Ed Sheeran at Croker: ‘Bloody hell that was mental’

Singer-songwriter plays to 160,000 over two nights in Dublin

Ed Sheeran performs in concert at Croke Park, Dublin, on Friday July 24th. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ed Sheeran performs in concert at Croke Park, Dublin, on Friday July 24th. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

 

“Bloody hell that was mental.” Ed Sheeran’s tweet following his Friday night show this weekend at Croke Park nicely summed up the singer-songwriter’s two-night residency.

Sheeran played two sell-out shows at the Dublin stadium over the weekend and was joined on stage by Kodaline on Friday and Saturday and by Glen Hansard on Saturday.

Some 160,000 saw him play over the two gigs and the Saturday attendees also got to see him perform wingman duties to Kodaline bassist Jason Boland, who (successfully) proposed to his girlfriend onstage.

Croke Park night #1 !

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He played the part well at Croker, donning an international rules Irish jersey and singing a couple of ballads with Hansard and Kodaline, including The Auld Triangle.

Any concerns that Sheeran’s one-man guitar and loop-pedal set up would be too small to fill the stadium were stamped out on Friday, after he left the first 80,000 swooning. Read Aoife Valentine’s Friday review here.

By Sunday morning, “Ed Sheeran” and #EdCrokePark were trending on Twitter in Dublin and predictably, the verdict was a good one.