The United Kingdom’s breakout folk singer and songwriter, Ed Sheeran has announced that he will be returning to the United States for a tour early next year. It will be Sheeran’s largest headlining tour to date, with stops at major venues across the country.
The 18-stop tour throughout January and February kicks off on January 18 at the House of Blues in Houston. There will be 16 stops along the way before the closing of the tour at the Rialto Theatre in Tucson on February 14. Noteworthy venues along the way include Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on January 22, Radio City Music Hall in New York City on January 30, and the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on February 9.
Fans can expect to hear a mix of traditional acoustic and folk music with a hip-hop styled twist. Sheeran has established himself as a talented live performer, leaving his 2013 tour highly anticipated.
After conquering the charts in his home country with his debut album “+,” Sheeran is determined to make a name for himself. The 21-year old, learned to play guitar at a young age, and quickly began writing songs. In 2008, he moved to London to pursue a musical career, and worked to gain attention from the public.
According to BBC, his career took off in 2011; both of his hit singles “The A Team” and “Lego House” and his debut album “+” have hit quadruple platinum in the United Kingdom. Sheeran has collaborated with British boy band, One Direction on multiple occasions, and wrote one of the songs that will be featured on their upcoming album.
Currently, Sheeran is on the road with VH1’s You Oughta Know Tour. According to VH1.com, You Oughta Know is, “here to make sorting through all the noise easier. You’ll find out everything you need to know to start appreciating the latest batch of singer/songwriters, rockers and divas right here.” Artists who have become successful after touring with You Oughta Know in the past include: Adele, Leona Lewis, Regina Spektor, Mumford & Sons, and John Legend. All of the shows are entirely sold out, however tour organizers are still working to move the shows to larger venues where they are available.
Last year the popularity of One Direction led to a sold out 2012 Tour. The band released additional tickets, which sold out just as quickly and led to them planning a follow-up 2013 World Tour. It seems as if Sheeran may be following their lead; the announcement for his 2013 tour came soon after the You Oughta Know Tour sold out at every venue planned.
Tickets for Ed Sheeran’s 2013 U.S. tour go on sale September 28 at 10 a.m. Details about possible opening performances have not yet been announced.
You can also catch Sheeran on October 4 when he makes an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on to perform his recently popular hit single “The A Team.” The song has already had over 43 million views on his YouTube account, and seems to be rapidly climbing the charts in the U.S. This fall, he will be featured in a duet on Taylor Swift’s new album, “Red,” which is set to his stores on October 22.