Ed Sheeran to play new album in full at London Royal Albert Hall gigs
The shows will take place on November 18-19, and see Sheeran performing with a live band and string section.
Fans who pre-order ‘Autumn Variations’ can access pre-sale tickets from now until 3pm BST on September 13, with another pre-sale then beginning at 9am local time on September 14.
General sale tickets will then go on sale at 9am on September 15. You can buy your tickets here.
🗣️ In his last UK performance this year, @edsheeran will perform his upcoming album ‘Autumn Variations’ in full across two nights in November, accompanied by a live band and string section: https://t.co/Ff460oQbxQ
Hall Priority Booking: 9am | 14 Sept
General Sale: 9am | 15 Sept pic.twitter.com/9Z0YmgORgx
— Royal Albert Hall (@RoyalAlbertHall) September 8, 2023
Discussing the new album in a press release, Sheeran said: “Last autumn, I found that my friends and I were going through so many life changes. After the heat of the summer, everything either calmed, settled, fell apart, came to a head or imploded.
“When I went through a difficult time at the start of last year, writing songs helped me understand my feelings and come to terms with what was going on, and when I learned about my friend’s different situations, I wrote songs, some from their perspectives, some from mine, to capture how they and I viewed the world at that time. There were highs of falling in love and new friendships among lows of heartbreak, depression, loneliness and confusion.”
He added: “My dad and brother told me about a composer called Elgar, who composed ‘Enigma Variations’, where each of the 14 compositions were about a different one of his friends. This is what inspired me to make this album. When I recorded ‘Subtract’ with Aaron Dessner, we clicked immediately. We wrote and recorded non-stop and this album was born out of that partnership. I feel he has captured the feeling of autumn so wonderfully in his sonics and I hope everyone loves it as much as I do.”
Sheeran is currently on the North American leg of his ‘+ – = ÷ x Tour’ (‘Mathematics’ tour)‘, and brought out Macklemore for a performance of ‘Can’t Hold Us’ at his Seattle show last month.