The singer played Ipswich Music Day in 2009 and 2010

Ed Sheeran has had a stage named after him at an Ipswich music festival.

The singer played Ipswich Music Day, which is held at Christchurch Park, in 2009 and 2010. He grew up in Framlingham, which is close to the bash. “I remember playing at the event a few years ago and it was great fun,” he told the BBC.

There’s no chance that Sheeran will be abled to play his own stage this year, however, as he’s on tour in America when the free event takes place on July 7. Bryony Rudkin from Ipswich Borough Council, which organises the event, said the naming of the stage at the 40,000 capacity event was to recognise the “importance of encouraging young talent”. She added: “This is a fantastic gesture from one of the biggest names in music.”

Yesterday, Wimbledon hopeful Andy Murray revealed that enjoys listening to Ed Sheeran and Pharrell when warming up for a big tennis match. Murray, who opened his Wimbledon 2013 campaign yesterday (June 24) against Benjamin Becker on Centre Court said he uses music to help get in the zone prior to big games.

“I’ve been listening to a lot of John Mellencamp – quite old,” he said. “I like Ed Sheeran. I like Pharrell’s songs just now. They’re pretty good – the one with Robin Thicke as well.”