He’s been smashing the Australian singles chart to pieces for the last month, but Ed Sheeran somehow managed to quietly slip into the country to play a secret gig at one of the market’s most iconic venues.
The English singer and songwriter delivered a surprise performance Sunday night for 80 lucky fans at Victoria’s Hanging Rock in the Macedon Ranges. If you didn’t score a ticket, there’s a good chance you didn’t know Sheeran was in town (his social media accounts don’t mention his current whereabouts).
Wet, stormy conditions didn’t put the singer of his game, as he reportedly delivered eight songs including performances of his comeback hits “Castle On The Hill” and “Shape of You.”
Sheeran’s Hanging Rock concert, one of two low-key shows on this trip, was organized by Frontier Touring and taped for Hit Network’s World Famous Rooftop.
TV and radio personalities Hamish and Andy roped Sheeran into a classic prank on his last visit to these shores, and they were on hand for Sunday night’s open-air show.
The Brit has a special connection with Australian audiences. His sophomore set X (Warner) spent six weeks at No. 1 in 2014 and finished the year as the market’s biggest selling album. And at the 2015 ARIA Awards, Sheeran’s album received the inaugural ARIA “Diamond” award in recognition of sales in excess of half a million.
In that same year, Sheeran became the first-ever artist to embark on a headline national arena tour completely solo (playing to 190,000 people along the way). He returned with his loop pedal and favorite guitars for a solo stadium tour later in 2015. Earlier this year he made history Down Under by becoming the first artist to have simultaneous debuts at No. 1 and No. 2 on the ARIA Singles Chart,