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Diving back into tours summer 2023

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Many Ed Sheeran followers across the country are excited for the long awaited Mathematics tour. 21 of his shows will be in partnership with Khalid, following their collaboration on the song “Beautiful People” which dropped in 2019.

As summer rolls around, many top artists are getting ready to visit the DC area. Students are ecstatic to view their concerts and listen to their favorite music live.

June 24 – Ed Sheeran @ FedEx Field

A lot of anticipation has come with Ed Sheeran announcing his Mathematics tour consisting of his five albums, “+” (plus), “x” (multiply), “÷” (divide), “No. 6 Collaborations Project” and “=” (equals). With his most recent tour being the “Divide” tour in 2017-2019, almost six years ago, fans are excited and ready to see Sheeran perform again.

“I’m mostly excited for him to sing 18 and I got the tickets really cheap on Gametime for $70,” junior Ruthie Elman said.

For the Mathematics tour, goers can expect a mixture of his most popular songs selected from each of his albums. Sheeran kicked off his first show on April 23 in Dublin, Ireland and is scheduled to conclude his run on Sep. 23 in Inglewood, California.

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On May 3, 2023, Sheeran released a four episode documentary, “Ed Sheeran: The Sum Of It All” on Disney+ that brings you through his life as viewers get a behind the scenes look at some of his inspiration creating his biggest hits.

July 29 – Drake @ Capital One Arena

Releasing four albums in the past five years, Drake’s “It’s All A Blur” tour featuring 21 Savage is coming to Capital One Arena. Drake’s most recent album “Her Loss”, in which he collaborated with 21 Savage, dropped in Nov. 2022. Other past albums the two have collaborated on include “Honestly” and “Nevermind”. Fans are ecstatic as this will be the first tour Drake has gone on in five years. His tour starts in Memphis, Tennessee on June 29 and closes with the last show on Oct. 7 in Toronto, Canada.

“I’m very excited to see Drake. I have been trying to buy the tickets for awhile now but they were almost always sold out. I started listening to Drake in 5th grade, the song ‘God’s Plan’ really got me into his music,” sophomore Ethan Carrasco said.

August 26 – Morgan Wallen @ Nationals Park

Debuting his new album “One Thing at a Time,” which dropped March 3, the “One Day At A Time” tour gives fans a chance to have a night of singing along to their favorite country songs by Morgan Wallen. Special guests include HARDY, Bailey Zimmerman, ERNST and Parker McCollum, which vary depending on the show. But for every concert, tickets are extremely competitive to get.

“I went home during lunch and I had two log-ins, so I had two computers in front of me. Then I waited for like 30 minutes in the waiting room and finally got into the lobby and was able to pick my tickets,” junior Lynn Mckaig said.

Recent controversy began as Wallen announced on May 9 about taking a six week vocal rest after re-injuring his vocal cords. Wallen posted a video on Instagram announcing the news.

“I’ve got some bad news from my doctors … after taking 10 days of vocal rest, I performed three shows last weekend in Florida — and by the third one, I felt terrible…they told me that I re-injured my vocal cords, and that I have vocal fold trauma,” Wallen said.

Though fans are upset, Wallen promised a rescheduled date for each of the shows that were impacted.

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