Despite having just two albums to his name, Ed Sheeran has set his sights on eclipsing Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and Robbie Williams. Sheeran is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in pop musical present. Ed sold out three back to back shows at London’s 80,000 capacity Wembley stadium last month, the first solo artist ever to do so. Sheeran followed up that feat with two sold out nights at Dublin’s Croke Park again before 80,000 adoring fans.
Now it seems that Sheeran wants to conquer Knebworth. The grounds of Knebworth House in Hertfordshire have been used as a venue for rock concerts and festivals since 1974 but the venue took on legendary status in 1979 when Led Zeppelin played two massive shows. They were to be the last major gigs the band ever played as John Bonham died the following year. Official figures claimed that just over 100,000 people attended each of Led Zeppelins two shows but police figures claimed the true attendance was more than double that figure.
According to the Belfast Telegraph, Sheeran says he now wants to play at Knebworth and he has reportedly set his sights on selling more tickets than Robbie Williams, who sold an amazing 400,000 tickets when he played the venue over three night back in 2003.
According to the Independent, Sheeran told The Sun that “Knebworth is 125,000 [people] and Robbie has the record for doing three. So that’s the next thing.” Knebworth has also hosted major acts like Oasis and the Rolling Stones.
At present nothing seems like a step too far for Sheeran. Ed has just announced that he is to make his serious acting debut in a bloody medieval drama by his friend Kurt Sutter of Sons Of Anarchy fame. The show called The Bastard Executioner is due to air later this year and Sheeran has a recurring role.
There can be no doubt that Sheeran is reaching for the stars, but it seems that Ed is keeping his feet firmly on the ground. Sheeran told the Irish Independent that his life isn’t all Rock ‘N’ Roll. Rather than partying after his shows in Dublin Ed used his time to visit his Irish grandparents.
“Sheeran said, ‘I want to catch up with my gran and make cups of tea, not go out and have 15 jager bombs, but that’s not to say that won’t happen either.’
“I can’t handle more than one Guinness anymore. Anything more than one feels like a meal.”
Sheeran also claimed that Dublin is his favorite place to play. Ed said “I’m upset we can only do two Irish gigs. All my best concerts were in Dublin.”
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