His Divide tour was recently confirmed as the highest grossing of all time – surpassing U2’s 360 Tour.
The Thinking Out Loud hitmaker, 28, who recently entertained crowds in Hanover, Germany, appeared in high spirits as he posed with fans during his latest shoot at the Eagle N Tun on New Canal Street.
Special appearance: Ed Sheeran proved there was no stopping his success as he arrived to a Birmingham pub famed for its links with the band UB40
The Victorian pub, which has also provided the backdrop for UB40’S Red, Red Wine video in 1983, was bought by Kal Singh in 2009 before it was finally reopened in December 2015.
Kal’s son Jack, who runs the pub with his family, said he was initially told by Ed Sheeran’s production team that a ‘well known singer’ would like to use his ‘old-style’ pub for a music video.
However as the day approached, Jack received a call from the former wife of UB40’s Robin Campbell, Cindy Campbell, who works for Ed’s production team, and was told the star arriving to his pub was none other than the Shape of You hitmaker himself.
Jack told Birmingham Live: ‘They said ”if we tell you who it is you can’t say anything”. I couldn’t believe it when they said it was Ed Sheeran, Jaykae and Aitch. I had wondered if it was legit or not.’
On set: The singer, 28, arrived to the Eagle N Tun in New Canal Street to film his latest track
With the fans: The Thinking Out Loud hitmaker, 28, who is collaborating with grime artists Jaykae and Aitch, appeared in high spirits as he posed with fans
Selfie: The Victorian pub, which is run by Jack Singh (left), has also provided the backdrop for UB40’S Red, Red Wine video
Following the shock reveal, Ed’s production team arrived to the pub on August 1 to film the upcoming track with the singer and his collaborators Jaykae and Aitch.
Jack, who put up a notice on the pub asking locals to clear the pub by 7pm so the production team could get to work, continued: ‘I saw Ed and went over to introduce myself and shook his hand.’
Describing the incredible moment he got to meet the award winning artist Jack added: ‘He had a pint and insisted on paying for it. He was very humble and was happy to pose for pictures from fans in the entourage.’
Ed’s recent sighting comes after his Divide Tour made history as the highest grossing of all time and surpassed the previous record set by U2’s 360 Tour.
Taking to Instagram, Ed thanked his fans for their support and said he will ‘never forget’ the Divide tour.
In Birmingham: The star’s appearance comes after his Divide tour was recently confirmed as the highest grossing of all time – surpassing U2’s 360 Tour
All smiles: Ed posed with fans as he filmed inside the Eagle ‘N’ Tun pub on New Canal Street
Say cheese: Jack put up a notice on the pub asking locals to clear the pub by 7pm so the production team could get to work
He wrote: ‘Today the Divide tour broke the all time tour record set by U2. Its now the most attended and highest grossing tour of all time.
‘Thanks so much for each and every one of you who have come to a show. 12 shows left, will never forget it x.’
The Divide tour’s total shows are forecasted at 255 running from March 16 2017 to August 26 2019 with the final four shows taking place in Ipswich, England.
The tour’s ticket prices were 14.2 per cent lower than U2’s $101.15 average for their 360 Tour which ran for 110 shows.
Upcoming artists: : Grime artists Jaykae (left) and Aitch (right) have been collaborating with Ed for his latest track
Throwback: The Victorian pub provided the backdrop for UB40’S Red, Red Wine video in 1983 (the band pictured in 1983)