The show must go on

You can’t keep a good man down, including musician Ed Sheeran. In 2022 he embarked on his so-called ‘Mathematics Tour’ to promote his fifth album, recorded in studios while venues were closed in 2021.

The + – = ÷ x tour has three legs: Europe, North America and Oceania and at the time of writing will feature 64 individual shows. The staging is complex, the kit list is endless, plus of course there’s Ed, his team, the broadcast rights and audience safety to think about.

The London market insures this tour and many others, so that if something does goes wrong, the show stays on the road.

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