Ed Sheeran To Perform Live At The Dublin Venue That First Inspired Him In An All New ‘VH1 Storytellers Live’

YOK alum and Grammy-nominated Ed Sheeran cites Damien Rice as the artist who first inspired him to make music. In a new series, VH1 Storytellers Live, airing later this month, Sheeran will put on a live performance at the venue where he first saw Rice perform: Whelan’s in Dublin, Ireland.

Watch Sheeran’s live performance on Saturday, January 24, but don’t stop there. Afterwards, head on over to VH1.com or bring up the VH1 app on your phone to watch an exclusive 30-minute after show with the “Thinking Out Loud” singer.

Speaking of “Thinking Out Loud,” watch Sheeran perform his hit live on Big Morning Buzz in the video below, and keep reading for more information about his upcoming performance on VH1 Storytellers Live.

For more about this hotly anticipated music event, check out the official press release below.

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran will kick off an all-new season of “VH1 Storytellers” LIVE from Dublin, Ireland on Saturday, January 24 at 7PM ET/PT. VH1 is rewriting the script on its critically acclaimed music franchise VH1 Storytellers,” and for the first time in network history, the series will be broadcast LIVE from a venue of special meaning to the performing artist. In this tradition, Sheeran will perform and share personal stories from his life that have inspired his chart-topping songs from Whelan’s in Dublin, the venue where he first saw the artist that made him want to pursue music — Damien Rice. “VH1 Storytellers Live: Ed Sheeran” will also air live across the UK on MTV Music at 12AM GMT and live stream on VH1.com as well as on the VH1 App. Fans can continue watching an exclusive 30-minute after show, only on VH1.com and in the VH1 App.

“It’s amazing to come back to perform at a place that means so much to me personally,” says Sheeran. “I was only about 11 or 12 years old when I saw Damien play at Whelan’s, and that night literally changed my life. The time he spent talking with me after the show made all the difference. It inspired me in a way that I only hope to do for someone else.”

“The best artists know that there’s no better way to connect with their fans then by performing in front of them live,” says Tom Calderone, President of VH1.  “We’re so proud to showcase Ed doing what he does best in our ‘Storytellers’ new, live format where ‘Sheerios’ will get to hear his personal perspective on his music and successful career.”

Additional “VH1 Storytellers Live” artists for the new season will be announced soon.

Ed Sheeran is a six-time Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum singer-songwriter.  At only 23 years old, the British artist has already become a global phenomenon.  His latest album “x” (pronounced multiply) has gone to number one in 14 countries around the world, including the United States and his native United Kingdom, where it was both the biggest and fastest selling album of 2014.  “x,” which is currently nominated for Album of the Year at the upcoming 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards, features back-to-back platinum hits “Sing” and “Don’t” as well as the current single “Thinking Out Loud,” which is shaping up to be the biggest of Sheeran’s already stellar career.  An acclaimed live performer, Sheeran has played countless sold out shows all over the globe, including a three-night stand at New York City’s Madison Square Garden and four nights at London’s O2 Arena.  This summer will see him perform his biggest headlining shows to date – three sold out nights at London’s Wembley Stadium. For more information, please visit www.edsheeran.com.

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