Ed Sheeran Is Taking a Break from Touring
The U.K. singer-songwriter revealed to the crowd at his last of four homecoming shows in Ipswitch, Suffolk, last night (August 27) that he won't be playing shows for at least the next year and a half.
"As you may or not know, I've been on the 'Divide Tour' for over two years now, and this is the last day of the whole thing," he said. "There is something very bittersweet about it. I love that you guys are here and we are ending it in Ipswich. This is my last gig for probably 18 months."
Sheeran explained he would be spending the next while at home with his wife Cherry Seaborn, whom he married last year.
In total, Sheeran's tour consisted of 260 shows and grossed more than $736.7 million USD (as of earlier this month). He was playing to an average of 34,541 people a night, adding up to 9 million concertgoers across the duration of the tour.
Honestly, sounds like the dude deserves a break.
Earlier this year, Sheeran followed up ÷ with an album of collaborations called No. 6 Collaborations Project.
9 million people, 893 days, 46 countries, 175 cities, 260 shows, 268 touring crew, 193265 miles travelled, 2 broken arms, 3 marriages, 4 babies. What a wild ride this Divide tour has been. The whole process of writing the album starting in 2015, then recording it in 2016, promoting it, setting out on the road to play it for all of you guys. It's so weird to put it to bed and move on. Thank you to everyone involved in this whole Divide process, all the people who helped make the album, all the people who helped promote the album, all the fans who listened and came to watch, this wouldn't be possible without you. Most of all I want to thank my fantastic touring team, who have given up their lives for 2 and a half years to help me achieve my dreams. Thank you for all of your hard work and constant friendship. The Divide tour - 2017 -2019. Officially the biggest tour of all time, so weird to say that, and we survived it !