Ed Sheeran helps Kodaline’s Jason Boland get engaged

27 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Ed Sheeran at Croker: ‘Bloody hell that was mental’.

Ed Sheeran had his work cut out for him topping his first Friday night show at Croke Park during which he performed on stage with Dublin rockers Kodaline.

The girlfriend of Kodaline’s bassist Jason Boland was surprised to be brought on stage for a romantic marriage proposal which was introduced by Ed declaring “Jason, you’ve something to say” Jason’s long-term girlfriend said yes, and the happy couple posed for photos on their way to the after party with Etaoin showing off her brand new sparkler.Wearing his trademark check shirt, runners, and a slightly more straggly beard, he took to the stage with an explosion of colour behind him. “My name is Ed and you have to sing along, and dance along, and clap along,” he encouraged.

However, he pulled out all the stops for the second show last night by performing with former The Frames frontman Glen Hansard as well as inviting Kodaline on stage again to recreate Friday night’s magic. Sheeran played two sell-out shows at the Dublin stadium over the weekend and was joined on stage by Kodaline on Friday and Saturday and by Glen Hansard on Saturday. Last week Ed helped Jake Roche propose to little Mix’s Jesy nelson at Manchester Arena and Friday night’s Croke Park crowd included at least one other proposal with Belfast’s Cathal Shortt proposing to girlfriend Leanne Peoples. “Thank you to Kodaline and Glen Hansard for joining me on stage today to sing some tunes.

Just one man and his guitar, but he filled the stage and his songs filled the night sky, along with the screams of thousands of fans as the evening sun shone down. He played the part well at Croker, donning an international rules Irish jersey and singing a couple of ballads with Hansard and Kodaline, including The Auld Triangle. Any concerns that Sheeran’s one-man guitar and loop-pedal set up would be too small to fill the stadium were stamped out on Friday, after he left the first 80,000 swooning. However, Sheeran, whose roots go back to Gorey, Co Wexford, genuinely seemed to mean it, as he revealed he was far less nervous than when preparing to headline London’s Wembley stadium a week earlier. “I’m upset we can only do two Irish gigs,” he said. “I want to spend a whole week playing here.

All my best concerts were in Dublin.” This was all in contrast to Wembley where he had the distinct impression people were waiting to see him fail as he became the first artist to play a solo acoustic show at the stadium. “People were saying: ‘Do you think you can do it?’ And I started to think: ‘Well…I don’t really know’. “[But] the Irish crowd has always been the best.

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