A look back at Ed Sheeran’s last Preston appearance

The Ferret bar, Fylde Road. Credit: Connor Teale.

Ed Sheeran has added to his Grammy collection after winning the awards for Best Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance.

With the next leg of his arena tour about to begin, it feels an eternity has passed since he graced an intimate Preston stage with his presence.

The 27-year-old’s career has been on an unstoppable upward trajectory since his debut album ‘+’ in 2011.

We asked Tim Davies, general manager and promoter at The Ferret, about his humbler beginnings.

Stage where Sheeran performed in 2011. Credit: Connor Teale

“He played for a very minimal fee, pretty much for a promise of a place to stay and a cup of tea. Now he’s playing to thousands and thousands of people”.

The red-headed vocalist is a busier man these days, not even finding the time to pick up his trophies.


Netting his awards with album ‘Divide’ and single ‘Shape of You’, it’s the singer-songwriter’s second Grammy double, having won ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Best Pop Solo Performance’ for ‘Thinking Out Loud’ in 2016.