Ed Sheeran fans have been warned not to buy tickets for his sold-out 2018 Irish tour from "any secondary sellers or any unofficial source".

Sheeran's seven dates in Cork, Belfast, Galway and Dublin next May sold out on Saturday with the singer-songwriter breaking the record for the most tickets sold by an artist in Ireland in one day - over 300,000. However, such is his popularity that some fans still missed out on tickets for the open-air shows.

Over 300,000 tickets were sold on Saturday - a new Irish record

Tickets for Sheeran's Irish tour are subject to strict anti-tout rules which have been brought in to try to stop people reselling them online for extortionate prices.

Resold tickets will not be valid for entry and concert goers will have to provide their booking confirmation, credit card, and a valid form of ID.

However, despite the strict anti-tout rules, tickets have appeared on a number of websites.

Fans have now been warned again by Sheeran's Irish promoter, Aiken Promotions, not to seek the sold-out tickets elsewhere. 

"Some websites are offering E-tickets/print at home tickets," Aiken Promotions said on Monday. "These tickets do not exist for any of the sold-out Ed Sheeran Irish tour dates.

"In addition, seated tickets are on offer for seats that do not exist. The tickets are not legitimate and must be avoided."

Ticketmaster said: "Fans should be aware that Ticketmaster will be installing an access control system at all the Ed Sheeran shows and if you don’t have a valid ticket, you won’t get in. We urge fans to follow the promoter’s advice and only buy tickets from authorised sellers."

Fans will now be hoping that Sheeran adds more Irish dates, as he did in the UK at the weekend.

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