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Ed Sheeran just played his single biggest capacity gig anywhere in the world

Rachel Lang

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Ed Sheeran just played his single biggest capacity gig anywhere in the world

British crooner Ed Sheeran will break his own record for the highest number of people at an Australian concert, less than 24 hours after he last smashed his previous record.

A whopping 110,000 fans set to rock up to see him rock out on Friday night at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

A massive 107,000 turned out on Thursday to see him play at the MCG.

Not only will Friday's gig for Sheeran's Mathematics concert will be the biggest ticketed event at the MCG, but it will also be the biggest concert the singer has ever played to.


But, despite the massive ticket sales, many fans were barred from entry due to another massive Ticketek failure.

The 32-year-old star kicked off the concert for his Mathematics Tour in Melbourne on Thursday to a record-breaking crowd of 108,000 fans.

The only issue was a large portion of them were denied entry to the Melbourne Cricket Ground after Ticketek failed to recognise their tickets.

Fans were left fuming at the gates of the iconic MCG in the midst of the ticketing chaos when security denied them access to the gig when the Ticketek digital app wigged out.


Of the seven gates available for fans to enter only one was actually open, with fans who had printed out their tickets permitted inside.

Fans of the UK born popstar were locked out when their tickets refused to download into their digital wallets.

Other fans struggled with the Ticketek app, with concertgoer Angelica James telling WA Today that app failed to load the barcode.

That meant that Sheeran fans had no way to can their way through the gate or access their tickets.


"[The app showed] the order number, customer ID and seating information but the thing that didn’t come up was the barcode,” she said.

“It would just continue to load and then time out.”

She arrived at the front of the queue to speak to security that she realised the fail wouldn't be able to get in.

"It wasn’t until we got to the front that they were saying 'no you cannot come through unless you have the barcode’," she added.


Eventually, fans who were denied entry to the error were able to head to the Ticketek office to get their tickets printed so they could get in.

But the chaos was set to continue for fans

James said: "There were thousands of people lining up [at the Ticketek office]. It was a sea. You literally couldn’t even tell there was a queue."

She eventually got to her seat with six minutes to spare.


Fans attending tonight's concert have been warned to download their tickets ahead of time after Thursday night's kerffufle.

Featured Image Credit: PA Images / Alamy Twitter/MartinPakula

Topics: Music, Ed Sheeran, Australia

Rachel Lang
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