Ed Sheeran Broke Several Records With His MCG Concerts
The numbers are in for Ed Sheeran’s two-night stand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia’s largest stadium.
And they’re suitably massive.
The “Shape of You” singer filled the MCG last Thursday (March 2) with 105,000 fans watching on, a new national record for a ticketed concert.
Then, on Friday (March 3), the British pop star set the record straight once more with 109,500 Sheerios filing through the gates.
Don’t expect that record to be broken anytime soon.
The 214,500 who witnessed Sheeran’s + – = ÷ X Tour (pronounced The Mathematics Tour) dates over those two nights at the G will also take some beating.
Sheeran sets records like the rest of us make visits to the beach during the summer — with monotonous regularity.
When he last played Australia, for his 14-date 2018 Divide swing, more than 1 million fans caught the action, a feat that finally removed Dire Straits’ 1986 Brothers In Arms trek — and its estimated 950,000 tickets sold — from the record books.
That Sheeran visit also set a new mark for the number of stadium shows on a single tour by a solo artist (14).
The superstar British singer has released five albums in Australia, all of them hitting No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart.
It’s a similar story in the U.K., where he’s a perfect five-from-five.
Don’t bet against his next album, Subtract, due out May 5, from missing the target.
Frontier Touring, a division of Mushroom Group, is producing Sheeran’s 12-date The Mathematics Tour of Australasia (an earlier date, pencilled in for Feb. 1 at Sky Stadium, Wellington, was cancelled), which continues tonight (March 7) at the Adelaide Oval and wraps up Sunday (March 12) at Perth’s Optus Stadium.
Tickets are available for both shows.