Ed Sheeran Dublin: Fans warned about scaling buildings and climbing trees to get a glimpse

A number of fans were injured in Cork during the gigs

Ed Sheeran fans have been warned against scaling buildings and climbing trees in a bid to catch a glimpse of the singer as his string of Dublin gigs kick off on Wednesday.

The Shape Of You hitmaker is set to take to the stage in the Phoenix Park on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, with 150,000 fans expected for the final leg of his Irish tour, which seen him play six shows in Cork, Galway and Belfast.

A number of fans were injured during Ed’s Cork shows, including a teen falling into a disused quarry while taking a shortcut to the concert and another woman falling from a warehouse roof, where she was trying to watch the sell out show.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of Ed’s first Dublin show, Aiken Promotions’ Event Controller Sophie Ridley warned those who didn’t manage to get tickets from going to extreme lengths to see the show.

She said: “Please don’t climb buildings. Please don’t walk through the forest. Don’t climb the trees. Stay on level ground.

“We want people to be safe both inside and outside the venue. We attended one of those incidents within a stadium and we don’t want to attend to another situation like that.”

Ms Ridley said that there will be plenty of emergency services in place at the city centre venue in case of any issues.

“We have security and stewards throughout the arena; in the park and in the local residential areas.

“We will also have doctors, including emergency ambulances, paramedics and volunteers from the Order of Malta,” she said.

Gates will open for each of Ed’s shows at 5pm, with music kicking off from 5.45pm with support act Beoga.

Pop acts Jamie Lawson and Anne Marie will also perform before the big show, with Ed scheduled to take to the stage at 8.45pm.

Much like with the Rolling Stones concert in Croke Park, concertgoers were urged to travel lightly to Sheeran’s Dublin shows.

“If you don’t bring bags you’ll be fast tracked,” Sophie said.

“If you bring bags, they must be less than A4 - if you bring one bigger than that, it won’t be allowed in.”

Meanwhile, gardai also appealed to fans to keep in mind those living in the Phoenix Park area when making their way to and from the shows.

Chief Superintendent Lorraine Wheatley commented: “I’m sure they’ll have had enough of Ed Sheeran by that stage.

“It’s hugely important, because we have 150,000 people. The plan is to minimise disruption of the community and restore order quickly.

“People will be in high spirits after the concert, so just be mindful of the residents. Also, clearly the Phoenix Park is a lovely amenity. We’d ask people respect that and be mindful.”

As with all of Sheeran’s shows, concertgoers will have to provide a copy of an ID whose name is printed on their ticket to gain entry along with the purchasing credit card.

Concert promoters Aiken said: “Whether you have paid by cash or credit card your name will be printed on your tickets and you will be required to bring valid ID matching the name printed on the ticket, or a photocopy, to gain access to the show.”

Fans are also advised to plan their journey to the concert venue, opting for public transport where possible due to traffic.

There will also be shuttle buses operating from the city centre, dropping fans to the entrance of Phoenix Park.

Parents attending the shows with their children can avail of the TAG-A-KID safety wristbands which will be available at all the customer care points both outside and inside the venue.

Those attending with young children are encouraged to use these white wristbands which have a space to write a contact number and seat number if applicable.

The purpose of these wristbands is to help reuniting lost children with parent/guardian should they become separated within the venue.

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