Ed Sheeran to Replace Justin Bieber at U.K. Fusion Festival
Sheeran announced the news on Twitter Thursday, "I know I said Wembley was my last UK show of this tour but my mate had a cancellation on his festival so I'm filling in last minute." The concert benefits the Prince's Trust youth charity.
Festival organizer, Mike Owen, told the BBC that Sheeran's setting up to fill in for Bieber's headlining set on the first night of the three-day festival nearly brought him to tears.
"I've been in this business a long time and it nearly brought me to tears," he said. "It was just a moment of sheer excitement... The most-streamed artist in the world last year and he's going to come and do Fusion in Birmingham."
Upon his cancelation, Bieber apologized to his U.K., fans and promised to make it up to them. He said, "I look forward to the opportunity to give my U.K. beliebers a great show in the future."
The festival organizer Owen said they had a lot of concerns over the past couple days but through a number of phone calls, "Sheeran himself kind of came forward out of a little group of conversations with people and said, 'I'll do it.'"
Owen added, "It was absolutely breathtaking for us. It was just astonishing. What a wonderful man."
I know I said Wembley was my last UK show of this tour but my mate had a cancellation on his festival so I'm filling in last minute— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) August 6, 2015
It's called Fusion fest, it's in Birmingham, and it's on the 28th of August, this is the last booked UK show of the X tour. No more after— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) August 6, 2015
Tickets are still available online, see you there x— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) August 6, 2015
Tickets are here, grab them quick http://t.co/3OxfL8w62O— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) August 6, 2015