Ed Sheeran was recently filmed surprising a teenage fan in a Canadian shopping center to perform a duet with the aspiring teenage singer, but that’s just the latest in a number of surprises Sheeran fans have experienced lately. In particular, Ed Sheeran’s Australian presence just keeps getting bigger. First, the British troubador announced a new Australia tour after already touring the country once this year. Then, Sheeran’s fellow Brit, the singer Passenger, joined the new tour. Finally, they announced a second date in Melbourne.

Ed Sheeran ©Kathi Rudminat

Ed Sheeran Photo ©Kathi Rudminat

The New Tour

Sheeran’s Australia tour was announced back in April, and tickets have been selling at a steady clip.

The tour will be the second Australia tour for Sheeran this year, and his fifth visit in the last four years. It kicks off November 28th in Brisbane, before moving to Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, and finishing in December in Auckland, NZ.

The Sheeran tour coincides with Taylor Swift’s visit, so there could be a collaboration in the works. The tour is also a continuation of Sheeran’s tour for his hit album, X. While he was in Australia earlier this year, he managed to do a cameo on the longest-running Australian soap opera, Home And Away. (The episode in question is scheduled to run later in the year.)

Passenger Joins the Tour

A little while after the new tour was announced, British singer Passenger (Michael David Rosenberg) was added to it in support of Sheeran’s performance. Passenger, who’s behind “Let Her Go”, recently visited Australia in January, where he played to a sold-out Quantas Credit Union Arena in Sydney as well as theatre venues on himself.

This time around he will be performing next to Ed Sheeran as well as the UK D&B group Rudimental and the Northern Irish artist Foy Vance in front of even bigger crowds across the country.

Ed Sheeran Photo ©Markus Hillgärtner

Ed Sheeran Photo ©Markus Hillgärtner

Passenger will be playing songs from his sixth album, Whispers II, which was released a bit earlier in the month.

Passenger is known for charming audiences with not just his acoustic guitar but his sparkling wit and of course his love for Australia. When he visited in January, he told the press that he used to come and play “all over the place,” staying in Australia for six to nine months at a stretch, playing regional rows and busking anywhere and everywhere.

He said that he’s been in Australia so long that he half feels “like a domestic act.”

Passenger and Ed Sheeran are longtime friends. They met almost 10 years ago, and ever since then they’ve collaborated and toured together.

Vance and Ed Sheeran are also known for performing together, while Vance and Rudimental also collaborated for the recent single album Never Let Me Go. In other words, it ought to be a special show.

Melbourne Tour Date Added

Finally, after the one Melbourne date sold out completely, a new tour date was announced — a second Melbourne show. More than 30,000 tickets were sold to the 5th December date in Melbourne’s AAMI Park, so promoters announced an additional show at the same venue on the following night.