SUSSEX musician Maisie Peters is to support Ed Sheeran on his huge stadium tour this summer.

The 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Steyning will play shows across the UK, Ireland, central Europe and Scandinavia, alongside Ed from April to September.

The tour will include five nights at London’s Wembley Stadium and four nights at Manchester Etihad Stadium.

Following the announcement, Maisie wrote: “I can’t believe this poster is real, but it is I’m going on tour with Ed Sheeran all summer.

“Playing venues like these with someone like ed is something just so totally beyond the realm of anything you ever think possible when you’re 14 and pick up a guitar and learn Lego House on ultimate guitar, and I don’t think I’ll really ever get over it.

“It was an honour to be asked and I promise I will be practising and rehearsing and writing to make it the best possible show I can give because this is such a once in one million lifetimes experience like.”

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Maisie is one of only a handful of acts signed to the chart-topping artist’s Gingerbread Man Records.

Her debut album, You Signed Up for This, went to number two in September, robbed of the top spot by the juggernaut release of Kanye West’s long-awaited Donda.

A deftly crafted collection of quirky, melodramatic pop, it was widely praised by critics and bolstered an already fanatic fanbase.

Ed last toured stadiums during his 2017-2019 Divide Tour, playing more than 250 shows to some seven million fans, with Divide becoming the most attended and highest grossing tour of all time, breaking U2’s record.

The Mathematics Tour will see Ed play tracks from his forthcoming fifth album =, pronounced Equals, live for the first time and will feature a new production set-up with the musician performing in the round.

The tour’s official name is + – = ÷ x, in reference to his string of studio albums.

Ed shot to fame in 2011 with the launch of his chart-topping single The A Team, the lead song on his first album, which was released in September that year.

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