Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 23°C

min temp: 15°C

Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Ipswich: Ed Sheeran’s fans tell of their excitement at getting in to intimate gig

16:45 05 May 2014

Secret Ed Sheeran Gig at The Steam Boat Tavern, Ipswich

Secret Ed Sheeran Gig at The Steam Boat Tavern, Ipswich

Some people go through a lot for their idols, including travelling long distances and getting up at the crack of dawn.

But many of the 100 people who turned up for Ed Sheeran’s intimate gig at the Steamboat Tavern yesterday had come from within Suffolk.

For father and son duo Mark and Sam Taylor it was just a quick journey down the A12 from Lowestoft.

The gig’s location was a secret, with those attending only told at 4pm on Sunday.

And both Mark, 52, and Sam, 17, were impressed it hadn’t leaked out.

Sam said: “It is a really good secret. I’m really surprised at it,” with Mark adding: “I think everybody thought let’s not tell anybody.”

The pair also said they expected more people to be there when they arrived.

Sam said: “We got up at six and I’m not usually up until 12 in the afternoon!”

“We got here at eight o’clock and thought they’d be queuing down the road and round the corner,” Mark added.

“Sam’s been to several gigs, I’ve been to hundreds over the years but this is the first gig we’ve been to together.”

While chatting to fans outside the pub it was understandable that many people asked Sheeran for an autograph.

But one lady, who was also first in the queue, wanted more than just a scrawl on a bit of paper.

“I want him to sign my arm so I can have it tattooed,” said Amy Gunther.

The 22-year-old had travelled down from London the night before with friend Grace Aldis, but still rose early to make sure she grabbed a prime spot in the queue.

“I’ve been here since half past six,” she said. “We were determined to be the first in the queue.

“I found out about the gig on Thursday. I was just chilling on the computer at work and it just flashed up on Facebook so I did it and then it came through.

“I put my confirmation number into See Tickets (the company taking bookings for the gig) to make sure it was genuine.”

Although he first started performing at the pub in his teenage days Sheeran’s schedule has meant he hasn’t been back to the Steamboat for several years.

But yesterday he was back at one of the places where it all started.

And that made it a special occasion not just for the fans but also for landlady Val Bint and her staff.

She said: “We’re chuffed that he’s chosen to come here. He’s performed here several times when he was younger.

“I haven’t seen him for three years but I hear he’s still the same. He’s a really nice lad.

“We’ll just be in there enjoying it with the rest of the crowd.”

Click here to see what Ed had to say about being back in Ipswich and here to see a video and gallery of his visit.

1 comment

  • Now he does the Ipswich Pubs. Sorry now a "Z" lister!!!!

    Report this comment

    Ipswich Man

    Monday, May 5, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Three quizzed

Police have quizzed three men following allegations that a referee was kicked, spat at and jostled during a stormy Ipswich Sunday morning football league match.

Lois Cordelia painting Pig-geswyk at the La Tour Cycle Cafe in Ipswich.

An Ipswich artist whose design made it into the Pigs Gone Wild art trail has said the project is great for promoting homegrown talent.

The SPD says St Nicholas Street is a well managed traditional shopping street with historic shop fronts.

Let’s make the most of the beautiful buildings in Ipswich town centre. That is the message to retailers and other businesses amid concerns that some shop fronts don’t reflect the traditional character of the buildings they occupy.

Parents and children are campaigning for a 20mph speed limit outside St Helen's Primary School.

Parents and pupils from an Ipswich primary school are demanding a new 20mph limit on some of the town’s busiest roads after a series of recent near misses.

The A12 is closed at the M25 junction.

There are long delays on the A12 London-bound due to a collision.

Stock image. Pic: David Davies/PA Wire.

Rising numbers of pupils are being excluded from primary schools in Suffolk, new figures reveal.

The 27-year-old killed himself and injured 12 others, three of them seriously, when he detonated an explosive device near a bar in central Ansbach.

A suicide bomber who blew himself up after being turned away from a music festival in southern Germany was a Syrian man who had been denied asylum.

Elliott Thompson. Pic: Suffolk Constabulary.

A Stowmarket man was who was reported as missing to police has been found safe and well.

Rescue teams co-ordinating the search for a missing kayaker off the Jaywick coastline. Picture: RNLI

A major sea rescue operation at Clacton launched after a kayaker went missing on Sunday evening has been called off after the discovery of a body.

Brian Williams

Tributes have been paid to a Suffolk rugby stalwart who dedicated his time to promoting grassroots rugby in the region and across England.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24