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Ed Sheeran fans must show ID at 2018 concerts

Ed Sheeran is to play 25 stadium dates across Europe in 2018, but has warned that touts will not profit from the tour.

The singer, who headlined Glastonbury Festival last weekend, will begin his 2018 tour in Cork, Ireland, in May, before closing in Warsaw, Poland, in August.

Tickets for all European dates are to go on sale via the singer’s official site, Ticketmaster and Amazon on July 8, with no presale.

Sheeran and his team have announced a strict stance against anyone using secondary ticketing websites for profit.

The singer’s website warns: “You are required to bring your tickets, booking confirmation and credit card, plus a form of ID or you may not be granted entry to the show.

“Your ticket is not valid if resold unless it’s through our official face-value resale partner Twickets.”

The announcement comes just months after Sheeran’s international booking agent, Jon Ollier, said secondary ticketing was a “huge issue” in the planning of the 2017 Divide world tour.

In April, Sheeran was one of several artists to back a new ticket-buying guide from FanFair Alliance that urges music fans not to use secondary ticket sites such as StubHub and Viagogo.

As well as Ireland and Poland, Sheeran will play two dates at Wembley Stadium, London, as well as Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle. The tour will also take in Austria, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland.

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