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Hear Newcastle welcome Ed Sheeran with an almighty roar
This weekend around 180,000 thousand music fans will head to St James’ Park as Ed Sheeran plays three consecutive dates at Newcastle United's stadium.
Ed Sheeran is performing at St James’ Park on Friday, June 8, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th as part of the Divide Tour and the stadium have given advice to fans on security, tickets, ID, bags, prohibited items, searches, food and drink and much more.
Newcastle City Council has also announced a number of road closures throughout the weekend, designed to make it safer for fans going to and leaving the shows.
We will have all the details of the security and travel arrangements to help you plan your day, as well as some previews of the songs he will play and who is supporting the ginger megastar.
Follow our live updates below:

It's nearly time to say goodbye to Ed...

This weekend, international super star Ed Sheeran has not only filled seats in St James’ Park, but brought buzzing crowds to the streets of Newcastle - and caused plenty of excitement on Chronicle Live.
He’s almost gone, but here’s our review of the first night, and some of our coverage to help you re-live the magic:

Update on Kingston Park crash

Northumbria Police say the accident I mentioned earlier has now cleared.

Breakdown affecting traffic

One lane is blocked due to broken down vehicle on the A1 Western Bypass Eastbound between A696 / A167 Ponteland Road / B6918 Ponteland Road (Kenton Bar Roundabout) and A1 / B1318 Great North Road / A1056 / Great Parkway ( Gosforth Park / Great North Road Junction).
Traffic is coping well. Lane one (of two) is blocked.

Two-car A1 crash

One to be aware of when the show comes to an end: there appears to be a two-vehicle accident on the A1 Western Bypass North-bound, at Kingston Park Road.
This is causing slow traffic and police are on scene.
Things may well be cleared up by the time tonight’s concert ends, but if you’re driving home this way, it’s one to be aware of.

It's started

Right on time, it seems the ginger star has hit the stage.
I can hear strains of ‘Castle on the Hill’ from my desk in Chronicle Towers.
I hope everyone who is there enjoys the show.

Spectator taken ill during show

Sadly, it sounds like someone in the audience has been taken ill during the performance.
According to another spectator, a dozen or so stewards were spotted treating someone before they were stretchered away - support act Anne Marie asked people to make room.
We hope they’re alright, and will keep you informed if we hear anything more.

Restaurants enjoying boom in business

Nipping out for my tea earlier I noticed town was absolutely packed - and places like Ask, in Eldon Square, said tonight’s show was the reason they were fully booked.

Not long to go

Anne-Marie should just be hitting the stage - her support act was set to start at 7.30.
The man himself should be appearing around 8.45.

Metro staff on hand to help

New to the city? Need directions? Metro staff say they’re available to point you in the right direction.

City filed with Sheeran covers

Tonight’s performance seems to be inspiring Newcastle’s buskers.
I’m getting a version of ‘Castle on the Hill’ pretty clearly through the windows at Chronicle towers, and there were a fair few dotted about when I was out on Friday night.
Anyone else hearing some wanna-be Eds out there? Are they any good?

Newcastle is 'buzzing'

People are loving the atmosphere in the Toon tonight, as thousands are out and about ahead of the third and final show.

Still time to grab a T-shirt

Our reporter Simon Duke has kept an eye out for Ed Sheeran T-shirts going for a song in Newcastle - here’s what he’s found.
There’s probably still time to nip to a store, if you wanted to be dressed to impress tonight!

Incredible rainbow over last night's show

We reported earlier on this unusual circumzenithal arc (upside down rainbow, to you and me) spotted over Newcastle.
And it looks like some Ed Sheeran fans saw it over St James’ Park last night.
With one witness describing it as “like a smile in the sky”, it seems it was a good omen for the show.

Sample the atmosphere as excitement builds

I was out at St James’ Park on Friday night and the atmosphere was absolutely electric.
I chatted to a few fans and it’s safe to say they were pretty excited about the gig. I’m sure there will be much of the same out there tonight.

This is how excited fans were to see Ed Sheeran

Sun's out in time for Ed

To contradict our earlier post, it seems my colleague Simon, who shared predictions of sunshine for concert-goers, has been vindicated.
That said, the weather has been spectacularly changeable today, so if you haven’t set off for the gig yet, it’s probably still worth packing a raincoat, as well as some sunglasses.

It's raining again!

The weather forecast was wrong - it’s raining again in Newcastle.
Plenty of brolly-carrying people heading towards the stadium at the moment.

Not long now...

An hour to go until the gates open for Ed Sheeran’s third and final night in Newcastle.




(Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

How the Ed Sheeran gigs will net NUFC a seven figure sum

The Ed Sheeran concerts at St James’ Park will help Newcastle United to bank a seven-figure sum and should kick-start commercial revenue growth at the club.




Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran (Image: Ben Birchall/PA Wire)
In a week when accountants Deloitte released a report which made it clear that a club’s commercial revenue is going to be key to growing a club over the period of the next TV deal, it was a timely illustration of some of the progress being made on that front.
Sheeran played to around 150,000 fans over three days in the culmination of hard-work behind-the-scenes at United to bring big-time gigs back to the city. With Rugby League’s Magic Weekend also at St James’ Park, there are signs that the club are starting to make the stadium work for non-football events which help bring in commercial revenue.
Although it’s not clear exactly how much it will benefit Newcastle’s football operations, it was estimated that similar gigs at the Stadium of Light pulled in around £3.5million every summer. Sunderland’s new owners have indicated that they are keen to bring concerts back to Wearside after a year with none.
Newcastle’s pitch will be ripped up next week and relaid as they seek to make sure the surface is as impressive as it was last year. They have invested in a high-tech surface which combines fibre and sand with grass to make sure that the pitch has no problems when the season starts. Advances in technology mean there is not the longer turnaround that made the concerts a problem for Sunderland, who could not play their first game at home and missed out on a Wearside close season friendly while they were hosting big events in the close season.

Places to eat and drink

While many will be from the North East and familiar with the Toon, some of the crowd will be coming from further afield and making a rarer visit to Tyneside.




Chaophraya, Grey's Quarter, intu Eldon Square
Chaophraya, Grey's Quarter, intu Eldon Square (Image: Secret Diner)
You may be coming with your kids and need somewhere to take them to eat, others might want to make the most of their time in one of Britain’s best party cities.
Take a look at nearby restaurants and bars.

Rain stopped

The rain seems to have passed, and there doesn’t look to be any more threatening clouds forecast between now and the gig:




(Image: netweather.tv)

It's raining in Newcastle

Those drops of rain I mentioned - there’s a lot more of them now.
It’s not torrential, but there are plenty of people in T-shirts and shorts looking a bit miffed.

Weather update

The weather seems to have taken a slight turn for the worse. It’s been a gloriously-sunny morning and early afternoon, but coulds have now taken over the sky and it’s noticeably darker, with the odd drop of rain.
Spare a thought for all those who give up their time to help others when there’s big events on:

Beatboxing Spider-Man get Ed Sheeran fans dancing

Ed Sheeran might have pulled the biggest crowd of Saturday night but that doesn’t mean he was the only star in town.




Beatboxing Spiderman puts on impromptu party in Newcastle
(Image: Reporter)
Well over 50,000 watched the singer at St James’ Park on the second night of his massive three-night run.
But shortly after the concert a recognisable face put on an impromptu after-party: the beatboxing Spider-Man.
Pitching up outside Greggs on Gallowgate in the city centre, the street performer pulled in a crowd looking for the evening’s next event.
Leading party-goers in chants of “oggy oggy oggy, oi oi oi”, what the masked musician lacked in subtlety compared to Sheeran he certainly made up for in energy.
As revealed by ChronicleLive, the man behind the mask is Piotr Hajduk, a factory worker in his late 20s originally from Poland.
Apparently he used to perform at clubs and concerts in his native country and when he moved to the North East decided to continue his hobby to earn a bit of extra cash.
Watch him entertain the crowds below:

Beatboxing Spider-Man leads the Ed Sheeran after-party

More weather details

The Met Office’s forecasts suggest it will be warm and dry at tonight’s Ed Sheeran gigs.




The temperature is set to be around 17C when doors open for the gigs, after a dry day in Newcastle where there is under 5% chance of rain.
From 6pm, the chance of rain rises to 10%, until 9pm when it drops back to under 5%. The temperature is set to fall to 14C by the time the gig ends. Light winds are forecast.
The rain held off on Friday and Saturday and forecasts suggest there will be no repeat of the downpour at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light when Beyonce performed two years ago.
Doors open at 6pm for the concerts, and they are set to end between 10.30pm and 11pm.

Extra trains tonight

A reminder that extra - and later - Metros will be running for fans to and from the Ed Sheeran gig at St James’ Park

What these gigs mean for the city

Ed Sheeran’s three gigs is a big deal for Newcastle and should be a big boost to the local economy.
Here’s what the shows means for the city.

What Ed Sheeran's St. James' Park show means for Newcastle

Sunday's weather forecast

It’s been a lovely warm start to the day, with the sun out and barely any clouds in the sky.
But will it stay like this, and will people going to the final Ed Sheeran gig be basking in sunshine or battling with brollies?
This is what you can expect...




Here’s the Met Office forecast for the whole North East:
“Mainly dry during the morning, with plenty of warm sunshine for most. Heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms are likely to develop into the afternoon.

“These showers are expected mainly over higher ground, but should be less intense than on Saturday.

“Showers will gradually die out during the evening. Becoming cloudier during the early hours, perhaps leading to a little rain in places, this more likely in the north.

“Maximum temperature 23 °C. Minimum temperature 11 °C.”

The best way to get to St James' Park?

What’s the best way to get to the Ed Sheeran concerts at St James’ Park in Newcastle?
Tyne and Wear Metro has frequent trains before and after the Ed Sheeran concert that will get you right to the stadium. There will be at least four or five trains an hour from everywhere on the Metro system.




Ed Sheeran fans can travel on the Metro this weekend
Ed Sheeran fans can travel on the Metro this weekend (Image: Handout)
Are there extra Metro services for the Ed Sheeran concerts?
Yes - extra trains will be provided before and after the three concerts as the crowds build up, to make sure you have an easy journey. Although it’s wise to leave plenty of time to travel because trains and stations will be busier than usual.
Will there be later Metro services after the concerts end?
Yes - Metro services will be extended for an extra hour after each concert ends to ensure everyone can make their way home after Ed Sheeran finishes his set.

The best of Ed Sheeran on ChronicleLive

That’s it from us this evening but we’ll be back tomorrow with more Ed Sheeran news as the singer plays his third and final gig.
Here’s some of what we’ve been up to today in case you missed it.
1. Security upped for second Ed Sheeran Newcastle gig after mum said she got in without a ticket
2. Ed Sheeran sold out St James’ Park in Newcastle and this is what it looked like from above
3. Four years since the last St James’ Park gig - Ed Sheeran made it worth the wait
Join us back here tomorrow at 9am for more updates throughout the day and evening.
Have a great night everyone.




Amazing aerial views of Ed Sheeran’s gig at St James’ Park
Amazing aerial views of Ed Sheeran’s gig at St James’ Park (Image: Mac Set Media)

Road closures

Planning on collecting somebody from the gig tonight?
Remember, there are road closures in place around the stadium for security reasons.
Here’s where to avoid if you’re taking the car.
  • Strawberry Place (between Barrack Road and St James’ Street) closed between 5pm and midnight.
  • Back St James Street closed between 4pm and midnight.
  • Strawberry Lane closed between 4pm and midnight.
  • Terrace Place (between St James’ Street and its western junction with Leazes Terrace) closed between 5pm and midnight.
  • Leazes Terrace closed between 4pm and midnight.
  • Strawberry Place (between St James’ Street and Leazes Park Road) closed between 4pm and midnight.
  • St James’ Street and Terrace Place (between St James’ Street and its eastern junction with Leazes Terrace) closed between 11pm and midnight.

Post-gig plans?

Looking for something to do after the concert?
We’ve got some ideas for you here.




The Gallowgate End at St James' Park, October 13, 2017
The Gallowgate End at St James' Park, October 13, 2017 (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

Possible setlist?

According to setlist.fm, this is what Ed played last night. It’s likely to be pretty similar this evening.
Castle on the Hill
Eraser
The A Team
Don’t / New Man
Dive
Bloodstream
Happier
I’m a Mess
Galway Girl
Feeling Good / I See Fire
Thinking Out Loud
One / Photograph
Perfect
Nancy Mulligan
Sing
Encore: Shape of You and You Need Me, I Don’t Need You

Drone footage of St James' Park

Miss this earlier? Here’s some amazing drone footage of last night’s gig.

Awesome drone view of St James' Park packed out for Ed Sheeran

St James' Park getting full

It’s nearly time for Ed to take to the stage and just about everyone is in position.

Nearly time...

Nowt small about that but we’re not judging.

What time will Ed Sheeran be on stage?

The main act is due to take to the stage at around 8.45pm.
You can get a full run down of stage times right here.




Ed Sheeran performing
Ed Sheeran performing (Image: PA Wire)

Mega fan

Now that’s commitment.

Happy birthday, Hannah

CC: Ed Sheeran.

Can you take a bag in?

Gig-goers are remind to travel light this evening.
You are permitted to bring one small bag or handbag, no larger than 30cm x 30cm. Anything larger will not be permitted.
Ticket holders are asked not to bring backpacks or any unnecessary bags.
And remember, there are no temporary storage facilities available at St James’ Park so there’ll be no where to store larger items.

Train security

Travelling to the gig by train tonight?

Leave plenty of time to travel

Metro trains are expected to be very busy this evening - leave plenty of time and follow the directions of Metro staff.
We will have live updates on travel until 10pm tonight.
Doors open tonight from 5pm.

Security upped for second Ed Sheeran Newcastle gig

Security bosses are reassuring Ed Sheeran fans that security is being stepped up after parents without tickets claimed they walked into St James’ Park to watch him sing his last song - and were not stopped by security.




Claire Anderson wandered through open gates to watch Sheeran belt out his final song and thank his fans
Claire Anderson wandered through open gates to watch Sheeran belt out his final song and thank his fans (Image: Handout)
Claire Anderson was waiting to pick up her 14-year-old daughter and 16-year-old friend when she says she and her husband wandered through open gates to watch Sheeran belt out his final song and thank his fans.
And the surprised pair took their own pictures to prove it.
Security bosses say they will put on extra staff.

Getting the Metro after the gig

Will city centre Metro stations be busy after the concert?
Undoubtedly, but staff will be on hand stations to manage queues and make sure everyone is looked after.
At Haymarket and Monument some entrances will be closed to make sure queues run smoothly and safely through a single route. Listen for station announcements and guidance from staff.

What you need to bring to get in

Fans are reminded that to gain admission to these shows they should bring all of the following:
  • Tickets (no e-tickets have been issued – you must have your physical Ed Sheeran tickets)
  • The booking confirmation
  • The credit card used for the purchase and shown on the booking confirmation (or a photo or photocopy of it)
  • A valid photo ID matching the customer name on the booking confirmation

What's the setlist for tonight? *spoilers*

If you want to prepare yourself for tonight’s concert, we have the UK stadium tour setlist below.
Castle on the Hill
Eraser
The A Team
Don’t / New Man
Dive
Bloodstream
Happier
I’m a Mess
Galway Girl
Feeling Good / I See Fire
Thinking Out Loud
One / Photograph
Perfect
Nancy Mulligan
Sing
Encore:
Shape of You
You Need Me, I Don’t Need You

All of the road closures around St James' Park

Ed Sheeran road closures are as follows (Saturday and Sunday evenings):
  • Strawberry Place (between Barrack Road and St James’ Street) closed between 4pm and midnight.
  • Back St James Street closed between 4pm and midnight.
  • Strawberry Lane closed between 4pm and midnight.
  • Terrace Place (between St James’ Street and its western junction with Leazes Terrace) closed between 4pm and midnight.
  • Leazes Terrace closed between 4pm and midnight.
  • Strawberry Place (between St James’ Street and Leazes Park Road) closed between 4pm and midnight.
  • St James’ Street and Terrace Place (between St James’ Street and its eastern junction with Leazes Terrace) closed between 11pm and midnight.

Amazing view of Ed Sheeran's gig from above

Take a look at these amazing aerial views of Ed Sheeran’s gig at St James’ Park .
The global superstar played the first of three gigs at the home of Newcastle United on Friday.
Graham McCann, 38, from Dunston, managed to get this brilliant footage for his video company Mac Set Media.
You can see the huge number of fans on the pitch and in the stands to watch Ed perform.

Awesome drone view of St James' Park packed out for Ed Sheeran
More than 50,000 were in the stadium, with similar numbers expected on Saturday and Sunday.

Ed's picture of huge crowd

What a view that is!
Ed has shared this photo of last night’s crowd inside St James’ Park on Instagram.
Can you see yourself?

When are the support acts on?

Ed will be supported at St James’ by Anne-Marie and Jamie Lawson.
Doors open 5pm and here are the timings you need:
Jamie Lawson - 6:30pm




(Image: Publicity Picture)
Anne-Marie - 7:30pm
Ed Sheeran - 8:45pm

Places to eat and drink close to St James' Park

Hundreds of thousands of music fans will pour into Newcastle city centre this week for Ed Sheeran’s three gigs.
While many will be from the North East and familiar with the Toon, some of the crowd will be coming from further afield and making a rarer visit to Tyneside.




Chaophraya, Grey's Quarter, intu Eldon Square
Chaophraya, Grey's Quarter, intu Eldon Square (Image: Secret Diner)
You may be coming with your kids and need somewhere to take them to eat, others might want to make the most of their time in one of Britain’s best party cities.
Get some ideas on where to eat and drink.

Travelling by Metro? Here's what you need to know

What’s the best way to get to the Ed Sheeran concerts at St James’ Parkin Newcastle?
Tyne and Wear Metro has frequent trains before and after the Ed Sheeran concert that will get you right to the stadium. There will be at least four or five trains an hour from everywhere on the Metro system.




Ed Sheeran fans can travel on the Metro this weekend
Ed Sheeran fans can travel on the Metro this weekend (Image: Handout)
Are there extra Metro services for the Ed Sheeran concerts?
Yes - extra trains will be provided before and after the three concerts as the crowds build up, to make sure you have an easy journey. Although it’s wise to leave plenty of time to travel because trains and stations will be busier than usual.
Will there be later Metro services after the concerts end?
Yes - Metro services will be extended for an extra hour after each concert ends to ensure everyone can make their way home after Ed Sheeran finishes his set.

Lookalike tricked fans yesterday

If you think you’ve met Ed Sheeran yesterday, prepare to be completely and utterly crushed.
You see, there’s a bloke who was being driven around Newcastle who is the chart-topper’s double.
The only - quite massive - difference is that it isn’t him.
Instead, it is a cruel but admittedly funny prank played on Geordies ahead of the St James’ Park gigs this weekend.
Metro Radio’s been driving a look-a-like around - and to be fair, a pretty good quality one - tricking people into thinking they’ve spotted the real deal.




Tweets show fans being duped into thinking they had spotted Ed Sheeran ahead of his Newcastle gig. It was a prank
Tweets show fans being duped into thinking they had spotted Ed Sheeran ahead of his Newcastle gig. It was a prank (Image: Twitter)

Charity collections outside stadium

Firefighters were out collecting for the Firefighters Charity outside the stadium grounds yesterday.
Donations were also being accepted for the West End Food Bank and fans were incredibly generous.

Full list of road closures in Newcastle

This weekend is set to be a bumper one in Newcastle.
There’s the Blaydon Race on Saturday - along with three Ed Sheeran gigs at St James’ Parkbetween Friday and Sunday.
The events are set to make the city centre extra busy.




Ahead of them, Newcastle City Council’s announced a number of road closures, with the gig closures designed to make it safer for fans going to and leaving the shows.
Here’s the full list of road closures.

What time does it start?

Doors open at 5pm and the concert will be finished by approximately 11pm, with Ed expected on stage around 8.45pm and the first support around 6.30pm. Box office opening times are 11am – 9pm.
St James Park ask that you allow yourself plenty of time to get in before the start of the show.

Ed Sheeran is worth the wait - review

People ask how a man can just stand on a huge stadium stage, with a guitar, no band behind him, and just sing and captivate a crowd.
Well Ed Sheeran can. And he leaves the crowd mesmerised.




Ed Sheeran at St James' Park
Ed Sheeran at St James' Park (Image: NCJ Media)
Night one of his St James’ Park trio of gigs and Ed had the crowd in the palm of his hand.
I’ve seen Ed in concert a few times and this was the most I have seen him interacting with the crowd. He seemed absolutely thrilled to be in Newcastle.
Read our full review of last night’s show.

Blaydon Race in Newcastle city centre

As well as the Ed Sheeran concert, the Blaydon Race (which takes place on June 9 each year) is due to go ahead.
This means the city centre of Newcastle is expected to be extremely busy this afternoon.




Thousands turn out for the 2017 Blaydon Race
Thousands turn out for the 2017 Blaydon Race (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)
The race starts off at Collingwood Street at 3pm with runners heading along Scotswood Road before crossing the Tyne.
Road closures will be in place from 2.15pm until around 4pm.

Are you in our fan video?

Did you go to the first gig at St James’ Park last night?
See if you’re in our fan video below and relive the great atmosphere among the crowd.

This is how excited fans were to see Ed Sheeran

Hear fans' roar as Ed Sheeran arrives on stage

Returning to Tyneside after two sell-out shows at the Metro Radio Arena last year, Ed Sheeran, famed for the likes of Shape of You and Galway Girl, is set to wow North East crowds across the weekend.
Inside the stadium on Friday, the atmosphere was electric - and if you weren’t able to get tickets, here’s a taster of what you missed out on.

Hear Newcastle welcome Ed Sheeran with an almighty roar
We’ve captured the roar of football fans in St James’ Park from the same spot in the past, but it seems these music lovers can rival the Toon Army with their united voice.

Forecast for tonight's gig

The first of three shows went ahead last night, with fans heading into Newcastle today and tomorrow for more of Ed Sheeran.
If you’re coming along tonight, here’s how the forecast is looking.
The Met Office expects a mixture of overcast and cloudy skies. However, there is less than a 5% chance of rain during the gig. Forecasters say it should be 14C when the gig starts, dropping to 12C later on. Very light winds are forecast.

Handy information if you're off to Ed Sheeran this weekend

We’ll be back tomorrow with more Ed Sheeran updates and tips on travel.
Here’s some handy information if you’re looking forward to going to one of the gigs this weekend.
  1. All the road closures in Newcastle due to Ed Sheeran gigs and Blaydon Races
  2. Hear Newcastle welcome Ed Sheeran with an almighty roar during St James’ Park gig
  3. Security for Ed Sheeran at St James Park - all you need to know
  4. Ed Sheeran’s support acts for his stadium tour including three shows in Newcastle
  5. Places to eat and drink close to Ed Sheeran’s St James’ Park gigs

Charities benefiting from generous fans

The buoyant mood outside the ground was good news for some good causes.
Warren Metcalfe, from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, was collecting donations on behalf of the Firefighters Charity, and said music-lovers had been digging deep to donate.
He said: “The atmosphere and the generosity of the people of Newcastle and the surrounding area has been fantastic, thanks to all the Ed Sheeran fans - we’re hoping we’ll get a selfie with him too.”

Families enjoy friendly atmosphere

Hannah Avery, 26, originally from Wales and now living in Newcastle, said she had seen the singer live before and “loved it”. She said Sheeran’s down-to-earth character helped create a lively atmosphere at his shows.
“Everyone’s just here for a good time”, she said. “He’s just normal, he’s a normal guy who wants everyone to appreciate his music.”
The show attracted fans of all ages.
Seven-year-old Elijah Marsden, who had travelled from Hull with his dad, couldn’t wait for it to start. Asked what his favourite Ed Sheeran song was, he said he liked them all so much that he “couldn’t choose”.

Teens from Middlesbrough 'almost cried'

Amy Ellis and Samantha Eden, 15 and 14, from Middlesbrough said they “almost cried” with delight when they got tickets.




Fans get ready for Ed Sheeran
Fans get ready for Ed Sheeran
Amy said: “I’ve been a fan for ages, so long - I went to go and see him last year so I came again this year. I’m hoping he will play ‘New Man’.”

Extra help online if you're catching the Metro

Passengers can also follow the Metro social media accounts tonight to get the latest updates on travel.
Metros will run for an extra hour tonight and over the weekend.

Advice for Metro passengers

The Metro will run extra services over the weekend to get passengers to St James’ Park and home.
Metro Services Director, Chris Carson, said:
It is fantastic that Newcastle will be welcoming Ed Sheeran this week to play three dates at St James’ Park and we are proud to play a part in such a big event.
I would advise concert goers to leave plenty of time for their journey as trains will be very busy and to purchase a Day Ticket, which is valid for the whole day, to avoid queuing at ticket machines after the concerts.
We will have lots of staff on hand at stations in the city centre who will be able to provide advice and assistance to ensure fans get home as quickly and safely as possible. I hope the extra and extended Metro services will help make life easier for our passengers and allow them to make the most of their experience seeing Ed Sheeran.

Hear crowd roar as Ed arrives on stage

This is the moment St James’ Park explodes into a wall of sound as Ed Sheeran hits the stage.
Over three days, 180,000 people will descend on Newcastle to hear the chart-topping singer play.
But it’s not just Ed who can make an incredible noise - his fans sound pretty stunning too.
As the sun set over the stadium, he opened with a crowd-pleasing rendition of ‘Castle on the Hill’. And as the last few bars died away, the roar from his fans was earsplitting even from a distance, as this video, shot from on top of the Eldon Gardens car park, shows.
The sound of the crowd echoed throughout the city centre, and the feel-good atmosphere of thousands of people preparing to see their hero filled the city on Friday afternoon.

Hear Newcastle welcome Ed Sheeran with an almighty roar

Ed Sheeran kicks off the show

Ed Sheeran has now taken to the stage and performed Castle on the Hill to huge cheers.
The show has got off to a great start.

Hen party gets into the spirit

This hen party has gone all out for the Ed Sheeran gig.




Fans on their way to St James park to watch Ed Sheeran play his first concert
Fans on their way to St James park to watch Ed Sheeran play his first concert (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)
Sporting ginger wigs, they also have inflatable microphones, guitars as well as glasses and checked shirts.
Let’s hope Ed spots them.

Ed Sheeran due on stage

Ed Sheeran should be appearing on stage at St James’ Park any minute now.




Ed Sheeran pictured at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow
Ed Sheeran pictured at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow (Image: ROB CABLE)
We are aiming to capture the big moment that he walks out on video.

Could this be tonight's set list?

Although it may change, here’s the set list based on the opening shows:
  • Castle on the Hill
  • Eraser
  • The A Team
  • Don’t / New Man
  • Dive
  • Bloodstream
  • Happier
  • I’m a Mess
  • Galway Girl
  • Feeling Good / I See Fire
  • Thinking Out Loud
  • One / Photograph
  • Perfect
  • Nancy Mulligan
  • Sing
  • Encore:
  • Shape of You
  • You Need Me, I Don’t Need You

Changes on Metro tonight

There will be some changes on Metro stations tonight to cope with high numbers of passengers tonight.
Some station entrances will be closed and workers will be on hand to guide people to the right platform.




Information on Metro travel after the Ed Sheeran gigs
Information on Metro travel after the Ed Sheeran gigs (Image: Nexus)

Shows should end before 11pm

If you need to make travel arrangements to get home, the shows are expected to end between 10.30 and 11pm.

Excited fans grin before show

Our photographer Simon has been out and about snapping pictures of excited fans ahead of the gig.




Fans on their way to St James park to watch Ed Sheeran play his first concert
Fans on their way to St James park to watch Ed Sheeran play his first concert (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)
These ladies are all dressed up in official shirts too.




Fans on their way to St James park to watch Ed Sheeran play his first concert
Fans on their way to St James park to watch Ed Sheeran play his first concert (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)
We hope you all have a fantastic night!




Fans on their way to St James park to watch Ed Sheeran play his first concert
Fans on their way to St James park to watch Ed Sheeran play his first concert (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

Shirts on sale in HMV

If you’re one of an estimated 180,000 people who have tickets for Ed Sheeran at St James’ Park you’ll no doubt be very excited about the ginger singer/songwriter’s arrival in Newcastle.
The man responsible for huge hits like Shape of You, The A Team and Castle on the Hill is playing NUFC’s famous ground on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights with barely a ticket left for any of the three gigs.




Ed Sheeran t-shirts on sale at HMV
Ed Sheeran t-shirts on sale at HMV
And it’s not just ticket holders who are getting in the mood for Ed’s shows. A city centre shop has just stocked a load of t-shirts inspired by the man himself.
The best part is that, unlike a lot of music merchandise these days, they don’t cost a fortune either.
The blue and white Ed Sheeran t-shirts on sale at HMV in Eldon Square for just £12.99.

Fans' reaction to Ed Sheeran gigs

Amy and Samantha (the two at the front) are among the many fans who tell me that when they heard Ed was coming to Newcastle they “almost cried”.




Fans get ready for Ed Sheeran
Fans get ready for Ed Sheeran

Looking forward to 'Galway Girl'

Our reporter Hannah has been speaking to some excited fans before they head into the stadium.
Becky Morley and Darren Little, from Newcastle, almost missed out on tickets, but were thrilled when they got hold of some.
They can’t wait to hear ‘Galway Girl’.




Becky Morley and Darren Little at the Ed Sheeran concert
Becky Morley and Darren Little at the Ed Sheeran concert

Ready for Ed Sheeran?

It’s not too long to wait now until Ed Sheeran starts the first of his three-night gigs.
We are hoping to capture the moment the singer appears on stage just after 8.30pm.

What gigs mean for Newcastle

Ed Sheeran’s three gigs is a big deal for Newcastle and should be a big boost to the local economy.
Here’s what the shows means for the city.

What Ed Sheeran's St. James' Park show means for Newcastle

Fans with 'tout' tickets to get help

Ed Sheeran fans with ‘tout’ tickets for his Newcastle shows may still be able to watch the gig, say promoters.
Fans with secondary market tickets, bought from sites like Viagogo, have previously been warned they won’t be allowed entry.
Promoters imposed strict terms on tickets for the St James’ gig in a bid to beat the touts.
This weekend checks will be in place to make sure fans who only bought face value tickets to the show get into the gigs.
“Ed and his promoters want everyone to be able to get into the show this weekend at face value and have a great time,” said a spokesperson for promoters Kilimanjaro Live.




Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran (Image: Ben Birchall/PA Wire)
“We would ask fans who were ripped off online to come forward to our ticket checkers as early as possible and seek help.
“We will be able to advise them on how to get refunded for their invalid tickets whilst also selling them a face value ticket to the show.”

Delays reported on Central Motorway

A crash on the Central Motorway near to the Swan House Roundabout is causing some delays heading south.
Police are on the scene helping to clear the collision as quickly as possible.

How the Metro's timetable will change for Ed Sheeran's gigs

If you’ve been thinking out loud about how to get to the Ed Sheeran concert, the Metro could be perfect for you.




Ed Sheeran fans can travel on the Metro this weekend
Ed Sheeran fans can travel on the Metro this weekend (Image: Handout)
Extra Metro trains have been scheduled before the St James’ Park gigs this weekend, with services also running an hour later than usual.
The additional trains will run before and after the shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Here’s all you need to know about the extra Metro trains.

Fans taking selfies of 'Ed Sheeran' in Newcastle duped

If you think you’ve met Ed Sheeran this afternoon , prepare to be completely and utterly crushed.
You see, there’s a bloke being driven around Newcastle who is the chart-topper’s double.
The only - quite massive - difference is that it isn’t him.




Tweets show fans being duped into thinking they had spotted Ed Sheeran ahead of his Newcastle gig. It was a prank
Tweets show fans being duped into thinking they had spotted Ed Sheeran ahead of his Newcastle gig. It was a prank (Image: Twitter)
Instead, it is a cruel but admittedly funny prank played on Geordies ahead of the St James’ Park gigs this weekend.
Metro Radio’s been driving a look-a-like around - and to be fair, a pretty good quality one - tricking people into thinking they’ve spotted the real deal.
One tweeted a picture from a bus, saying: “Just casually passing @edsheeran in #Newcastle”.




Tweets show fans being duped into thinking they had spotted Ed Sheeran ahead of his Newcastle gig. It was a prank
Tweets show fans being duped into thinking they had spotted Ed Sheeran ahead of his Newcastle gig. It was a prank (Image: Twitter)
But if you were duped, the good news is the real deal is in town - and well over 100,000 people will see him over the weekend.

Should stay dry tonight

Although the forecasters expect an overcast day, the chance of rain is relatively low, at less than 5% during the show and 10% in the early afternoon.
Expect temperatures of around 13C, dropping to 11C when the gig ends, with light winds during the show.

First fans head into stadium

Fans are already making their way into the stadium to get the best views.
The first support act starts at 6.30pm with Ed making his way to the stage at 8.45pm.

Delays on buses and Metros

The Metro is very busy with passengers heading into the city centre to get to the first night of Ed’s gigs.
Buses are also being delayed leaving Eldon Square with up to 30 minute delays reported.

Where to get official merchandise

There will be multiple official merchandise areas once you arrive at the stadium, offering the latest items associated with Ed Sheeran and support acts.




The stadium ask that you do not buy from unofficial sellers. Ed Sheeran’s online store can be found at store.edsheeran.com

Banned items from stadium

The following items cannot be brought into the stadium
  • Alcohol (on sale inside)
  • Food (on sale inside)
  • Pyrotechnics
  • Pointed or bladed articles

Officially the most played artist

Ed Sheeran was the most played artist on UK radio, TV and in public in 2017 - and also had the most played track with Shape of You, it has been announced.
Sheeran dominated music licensing company PPL’s annual chart, which tallies up each play an artist receives from broadcasters and in public places.
As well as topping both of the end of year lists, Sheeran’s song Castle on the Hill was his second entry in the top three most played tracks of the year.
The Suffolk-raised musician finished ahead of Little Mix, Coldplay and Calvin Harris to take the crown of most played artist.

Proposals at Glasgow gigs

Could we see a repeat of these romantic proposals at tonight’s gig?
Two couples became engaged at Ed’s concert in Glasgow - that would be a night out to remember!

Two marriage proposals at Ed Sheeran's concert in Glasgow

Foodbank collections outside stadium

The NUFC Fans’ Foodbank will be collecting outside the stadium tonight hoping to get some support from generous fans.
They help to support the Newcastle West End Foodbank.

When will Ed be on stage?

Doors open 5pm and here are the timings you need:
Jamie Lawson - 6:30pm
Anne-Marie - 7:30pm
Ed Sheeran - 8:45pm

Second support act is...

Jamie Lawson
Last month Ivor Novello award-winning singer/songwriter Jamie Lawson, famous for his single I Wasn’t Expecting That, tweeted “Very excited to be opening up for what is bound to be an incredible tour and possibly THE BEST NIGHT OF YOUR LIFE! @AnneMarie, the boss himself, Mr @EdSheeran, and me! Can’t frickin’ wait!”




(Image: Handout)

Who is supporting Ed Sheeran?

Earlier this year it was revealed that former Brit Award Critics Choice winner Anne-Marie who be joining Ed on the road.




(Image: Publicity Picture)
As well as appearing on massive 2016 Christmas number 1 Rockabye with Clean Bandit, Anne-Marie has tasted plenty of chart success in her own right with the likes of Alarm, Ciao Adios and, most recently 2002.

Places to eat and drink near St James' Park

While many will be from the North East and familiar with the Toon, some of the crowd will be coming from further afield and making a rarer visit to Tyneside.




Chaophraya, Grey's Quarter, intu Eldon Square
Chaophraya, Grey's Quarter, intu Eldon Square (Image: Secret Diner)
You may be coming with your kids and need somewhere to take them to eat, others might want to make the most of their time in one of Britain’s best party cities.
Take a look at nearby restaurants and bars.

Strict rules on bags

You are permitted to bring one small bag or handbag, no larger than 30cm x 30cm. Anything larger will not be permitted.
Please do not bring backpacks or any unnecessary bags.
There are no temporary storage facilities available at St James’ Park and ticket holders are reminded that they must find suitable and safe storage for any prohibited items. Please do not leave bags unattended in any circumstances.




(Image: Newcastle Chronicle)
Bags left in unauthorised surrounding areas will be disposed of immediately by the police and could cause significant disruptions to access to and from the stadium.

What you need to get into gig

Fans are reminded that to gain admission to these shows they should bring all of the following:
  • Tickets (no e-tickets have been issued – you must have your physical Ed Sheeran tickets)
  • The booking confirmation
  • The credit card used for the purchase and shown on the booking confirmation (or a photo or photocopy of it)
  • A valid photo ID matching the customer name on the booking confirmation

Forecast for tonight's gig

If you’re going along to the first gig, the weather should stay dry but might be chilly.
Tonight will be a dry, and largely fine evening, with some sunny spells.
It will then stay dry overnight with light winds, and further clear spells. However cloud will tend to gradually spread inland from the North Sea.
Minimum temperature 7C.

Ed Sheeran lookalike spotted

He is due in the Toon this evening but has Ed Sheeran really be spotted around the city this afternoon?
Well, sadly not. Metro Radio have deployed a convincing Ed Sheeran lookalike to see how many people they can trick into thinking they have bumped into the singer.

Will Ed sing 'Newcastle on the Hill'?

Ed will play the first of three massive gigs in Newcastle on Friday.
But will he add a Geordie twist to one of his best-loved songs ‘Castle on the Hill’?
Ed brings his Divide Tour to the home of Newcastle United on the back of the multi-million sales of his album of the same name.
Heart North East breakfast show hosts Justin Lockwood and Kelly Scott have shared their interview with the singer-songwriter.
Kelly asks: “You sung Galway Girl in Galway and then Barcelona in Barcelona. Tonight will you be doing Newcastle on the Hill?”
He’s what he had to say.

Will Ed Sheeran sing 'Newcastle on the Hill' tonight?

Road closures from 4pm

Roads will be closed from around 4pm each day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Here’s a list of the closures:
  • Strawberry Place (between Barrack Road and St James’ Street)4pm-midnight
  • Back St James Street 4pm - midnight
  • Strawberry Lane 4pm - midnight
  • Terrace Place (between St James’ Street and its western junction with Leazes Terrace) 4pm- midnight
  • Leazes Terrace 4pm - midnight
  • Strawberry Place (between St James’ Street and Leazes Park Road) 11pm - midnight
  • St James’ Street and Terrace Place (between St James’ Street and its eastern junction with Leazes Terrace) 11pm - midnight

Excited fans outside Newcastle stadium

Here some of the fans speak about their excitement as they wait outside the stadium for the first night of Ed Sheeran’s Newcastle gigs.

Ed Sheeran fans are excited ahead of St James' Park gig

Fans already queuing

Plenty of fans are already lining up outside St James’ Park ahead of tonight’s gig (when the doors will open at 6pm...)




(Image: Newcastle Chronicle)
(Image: Newcastle Chronicle)
(Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

Who are the support acts?

Anne Marie

Earlier this year it was revealed that former Brit Award Critics Choice winner Anne-Marie who be joining Ed on the road.
As well as appearing on massive 2016 Christmas number 1 Rockabye with Clean Bandit, Anne-Marie has tasted plenty of chart success in her own right with the likes of Alarm, Ciao Adios and, most recently 2002.




(Image: Publicity Picture)
Jamie Lawson

Last month Ivor Novello award-winning singer/songwriter Jamie Lawson, famous for his single I Wasn’t Expecting That, tweeted “Very excited to be opening up for what is bound to be an incredible tour and possibly THE BEST NIGHT OF YOUR LIFE! @AnneMarie, the boss himself, Mr @EdSheeran, and me! Can’t frickin’ wait!”




(Image: Handout)

What is Ed Sheeran’s setlist?

Although it may change, here’s the set list based on the opening shows:
  • Castle on the Hill
  • Eraser
  • The A Team
  • Don’t / New Man
  • Dive
  • Bloodstream
  • Happier
  • I’m a Mess
  • Galway Girl
  • Feeling Good / I See Fire
  • Thinking Out Loud
  • One / Photograph
  • Perfect
  • Nancy Mulligan
  • Sing
  • Encore:
  • Shape of You
  • You Need Me, I Don’t Need You

What does the foodbank need?

You can donate any non-perishable food, like dry pasta or rice. However, the West End Foodbank has reported shortages of the following items:
  • Jarred pasta sauces
  • Jam
  • Tinned vegetables, beans and pulses
  • Canned fish
  • You can also donate cash in person, or via SMS by texting NCLF00 & a £ amount to 70070

Help our local foodbank!

This weekend around 180,000 thousand people will head to St James’ Park as Ed Sheeran plays three consecutive dates at Newcastle United’s stadium.

Shocking stats show the rise in foodbank use in the North East
As well as the usual merchandise sellers, food stalls and busy bars found outside big concerts, you will find a tent which helps provide a vital lifeline to thousands of people in Newcastle - the NUFC Fans’ Foodbank.
Founded last year by Newcastle United supporters, its volunteers collect on behalf of West End Foodbank, which feeds more than 1,000 people each week and is Britain’s busiest foodbank. In 18 months, the team has gathered more than £150,000 of cash and food.
During the football season, the foodbank runs a stall outside St James’ Park, where supporters drop off food or cash on match days. With the football season over, the foodbank has looked to find new ways to keep supplies coming in so stocks do not run low.
On Saturday, the foodbank took donations at The Farm’s O2 Academy gig. NUFC Fans’ foodbank co-founder Bill Corcoran said music fans have proved “very generous” and he is sure Ed Sheeran’s crowd will do too.
Ed Sheeran’s concerts could be one of the foodbank’s most successful collections. The total attendance is equal to more than three Newcastle United home match crowds. Donations from Ed Sheeran’s fans could help thousands of families across the North East through the summer, a time when children from cash strapped families will not be benefit from a free school meal every week day.
The NUFC Fans’ Foodbank tent will be open in Strawberry Place, outside St James’ Park’s Gallowgate End/Nine Bar, from 5.30pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Doors open at 6pm for the concerts.

Road closures for Ed Sheeran gig

Ahead of the gigs, Newcastle City Council have also announced a number of road closures, designed to make it safer for fans going to and leaving the shows.
Here is the full list:
  • Strawberry Place (between Barrack Road and St James’ Street) closed between 4pm and midnight.
  • Back St James Street closed between 4pm and midnight.
  • Strawberry Lane closed between 4pm and midnight.
  • Terrace Place (between St James’ Street and its western junction with Leazes Terrace) closed between 4pm and midnight.
  • Leazes Terrace closed between 4pm and midnight.
  • Strawberry Place (between St James’ Street and Leazes Park Road) closed between 11pm and midnight.
  • St James’ Street and Terrace Place (between St James’ Street and its eastern junction with Leazes Terrace) closed between 11pm and midnight.
  • Blaydon Races closures (approximate)
  • Grey Street (between High Bridge and Mosley Street) closed between 1pm and 4pm.
  • High Bridge (between Grey Street and Bigg Market) closed between 1pm and 4pm.
  • Cloth Market (between High Bridge and Mosley Street) closed between 2.45pm and 4pm.
  • Bigg Market (for its entire length) closed between 2.45pm and 4pm.
  • Groat Market (for its entire length) closed between 2.45pm and 4pm.
  • Mosley Street (between Dean Street and Collingwood Street) closed between 2.15pm and 4pm.
  • Collingwood Street (between Westgate Road and Mosley Street) closed between 2.15pm and 4pm.
  • Westgate Road (between Collingwood Street and Clayton Street) closed between 2.15pm and 4pm.
  • Clayton Street West (between Westgate Road and Neville Street) closed between 2.15pm and 4pm.
  • Westmorland Road (between Marlborough Crescent and Clayton Street West) closed between 2.15pm and 4pm.
  • Marlborough Crescent (for its entire length) closed between 2.15pm and 4pm.
  • Railway Street (between Marlborough Crescent and Plummer Street) closed between 2.15pm and 4.30pm.
  • Plummer Street (for its entire length) closed between 2.15pm and 4.30pm.
  • Scotswood Road (between New Redheugh Bridge and the Scotswood Bridge) closed between 2.20pm and 4.30pm.
  • Scotswood Bridge closed between 2.20pm and 4.30pm.

What is the weekend weather forecast?

Ed Sheeran will play to 180,000 fans across three dates in a series of summer concerts at St James’ Park this week.

The Weather Channel UK weather forecast - June 7
The chart-topper and multiple Grammy winner has sold out his open air shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Newcastle United’s pitch will be jam packed for the gigs, with many fans out in the elements instead of inside the stadium’s stands. So will the weather be perfect , or will conditions make it rain across the weekend?
Early forecasts suggest gig goers may not need to bring or buy ponchos or rain jackets - as thousands had to when Beyonce performed at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light two years ago.
The Met Office’s early forecasts suggest it will be mostly dry at Ed Sheeran ’s Newcastle gigs:
Friday
Although the forecasters expect an overcast day, the chance of rain is relatively low, at 10% throughout the day and night.
Expect temperatures of around 13C, dropping to 12C when the gig ends, with light winds during the show.
Saturday
The Met Office expects a mixture of overcast and cloudy skies. However, there is less than a 5% chance of rain during the gig. Forecasters say it should be 14C when the gig starts, dropping to 11C later on. Very light winds are forecast.
Sunday
By the time St James’ Park’s turnstiles open, it should be a sunny day with temperatures of 16C, dropping to 12C when the gig ends, with light winds throughout.
These forecasts are subject to change as the gig approaches.

Can I buy food and drink at the stadium?

St James offers a wide range of hot and cold snacks and beverages at concourse kiosks throughout the stadium.
They accept contactless payments throughout the ground, as well as traditional notes and coins.
Alcohol can be purchased from designated kiosks and consumed in concourse areas.

The things banned from the stadium

Which items are prohibited?
  • The following items may not be brought into the stadium
  • Alcohol (on sale inside)
  • Food (on sale inside)
  • Pyrotechnics
  • Pointed or bladed articles

Can I bring a bag to the stadium?

Fans are permitted to bring one small bag or handbag, no larger than 30cm x 30cm. Anything larger - including backpacks will not be allowed.
There are no temporary storage facilities available at St James’ Park and ticket holders must find suitable and safe storage for any prohibited itemsand not leave bags unattended in any circumstances.
Bags left in unauthorised surrounding areas will be disposed of immediately by the police and could cause significant disruptions to access to and from the stadium.

Security details

Ed Sheeran is performing at St James’ Park on Friday, June 8, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th as part of the Divide Tour and the stadium - home to Newcastle United , of course- have given the following advice to fans on security, tickets, ID, bags, prohibited items, searches, food and drink and much more.




Ed Sheeran pictured at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow
(Image: ROB CABLE)
What are the conditions of entry?
  • Fans are reminded that to gain admission to these shows they should bring all of the following:
  • Tickets (no e-tickets have been issued – you must have your physical Ed Sheeran tickets)
  • The booking confirmation
  • The credit card used for the purchase and shown on the booking confirmation (or a photo or photocopy of it)
  • A valid photo ID matching the customer name on the booking confirmation
Checks on ticket holders will be taking place and when requested you will need to be able to show the above documentation in order to gain entry. Also read the front and back of your ticket for all information on where you enter, general ‘Dos and Don’ts’ and important security and safety measures.

Ed Sheeran in Newcastle

Hello and welcome to our live coverage as we build up towards the first of three Ed Sheeran gigs at St James’ Park.
We will have updates on all the traffic and travel, as well as plenty of coverage of the concerts themselves.

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