Ed Sheeran fans have been warned to be wary of buying tickets for his upcoming Irish gigs from unofficial sources ahead of them going on sale next week.

Promoters Aiken, today said fans could be duped into buying invalid tickets from unauthorised websites.

In a statement it advised fans to "beware of fraudulent websites and ticket sellers" and added:

Purchasing from these sites / secondary sellers can result in huge financial loss and disappointment for fans who could potentially arrive at the venue having been sold counterfeit tickets, only to be refused entry without recourse.

Yesterday the singer announced tour dates across Europe, including two nights at the 3Arena Dublin on April 12th and 13th.

Tickets for the Dublin gigs – his first since packing out Croke Park for two nights in 2015 - go on sale on Thursday 2nd February at 10am from Ticketmaster and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

Ed with Kodaline on stage in Croke Park in 2015

Set to be one of the most highly-anticipated tours of 2017, Ed Sheeran's Euro jaunt will kick-off in Italy on March 17.

The singer returned from a year long break from the music industry earlier this month and released two singles, Shape of You and Castle on the Hill, which have both gone to take the two top spots on singles charts around the world including Ireland.

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Ed's third studio album ÷ [divide] will be released on March 3rd and he recently revealed that he's written two "full-on Irish trad songs" about Galway and Wexford for the album.

One of the songs listed on the album is called Galway Girl.

Ed revealed that "I've actually got a song on the new album which I think is really gonna explode in Ireland."

"It would be something to do with the county of Galway. I've got a trad band called Beoga, they're actually from Belfast. It's a fiddle, a pipe, a bodhrán and piano and we really jam."

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Excitement is certainly building after Ed also revealed that he will "definitely shooting a video for one of the songs in Ireland and I will be doing a casting because I need proper ceilí dancers."

One troupe has already gone viral with their bid to take part. The Hession School of Irish Dancing shot this promo video showing off their dancing skills recently and have already amassed nearly 700,000 views on Facebook.

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