Ed Sheeran announces support act for UK and Ireland tour

Who's joining Ed on the road?

Ed Sheeran has announced the support act for his forthcoming tour of UK and Ireland.

The Divide singer will be joined by close friend Anne-Marie for the 46 date tour, which kicks off in Cork on May 4.

The pair previously collaborated on a cover of Anne-Marie’s ‘Ciao Adios’ and it’s expected that he’ll also appear on her forthcoming debut solo album.

She also previously hit the road with Sheeran for his 2017 European tour and described the experience to NME.

“Every person I speak to is gobsmacked that it’s just one person and a guitar. It’s just him captivating the whole stadium, its just incredible to see”, she said.

“The thing is, he’s got great stage presence and he has great lyrics and that’s what people are connected to, so yeah I mean he doesn’t need anything.”

Describing her own album, she added: “When I’m happy and in a good mood, I just search for other things that maybe connect to me on another level.

“I talk to my friends and see how they’re feeling – see what’s going on in their lives. I search YouTube and look for speeches by activists. I’ve got a lot of songs on my album about what’s going on in the world, and how it is growing up as a female.

“Sometimes you can’t necessarily say [these things] in a single on the radio, but, this is the importance of an album – the fact that you can just have other vibes and different subjects. That’s the beauty of it.”