Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran became one the fastest sell-outs in recent history for his Thursday night Empress Ballroom concert.
Signed to Asylum/Atlantic records, the Halifax-born and for a while Hebden Bridge-based performer who grew up in Farmlington, Suffolk, only broke through commercially in June last year when his debut single, The A Team, debuted at number three on the UK chart.
At the time it was the highest-selling and highest-charting debut single of 2011. His debut album, simply titled +, was also a best seller.
Earlier this year Ed was on a high after his success at the Brit Awards.
The 21-year-old won the Best British Male Solo Artist and Best Breakthrough Act and also performed his song Lego House at the star-studded Brits ceremony at London’s O2 Arena.
Ed beat rapper Professor Green, James Blake, James Morrison and Noel Gallagher to the prize for best British male.
“I honestly didn’t think I’d get this one,” he said.
His ascendancy to the big time also led to him having the honour of performing at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert last June.
All tickets for his Blackpool debut sold out within hours of being made available to the public.