It’s great news that Ed Sheeran is going to play two concerts in Ipswich next year, says Ipswich Council Leader, David Ellesmere.
He is certainly deserving of the description megastar, being one of the best-selling artists of all time. His albums have reached number one in the charts around the world but he has never forgotten his Suffolk roots.
Ed famously played at Ipswich Music Day in 2010 before he hit the big time and is a big Ipswich Town fan. He has described his hit song Castle on the Hill as a “love song for Suffolk”.
Even so it is still a huge coup to land Chantry Park in Ipswich as one of only two UK venues in his latest worldwide tour.
It will be the easiest way for his legion of local fans to see him live.
But it will also bring thousands of people from the rest of Britain and from abroad to Ipswich, providing a boost to the local economy from extra spending in hotels, restaurants, bars and shops.
We need to make sure we show off all the great things that Ipswich has to offer in the hope that we can entice them to visit again.
I’d like to put on record my thanks to the dedicated staff at Ipswich Borough Council who did a huge amount of work behind the scenes to get Ed here.
As you can imagine this was a very complex agreement to arrange, but we have a strong track record of putting on large events in Chantry Park which gave the promoters the confidence that Ipswich can deliver.
Over the years the park has played host to the Radio One Roadshow, One Big Sunday and Little Mix. But every year the Council’s events team successfully run events that attract tens of thousands of people such as Ipswich Music Day and Maritime Ipswich. This experience is invaluable when working with promoters – we know what practicalities they are interested in.
The eyes of the music world will be on our town next August. Let them see what a great success we can make of this and hopefully it will lead to more big names choosing to play Ipswich in future.