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Ed Sheeran is bringing Divide tour to Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds artists have chance to support

Bury St Edmunds musicians have the chance to support Ed Sheeran at his homecoming gigs in Ipswich this summer.

BBC Introducing in Suffolk will choose a homegrown act from the county to kick-off proceedings for three of the four dates he plays in Chantry Park to close his Divide tour.

The local artists will be picked to play a 20-minute set to open the sold-out gigs on 23, 24 and 25 August. To be in with a chance, musicians need to upload material to the BBC Introducing website by July 4.

The opening act for the final night (August 26) will be selected by local skateboard company Hoax. This will be settled via a national battle of the bands competition.

For the past two years Sheeran has been touring third album Divide, which has spawned the hit singles Castle on the Hill and Shape of You. In that time he has also headlined Glastonbury Festival.

Ed Sheeran is playing in Ipswich in August (12884067)
Ed Sheeran is playing in Ipswich in August (12884067)

Closing the tour in Ipswich is thought to be a personal move, with Sheeran having grown up in Suffolk town Framlingham.

He will also be supported in Ipswich by Lewis Capaldi, Passenger and, perhaps surprisingly, The Darkness - who hail from Lowestoft.

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