The singer-songwriter will perform from Dublin’s Whelan’s, where he witnessed a life-changing Damien Rice concert.
It’s been three years since VH1 last aired an episode of their acclaimed performance series Storytellers, but the show will make its grand return 2015 with a new slate of artists and a tinkered format: For the first time, the concerts will be broadcast live on VH1. First up is singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, who will perform January 24th from Whelan’s in Dublin, Ireland.
Another addition to this season of VH1 Storytellers is that the musicians will pick and perform at a venue that has personal meaning to them. Sheeran chose Whelan’s because it was at that intimate theater where he watched Irish singer Damien Rice more than a decade earlier, a concert that Sheeran credits with changing the trajectory of his life.
“It’s amazing to come back to perform at a place that means so much to me personally,” said Sheeran. “I was only about 11 or 12 years old when I saw Damien [Rice] play at Whelan’s, and that night literally changed my life. The time he spent talking with me after the show made all the difference. It inspired me in a way that I only hope to do for someone else.”
As is customary with Storytellers, Sheeran will tell the audience in the case of Whelan’s, only 400 lucky fans about the inspiration behind hit singles like “Don’t,” “Thinking Out Loud” and other X cuts. Following the live performance, VH1.com will stream an exclusive 30-minute after show featuring the singer.