Ed Sheeran can chalk up another record. The British singer and songwriter’s 2018 stadium tour Down Under has doubled in size from its original seven dates due to “overwhelming demand,” according to Michael Gudinski’s Frontier Touring Company, the producer of the trek.
Sheeran’s 14-date run is enough for joint ownership of the most stadium shows on a single Australian and New Zealand tour, a record he shares with AC/DC’s 2010 Black Ice tour (which shifted 750,000 tickets, two thirds of those selling in under three hours).
On Wednesday, FTC added dates for Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland and Dunedin, having earlier announced new shows in Auckland and Melbourne after the pre-sale allocations sold out in minutes. The extended run sees Sheeran pull away from Adele’s recent blockbuster tour, which took in eight stadium shows and shifted more than 600,000 tickets.
“I’m overwhelmed with the response. To match that record is very humbling,” comments Sheeeran in a statement. “I really can’t wait to get down there.”
Sheeran seemingly breaks Australian records for fun. His hit “Shape Of You” recently logged a 15th week at No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart, smashing the previous streak of 13 weeks set by Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” in 1995. Sheeran also became the first artist to have simultaneous debuts at No. 1 and No. 2 on the ARIA Singles Chart (with “Shape Of You” and “Castle on the Hill,” respectively).
And when Divide (Asylum/Warner) began its chart reign, 16 tracks from it charted simultaneously inside the top 40, a new record. Sheeran’s third album is triple-platinum certified and its currently at No. 1 for a ninth non-consecutive week.
Also, Sheeran became the artist to embark on a headline national arena tour completely solo (playing to 190,000 people along the way) when he visited these shores in 2015. He’ll work his way across Australasia in 2018 “completely unaccompanied, joined on stage by just a guitar and effect pedals,” according to reps. And who was the last artist to play stadiums in Australia without a backing band? Ed Sheeran, in late 2015.
Tickets for all shows will go on sale May 23. Check out the dates here.