Ed Sheeran reveals why he snubbed the Noel Gallagher-curated Teenage Cancer Trust concerts
Singer says he pulled out of headline show because he was already booked to tour Australia
The singer-songwriter agreed to play a headline set at the Royal Albert shows, which this year have been curated by Noel Gallagher, before realising that it fell on the same week as his sold-out tour in Australia. "I actually told him I would do the gig whenever he wanted, but the week they were planned I was in Australia with gigs already booked and sold out," Sheeran tweeted. "Had it been any other time I would have made it happen but I found this out after I'd said yes. I think it would be worse saying no instantly without knowing, to be honest, and I said any other time he wants to do a show and I'm not on tour, I will 100 percent do it."
Gallagher singled both Sheeran and Mumford and Sons out for making verbal agreements last summer before they "wriggled out" of appearing. He said: "I'd talk to Ed Sheeran and Mumford And Sons thinking, 'I'll just do the fucking seven nights myself, what the fuck am I asking these people for?' and I got turned down a lot. Everybody says yes to your face. Everybody. And then the agent will call, and their management will call and then their PR will call and say, 'Ah, they're going to be in Australia at the time.' Really? Well they never said that to me.
"What's interesting is all the working class bands said yes straight off the bat, no fucking inkling of when it was. The middle class bands said yes and wriggled out of it. I don't know what that means, but it must mean something. It was an interesting summer. But I will say, if the people that blew me off but said they'll do it next year actually do it, it might be the greatest event since Woodstock."
Gallagher performed alongside Blur's Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon during his appearance at the run of concerts over the weekend. Paul Weller and Palma Violets are set to wrap up the event tonight (March 25). Check back tomorrow for a full web report on NME.COM.