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Owners of the Swan respond to speculation over future of the music venue where Ed Sheeran once played

PUBLISHED: 18:51 29 August 2018 | UPDATED: 18:30 30 August 2018

The Swan on King Street, Ipswich is one of the town's oldest pubs  Picture: ARCHANT

The Swan on King Street, Ipswich is one of the town's oldest pubs Picture: ARCHANT

After speculation grew over the future of an Ipswich town centre pub famous for its live music, the owners have finally spoken.

Ed Sheeran famously performed at The Swan, in King Street, in 2010 before becoming a global superstar.

But the pub did not open on several days during this week and speculation has mounted on social media over whether it has called last orders.

Landlord David Yates referred our enquiries to building owners EI Publican Partnerships, who did not originally comment but have since released a statement.

A spokesperson from Ei Group said: “We are currently in talks with our partner at The Swan, Ipswich and hope to reach a solution as soon as possible.”

Before becoming a global megastar, Ed Sheeran played at The Swan in Ipswich in 2010  Picture: JEN O'NEILLBefore becoming a global megastar, Ed Sheeran played at The Swan in Ipswich in 2010 Picture: JEN O'NEILL

Among the comments on social media over its future, some people said if it had closed it was a sad day for the town.

One customer wrote: “Such sad news, always our favourite pub in town and always had a drink there when we went out.”

The Swan, which could have been built as early as 1689, stands on Kings Street. Major alterations were made to the establishment in 1707 and it was listed as “The White Swan” in 1839.

The popular folk act Mumford & Sons also played at The Swan Picture: JEN O'NEILLThe popular folk act Mumford & Sons also played at The Swan Picture: JEN O'NEILL

Whilst it is one of town’s oldest pubs, The Swan has recently been revered as a cornerstone of the Ipswich music scene hosting regular gigs.

The pub’s stage has been graced by the likes of Mumford and Sons, Slaves and Lonely the Brave, and it was also a frequent supporter of local acts with it’s own annual festival Swanfest becoming a permanent fixture.

As recently as July 27 the pub held the three-day live music festival.

Of late the pub has been showing-off Suffolk’s collection of metal bands but it was once a venue for the now world renowned superstar Ed Sheeran.

The singer-songwriter can be seen in old Youtube footage performing original versions of his hit songs “The A-Team” and “You Need Me” in the pub in 2010.

The gig ended up being taken out onto the pavement outside, with a small band of fans following the Suffolk singer-songwriter as he performed more songs.

Uncertainty over the future of the pub comes just weeks after the Office for National Statistics figures showed that Ipswich had lost more than a quarter of its pubs since 2010.

Twenty pubs shut their doors for good in that period.

Back in 2010 there were 75 pubs and bars in Suffolk’s county town, with this number falling to 55 in 2017.

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