Ed Sheeran is coming to the O2 Arena for two shows in May which look set to be one of the biggest music events of 2017.

His world tour in support of third studio album ÷ (divide) is highly anticipated as it marks the singer songwriter's return to the live stage.

Sheeran will play at the capital's venue on May 1 and 2 as part of a 14-date UK and Ireland tour, with tickets available from Thursday (February 2) here.

The Thinking Out Loud singer has built himself a reputation for unforgettable live shows starting his career playing at small venues before slots at Glastonbury and V Festival before three landmark Wembley Stadium shows.

He will be stopping off at Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Nottingham in 2017

We've taken a look back at some of Ed's previous appearances at London venues and what to expect at his upcoming shows.

Ed's last visit to London

Ed Sheeran at Wembley in 2015
Ed Sheeran at Wembley in 2015

The last time Ed played a headline set in London was part of the 'x tour' in 2015. He performed for three consecutive nights at a sold out Wembley Stadium to more than 220,000 fans.

Ed Sheeran's gig beginnings

One of Ed's earlier gigs in London was at The Borderline in Soho in 2011. The venue, which has a capacity of around 250 people is a lot less than the 220,000 he played to at Wembley Stadium.

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He played tracks including The A Team, Little Lady and We Are to the packed out crowd - and despite the venue size Sheeran has always been able to sell out a show.

What was the setlist at Wembley Stadium?

On his upcoming ÷ (divide) tour fans of the singer can expect to hear his latest tracks including global chart topping singles Castle on the Hill and Shape of You, alongside his best hits from his previous two studio albums.

Meanwhile during his Wembley Stadium shows in 2015 Ed played this jam packed set to 93,000 fans a night:

  1. I'm a Mess

  2. Lego House

  3. Drunk

  4. Take It Back / Superstition / Ain't No Sunshine

  5. One

  6. Photograph

  7. Bloodstream

  8. Tenerife Sea

  9. Don't / No Diggity / Nina

  10. Feeling Good / I See Fire

  11. Small Bump

  12. Runaway

  13. I Was Made to Love Her (Stevie Wonder cover)

  14. Kiss Me / Thinking Out Loud

  15. The A Team

  16. You Need Me, I Don't Need You

  17. The Parting Glass

  18. You Need Me, I Don't Need You

  19. Sing

What merchandise will be on sale on the ÷ tour?

Although the official merch stand hasn't been revealed yet, new products have been released on Ed's website which include t-shirts featuring the divide logo.

Fans can expect to see these items featured on the divide tour as well as some on the road exclusives.

But if you fancy repping the latest Ed Sheeran tops on the upcoming tour you can get them from edsheeran.com

Some of the Ed Sheeran merchandise expected to be on sale during his world tour

Who will support Ed on the tour?

James Blunt has been confirmed as the US support but the UK and Ireland act is yet to be confirmed. Although Ed has a reputation for choosing acts he is a genuine fan of.

In Wembley he was supported by Foy Vance, One Republic, Example, Rudimental and Passenger across the three nights so you won't be disappointed by his choice.

Where to buy tickets for the ÷ tour?

Tickets will go on general sale at 10am on Thursday February 2.

They are priced between £44.80 and £77.80, plus a booking fee.

You can get tickets from Ticketmaster here or edsheeran.com.

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