Ed Sheeran made his first 2017 appearance in Australia last night with a performance on the Hit Network’s World Famous Rooftop…with a difference.
The secret gig for 80 lucky Hit Network listeners was on top of Victoria’s iconic Hanging Rock in the Macedon Ranges. The threat of storms brewing and rain during the performance didn’t dampen spirits as Sheeran extended his set time to perform extra songs for appreciative fans.
The gig for Southern Cross Austereo comes as Sheeran embarks on a week of media promotion for his forthcoming album “Divide”. Hamish and Andy were the hosts for the Hit Network while SCA executives in the small group included Guy Dobson and Gemma Fordham. Also looking on from the sidelines was promoter Michael Gudinski.
On Tuesday Sheeran will be a guest on ARN’s Kyle and Jackie O Show. Then on Tuesday night he will perform a Nova Red Room at the Opera House which will be broadcast that night as part of Smallzy’s Surgery program.
Sheeran will also perform for Sunrise this week in his only Australian TV appearance during the promo tour. The TV performance will be on Wednesday morning with Sunrise promising he will “take over” the program on an episode branded “Breakfast with Ed”.
The Ed Sheeran World Famous Rooftop at Hanging Rock performance was broadcast across the Hit Network at 8am this morning on:
• Fifi, Dave, Fev and Byron, Fox FM Melbourne
• Em & Harley, 2Day FM Sydney
• Stav, Abby & Matt with Osher, Hit 105 Brisbane
• Amos, Cat & Angus, Hit 107 Adelaide
• Heidi, Will & Woody, Hit 92.9 Perth
Before the special went to air on 2Day FM, new co-host Harley Breen found himself hosting replays as his colleague Em Rusciano managed to sleep in. She eventually arrived at the studio close to 7.30am, admitting it was the first time she had slept in since starting in radio over a decade ago.
Broadcasting the 2Day FM breakfast show from Melbourne paid off this morning with Sheeran dropping in on the hosts shortly before the program ended. He was in the SCA Melbourne building also visiting Triple M’s The Hot Breakfast, where he performed for Eddie, Mick and Luke Darcy and their listeners.