Ed Sheeran Smashes The Record Number Of Single-event Tickets Sold At The MCG

28 February 2023 | 3:04 pm | Mary Varvaris

Final tickets are available now.

Matt Gudinski & Ed Sheeran

Matt Gudinski & Ed Sheeran (Pic by Liam Pethick/Mushroom Creative House)

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It’s official: Ed Sheeran has broken the record for the number of tickets sold for a concert at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). 

For Friday’s show at the MCG, Sheeran has sold a mind-boggling number of over 107,000 tickets. His Thursday show, also at the G, has sold over 100,000 tickets, with both gigs breaking records. Final tickets are available for the Thursday, 2 March concert.

“Ed loves to break a record, and he’s smashed this one,” Matt Gudinski, CEO of Mushroom Group said. “It’s phenomenal that more than 200,000 people will see this amazing show at our iconic MCG. Melbourne is set for two incredibly special nights with one of the greatest performers ever.”

Last night, Ed and Matt made their way to the Michael Gudinski statue outside Rod Laver Arena, with Sheeran posting on Instagram this morning, “Toasting a [Penfolds] 707 [Michael Gudinski's favourite wine] to the big man ahead of playing the biggest ticketed shows ever in Australian history this weekend. We miss you, you finally got me playing MCG in the round”. It was Michael who said Ed should perform "in the round, at the MCG."

Sheeran’s opening act on this mammoth Australian tour, Budjerah, explained his nerves about joining such a huge tour in The Music’s latest cover story

“Oh man, I was a little bit nervous [when receiving the news about opening for Ed Sheeran],” he said. “This is like the biggest tour to ever come to Australia in history - it's over a million tickets." And, of course, he still hasn't gotten over featuring on a remix of Sheeran’s 2Step. "I was already in shock that I got to do the song with him. So I was like, I guess this is the next thing. I'm still in the same state when I heard the news. It doesn't make sense to me. Why me? I don't know. But I'm really grateful."

On Michael Gudinski, Budjerah shared, “I never got to know the man but to see how he cared for me and Australian music in the short time that I got to know him, that really changed my perception on the Australian music industry in general and the whole entire industry and what it's really about.”

The Thursday Ed Sheeran show is selling final tickets, with the Adelaide and Perth legs also selling fast. You can purchase tickets here.

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