zealand".

Air New Zealand would be putting on at least 52 extra flights to Dunedin and Auckland for Sheeran's performances in March and April, the airline's regional mark development manager, Jeremy O'Brien​ said.

An extra 7100 would be made available to carry people to the six stadium shows, O'Brien​ said. The extra flights were being put on between Christchurch and Wellington to Dunedin and Auckland.

March 24, March 25 and 26 – Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium.
March 29, 31 and April 1 – Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium.

 - Stuff


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