Ed Sheeran Arrives in Iceland

British pop star Ed Sheeran arrived in Iceland on Thursday ahead of two concerts he’ll hold at Laugardalsvöllur in Reykjavík this weekend, RÚV reports. The concerts are expected to draw 50,000 attendees.

Sheeran performed in Hungary on Wednesday and then flew straight to Iceland – possibly, it’s speculated, to give himself some time to do a little sightseeing. (This will be the musician’s first time putting on concerts in Iceland, but it isn’t his first time visiting. His last visit wasn’t all fun and games, though: as he told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, he burned his foot in a hot spring while visiting the country for his 25th birthday.)

Some 200 staff are now in the process of setting up the stage and preparing for Sheeran’s weekend shows. The musician actually brought his own stage, weighing 1,500 tonnes, with him, as well as 55 shipping containers with other equipment.

Ed Sheeran Tickets Sell Out in Two Hours

All 30,000 tickets on offer for the Ed Sheeran concert at Laugardalsvöllur in August 2019 sold out in two and a half hours, RÚV reports. The tickets went on sale on Thursday morning at 9:00 AM and sold out in two and a half hours.

There were 24,000 people waiting to buy tickets when the sale began; 15,000 people were waiting to purchase tickets when the concert sold out.

Ed’s performance will take place on August 10, 2019. It won’t the first time he’s visited Iceland—he famously burned his foot in a hot spring when visiting the country for his 25th birthday in 2017—but it is the first time he will be playing a concert here.

Ed Sheeran to Perform First Concert in Iceland

Ed Sheeran will be playing a concert in Reykjavík as part of his 2019 world tour, mbl.is reports. As he stated in the personalized tour greeting video he recorded for Iceland, Ed has visited Iceland before as a tourist, but this is the first time he’ll be performing in the country.

Per Ed’s preference, there will be no sponsors for his concert in Iceland, nor anywhere else on his tour, and there will also be no ticket pre-sale and no tickets sold to companies. Ticket sales are limited to eight tickets per person.

Per the Iceland-specific FAQ page on his website, there are also special measures in place to “personalize” each ticket sold. This is done, the website says, “[i]n order to put a stop to the secondary ticketing market, absurd prices and fan rip-offs.” However, it also means that since the name of the ticket purchaser is printed on the tickets, “[a]t the time of admission, at least the surname printed on the ticket must correspond with the identity document to be presented; the second (and possibly third and fourth) person only receives access at the same time as the person issuing the identity card.”

Tickets, which, in Iceland, start at ISK 15,990 [$145.62; €123.63] “for pitch standing area” will go on sale everywhere at the same time: September 27, 2018 at 9:00 AM.

Ed’s performance in Iceland will be on Saturday, August 10 at Laugardalsvöllur. Tickets will be sold through Tix.is/ED.