From Saturday Night Live to a stadium near you: Ed Sheeran has announced his first-ever headlining arena tour of North America, to follow the June 23 release of his sophomore LP x. The tour starts August 22 in Seattle and wraps September 18 in Toronto, though more dates are to come.
Sheeran’s tour fulfills a goal that he recently disclosed when talking about x and three sold-out nights at Madison Square Garden, a feat for any solo singer-songwriter – “I want to headline a stadium,” as he told Billboard. (Previously, he held the opening slot for Taylor Swift‘s Red Tour.) Meanwhile, on April 12 on SNL, Sheeran previewed how x would sound live by performing lead single “Sing” and a new song called “Don’t.” Both songs show that he’s beefed up his acoustic folk-meets-hip-hop roots, the former being produced by Pharrell and the latter channeling one of Pharrell’s key influences, new jack swing pioneer Teddy Riley (Blackstreet, Bobby Brown, Michael Jackson‘s Dangerous).
Pre-sale tickets for Sheeran’s stops in Toronto, Boston and Chicago go on sale on April 22, while other dates are available starting April 25. See the full list of tour dates after the jump.
Ed Sheeran’s x North American tour dates:
August 22 — Seattle, WA @ Wamu Theater
August 23 — Vancouver, BC @ Ambleside Live
August 29 — Las Vegas, NV @ The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan
August 30 — Las Vegas, NV @ The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan
August 31 — Glendale, AZ @ Jobing.com Arena
September 2 — Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
September 4— Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center
September 8 — Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
September 9 — Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
September 11 — Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena
September 12 — Atlanta, GA @ The Arena at Gwinnett Center
September 13 — Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
September 15 — Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
September 16 — Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
September 18 — Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
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