Ed Sheeran plays secret gig at Latitude Festival

Singer-songwriter made surprise appearance on iArena stage

Ed Sheeran played a late-night secret gig at Latitude Festival last night (July 17).

The singer-songwriter, who last weekend played three sold-out gigs at Wembley Stadium in London, appeared on the comparatively intimate iArena stage after all of the other acts had performed. Artists who played the same stage earlier in the day included Gengahr, Ezra Furman and The Pains of Being Pure At Heart.

Sheeran, a local from nearby Framlington, played an hour-long set at the tiny, rammed i Arena in the festival’s woodland area immediately after Alt-J closed their set on the main stage. Sheeran’s show included ‘Lego House’, ‘I’m A Mess’ and ‘Don’t’ interspersed with snippets of 50 Cent’s ‘In Da Club’, Iggy Azealia’s ‘Fancy’ and Blackstreet’s ‘No Diggity’.

Telling the crowd that “I didn’t know I was doing this ’til about a week ago”, he revealed that he’d attended “pretty much every Latitude” and can “remember dreaming of being on the stage”.

He confirmed details of the gig on Twitter and posted the following picture on Instagram after he came off stage.

Latitude secret set !

A photo posted by @teddysphotos on

Latitude continues today with a headline set from Portishead. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will close the festival on Sunday. Other artists confirmed to appear across the weekend include The Vaccines, James Blake, Manic Street Preachers, Caribou, Wild Beasts, SBTRKT, Sun Kil Moon and La Roux.

Also playing live at the festival will be Warpaint, Badly Drawn Boy (performing ‘Hour Of The Bewilderbeast’), Santigold, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and Kindness.


They will be joined by the Boomtown Rats, Roni Size, Reprazent, Matthew Herbert, Max Cooper, Black Rivers, Omar Souleyman, Ezra Furman, Songhoy Blues, Timber Timbre, the Tom Robinson Band, A Winged Victory For The Sullen.