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ED KEEPS IT REAL WITH.

Byline: JAMES WARD

2015 might be less than a month old, but already Ed Sheeran's slot at Whelan's tomorrow night is being talked up as one of the gigs of the year. It's not difficult to see why either.

The chart-topping songwriter has been sneezing out hits of late, while an intimate appearance at the Ruby Sessions in Dublin last year has already gone down in Irish gig folklore. Sheeran himself described it as one of his favourite gigs of the year. The 'Sing' hitmaker has a long affinity with Ireland, and audiences here have responded with a resounding welcome. Or claiming him as our own, whichever way you want to put it. It's little wonder the affable ginger sent the interwebs into meltdown in the ensuing scramble for tickets to the Whelan's concert.

Sheeran hand-picked the venue for his VH1 Storytellers show, as it was the setting for the moment that put him on the road to stardom.

He recently said: "It's amazing to come back to perform at a place that means so much to me personally. "I was only about

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 23, 2015
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