Watch Ed Sheeran kick off his UK tour in Manchester

See footage plus the full set list

Ed Sheeran kicked off his huge arena tour in Manchester last night (May 24) at Etihad stadium.

It marked the first of four dates at the venue, before Sheeran moves on to three nights in Glasgow, three in Newcastle, four in London and four in Cardiff.

Kicking off with ‘Castle on the Hill,’ Sheeran played some of his biggest hits including ‘The A Team’, ‘Galway Girl’ and ‘Thinking Out Loud’. You can see fan-filmed footage of the gig below.

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You can also see the full 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

Support for the gig came from Jamie Lawson and Annie Marie. You can see the rest of the tour dates below:

Meanwhile, Sheeran spoke out after anti-abortion campaigners in Ireland used his song ‘Small Bump’ to promote their cause.

“I’ve been informed that my song Small Bump is being used to promote the pro-life campaign, and I feel it’s important to let you know I have not given approval for this use, and it does not reflect what the song is about”, Sheeran wrote.

Lyrics in the song include: “You were just a small bump unborn, just four months then torn from life. Maybe you were needed up there, but we’re still unaware as why.”

Today (May 25) Ireland will head to the pools to vote on whether to legalise abortion – with women currently forced to travel to other countries if they wish to terminate their pregnancy.