The British royal wedding and Ed Sheeran's May 19 gig in Dublin collide—should Sheeran play for Meghan and Harry or for the Irish public?
It has been reported that English singer-songwriter and love-song extraordinaire Ed Sheeran has been lined up by Prince Harry and Irish-American actress Meghan Markle for their much anticipated royal wedding on May 19, 2018.
There is one big problem, however. Sheeran, who has Irish roots in Co. Wexford, was scheduled to play in Phoneix Park, Dublin, that very day, leaving many disappointed Irish fans losing out to the royal pair if they sweep Sheeran from away from them.
While we're sure Sheeran won't renege on his Irish commitment, just in case he's having second thoughts, here are six reasons why Ed should keep the Irish gig:
1. He’s Irish and he has drawn much of his inspiration from there—hello “Galway Girl.”
2. No self-respecting Irishman would be caught dead at a royal wedding. The “We are not amused” brigade would be out in force.
3. Sheeran would have much more fun at the Phoenix Park. Not since Pope John Paul played Phoenix Park in 1979 and drew a million will there be such a crowd.
4. His granny and grandpa were so proud especially in his early days, especially when he dedicated Nancy Mulligan to them. They’d want him back home.
5. Because he loves Irish music.
"I don’t think enough people use [Irish music] in pop music," Sheeran said.
"For some reason, it’s considered twee and old, but it’s such exciting, youthful music, it should be at the forefront of pop culture. Hopefully, if these songs are successful, more people will do a bit more like it."
6. The common man would relate very well to his decision to play for the people, not the prince. That's who all his songs are aimed at.
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