Ed Sheeran wowed the packed crowd at Croke Park on Saturday night while kicking off his world tour at the Dublin stadium, with fans saying it was "incredible" and an "unforgettable concert experience".

It was the first full-capacity gig in the stadium since 2019 and the singer-songwriter didn't disappoint.

Sheeran, who will also play the iconic venue on Sunday night, took to his Instagram stories following the concert, telling his 37 million followers it was "probably one of my favourite shows I've every played".

"Thank you so much Dublin," he added.

Ed Sheeran says Croke Park gig was "probably one of my favourite shows I've every played" Image credits: Rolling News

Following this weekend's Croke Park gigs, Sheeran will continue his tour in Cork, Limerick and Belfast over the coming weeks.

The Irish shows, the first of a three-year world tour, are being played "in the round", on a stage that has been specially designed to have no blind spots for the audience.

Sheeran has upped the game with the staging for these concerts. The rotating stage offers 360 degree views of the action, while he has also brought on board a band to accompany him. The addition of pyrotechnics made for an even more dramatic effect.

Ed Sheeran played on a rotating stage at Croke Park

Speaking to the 80,000 plus revellers at Croke Park, Sheeran said he "forgot how mental an Irish crowd could be".

The English hitmaker added: "Nothing beats Saturday night in Croker does it?"

Sports commentator Marty Morrissey was among those singing Sheeran's praises following the concert, tweeting: "The show has spectacular effects but ultimately it's a guy on his own with a guitar.

"What a great talent. Fair play to him, Love his songs & love his Show tonight. Great night in Croke Park."

Fans said he was "actually incredible" and "wasn't messing around" for the launch of his tour in Dublin.

Another concert goer tweeted that Sheeran was the "king of Ireland" following the epic performance.

Unsurprisingly, the singer's rendition of Galway Girl went down a treat with the crowd who sang along every word with him.

Thinking Out Loud was another big hit with the Dublin audience.

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