Did you attend Ed Sheeran's secret gig at the Steamboat Tavern?

Secret Ed Sheeran Gig at The Steam Boat Tavern, Ipswich

Lucky guests were able to attend a secret gig at the Steamboat Tavern in Ipswich back in 2014 - Credit: Archant

Suffolk superstar Ed Sheeran put on a secret gig in Ipswich back in 2014 – did you attend it?

Only 100 tickets were sold for the 30-minute private show at the Steamboat Tavern near Ipswich Waterfront on May 4. 

The line of fans were due to be let in at about10am. But after arriving just 15 minutes beforehand, Sheeran came out to meet them.

Secret Ed Sheeran Gig at The Steam Boat Tavern, Ipswich

People queueing outside the Steamboat Tavern in Ipswich for Ed Sheeran's secret gig - Credit: Archant

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Ed Sheeran signed a woman's arm outside the Steamboat Tavern before his secret gig - Credit: Archant

The Framlingham-based singer songwriter walked the length of the queue, posing for photos and signing autographs with diehard fans.

One woman even asked Sheeran to sign her arm so that she could get it tattooed. 

Speaking at the time of the performance, Sheeran said it "felt right" to perform at an intimate venue.

Ed Sheeran meets queuing fans outside the Steamboat Tavern in Ipswich

Ed Sheeran meets queuing fans outside the Steamboat Tavern in Ipswich - Credit: Archant

Secret Ed Sheeran Gig at The Steam Boat Tavern, Ipswich
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Secret Ed Sheeran Gig at The Steam Boat Tavern in May 2014 - Credit: Archant

The secret gig was part of a one-day mini tour for Sheeran, who left the pub for another show in London later that same day.

The gig was of the publicity for 31-year-old's then-new album ‘X’, or Multiply. 

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Speaking at the time of his gig, Sheeran said: "I think it’s nice to bring it back to the intimacy, we’ve done this in a lot of other countries.

Secret Ed Sheeran Gig at The Steam Boat Tavern, Ipswich

100 people waited for Ed Sheeran before his secret gig at the Steamboat Tavern - Credit: Archant

"I think it would have been wrong to go straight into big venues this time round."

Sheeran also performed four shows in Ipswich's Chantry Park in 2019 which saw around 160,000 people enjoy some of his greatest hits and brought £9,235,541 on the local economy, according to Ipswich Borough Council.

Secret Ed Sheeran Gig at The Steam Boat Tavern, Ipswich

100 people attended Ed Sheeran's secret gig at the Steamboat Tavern in Ipswich - Credit: Lucy Taylor

Secret Ed Sheeran Gig at The Steam Boat Tavern, Ipswich

Ed Sheeran took the time to take photos with his fans before the gig - Credit: Lucy Taylor

Hundreds of fans also waited for Sheeran outside Ipswich's HMV store while he signed the first copies of his first album, +, in 2011. 

Ipswich Borough Council are hoping the Shape of You singer will return to the county for his new world tour

Ed Sheeran before his secret gig at the Steamboat Tavern

Ed Sheeran before his secret gig at the Steamboat Tavern - Credit: Archant