Ed Sheeran has announced that his friend Jamie Lawson will support him as the opening act on his Irish tour next month.

Lawson is signed to Sheeran's label Gingerbread Man Records and they wrote the track Can't See Straight - with Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid - for Lawson's current album, Happy Accidents.

He now joins Sheeran on the singer-songwriter superstar's biggest Irish tour to date, with nine huge outdoor shows in Cork, Belfast, Galway and Dublin.

They play Cork's Páirc Uí Chaoimh on May 4, 5 and 6; Belfast's Boucher Playing Fields on May 9; Galway's Pearse Stadium on May 12 and 13 and the Phoenix Park in Dublin on May 16, 18 and 19. Singer Anne-Marie is also on the bill for the shows.

Ed Sheeran fans queuing in Galway for tickets last year

Devon-born Lawson is no stranger to Ireland, having lived here for almost a year when starting out.

"Coming to Ireland there was a definite sense of place of song, of other people that were similar to me in what they liked," he told RTÉ Entertainment in 2015.

"I always look forward to coming here. I probably, y'know, don't want to leave too soon. I like it here, I have friends here; it's a nice place."