In The New Hot Press: Ed Sheeran – The Night It All Started
Not ones to disagree with as many as 400,000 Irish fans, Hot Press gained exclusive insight into Ed Sheeran’s incredible career, ahead of his monumental Irish tour next month.
As he prepares to play to 1/12th of the Irish population, Stuart Clark gets the inside word on Ed Sheeran from some of his closest musical allies, recalls his own interviews with the stadium-filling superstar, and hears about his very first visit to Dublin home from home, Whelan’s. Speaking with a broad spectrum of people who have worked with Ed along the way, this exclusive preview traces Ed’s Irish roots, his development as one of the most ambitious solo performers in the world, and how he refused to comprise along his steep climb to the top. It also features an touching recollection by photo-journalist Barbara Lindberg on the crucial day when Ed met Damien Rice at show in Whelan's – a day now immortalised in a superb cover pic of the 13 year-old Ed, shot by Barbara.
Best known for his brilliant performance as Moriarty in hit TV show Sherlock, Irish actor Andrew Scott's latest film, The Delinquent Season, is a fascinating exploration of modern love. He discusses his excitement about working with Cillian Murphy on the movie, as well as offering his views on the Repeal referendum, Irish attitudes to sexuality, and the impact of the #metoo movement.
Helping us out on the festival front, we have extensive interviews with Manic Street Preachers, who talk about their new album Resistance Is Futile, and the tumultuous state of international politics; Delorentos, who return to the festival scene with their finest album to date, True Surrender; Bob Geldof, who pulls no punches as he talks about Repeal, the Pope, W.B. Yeats, and the Boomtown Rats supporting Queen this summer.
In our film section, Roe McDermott meets Jessie Buckley, to talk about her new serial killer flick Beast, and Andrew Buckley, to talk about appearing alongside Cillian Murphy in new film The Delinquent Season.