Ed Sheeran Plays Fans Living Rooms

21 September 2023 | 3:35 pm | Mary Varvaris

"I instantly knew it was gonna be fun..."

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According to a new Instagram post from the Lego House hitmaker, Ed Sheeran secretly recorded live versions of songs from his upcoming album, Autumn Variations, in his fans’ homes.

“So I did some surprise pop-up gigs in fans’ houses, secretly recording a live album of Autumn Variations where each song is recorded in a different fans living room, but all of it was a total surprise,” Sheeran wrote in the caption to an Instagram video that saw him performing on a piano beside an overwhelmed fan.

He continued, “We got to @kariconaway's house at the end of the day, and I instantly knew it was gonna be fun. They had cats, friendship bracelets and some fruit drinks to start, but once I'd played the Autumn song, I said take me on a tour, and when I went into her room, I saw a piano.”

Once he was at the piano, Sheeran explained that aside from his 2011 song Wake Me Up, he doesn’t often play the keyboard, but “She asked if I could play and I said 'not really but I kinda play on wake me up', so here I am playing Wake Me Up, for all the Plus fans out there”.

Sheeran ended the post by reminding fans that his new album, Autumn Variations, will be released on Friday, 29 September. However, “The fan living room live Autumn Variations album [is] coming soon”. Check out the video below.

You can pre-order Autumn Variations here.

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Autumn Variations is the second album Sheeran has released in 2023, following – (Subtract) earlier this year.

Speculation around Autumn Variations began in mid-August, with The Sun reporting that the Shape of You hitmaker had a new album completed and was readying it for a September release, according to sources.

Revealing a teaser behind his new album, Sheeran explained in a Sirius XM interview, “It’s an album about autumn. I kind of have no expectations for it”.

He continued, “I made it whilst — there was the album I was trying to make, and then ‘–’ (‘Subtract’) happened. So I finished over the last year.”

In a press release shared on 25 August, Sheeran said, “Last autumn, I found that my friends and I were going through so many life changes. After the heat of the summer, everything either calmed, settled, fell apart, came to a head or imploded.”