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Warning Issued Ahead Of Ed Sheeran, WorldPride Sydney Chaos Tonight

24 February 2023 | 3:21 pm | Mary Varvaris

"Significant delays are expected," NSW Transport warn punters.

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Sydney is bracing for a massive weekend of entertainment, with humongous crowds expected for concerts - Ed Sheeran and Sydney WorldPride - and the Super Rugby.

As reports, NSW Transport has warned about significant road delays, recommending punters plan their journeys around public transport instead. 

"Significant delays are expected on roads approaching the precinct, particularly during the already busy Friday evening peak. Fans are strongly urged to catch public transport to avoid the traffic delays," NSW Transport advised. 

Extra public transport will be running, with "Express and limited-stop trains to Olympic Park will run regularly from Central and Western Line stations to get you to the concert, with frequent return services running to get you home each night. From Olympic Park station, the stadium is a short 10-minute walk away."

While Ed Sheeran is performing at Accor Stadium tonight and tomorrow - with 85,000 people expected to attend per night - the opening ceremony of Sydney WorldPride, Live And Proud, will be held at The Domain tonight, with Kylie Minogue headlining the event. She takes the stage at 7 pm.

Sydney WorldPride is expected to be the biggest event in Sydney since the 2000 Olympic games. As Nine News reports, WorldPride is tipped to inject "$600 million into the local economy as 500,000 international travellers head Down Under for the 17-day celebration." 

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The opening concert, Live And Proud, on 24 February will be hosted by Courtney Act and Casey Donovan, while performances include Minogue, Charli XCX and Jessica Mauboy.

Chief executive Kate Wickett shared that the two-week monolith festival is inclusive for all. "We want to show the world the beauty that Sydney is, the beauty of our community, the beauty that we have to offer... We want to shine a light on our diverse communities here in Sydney, Australia and all of the region," she said. 

Ed Sheeran performed to 50,000 people at Suncorp Stadium last week, and in The Music's review, we noted, "No ordinary person would be able to hold the attention of an entire stadium with just a voice and a guitar, but Ed Sheeran is no ordinary person. Except that he is, in the way we all are, and that’s the magic of his music."