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Ed Sheeran smashes world tour record set by U2

Ed Sheeran has thanked his fans after breaking a tour record set by U2.

The 89.7 Bay favourite’s world tour has officially become the biggest, most attended and highest grossing of all time.

The Shape Of You singer wrote on Instagram: ‘Thanks so much for each and every one of you who have come to a show. 12 shows left, will never forget it.’

The tour began in March 2017 and will come to an end in his home town of Ipswich later this month.

When it finishes, more than 8.5 million people across 43 countries will have seen Ed perform, breaking U2’s record of 7.3 million.

Ed’s manager Stuart Camp said the achievement was ‘incredible’.

‘I don’t think there’s much of a coincidence that my favourite band growing up was U2.

‘I’m not putting us at that level because they’ve obviously maintained their career for much longer, but to even be in the same ballpark as them or spoken in the same sentence with a touring act like that is very humbling.’