This post has been archived from March 2017; updated in June 2017:

Ed Sheeran will release his third album ÷ (or Divide, whichever way you look at it) tomorrow, with his return to the live stage set to follow soon after. Kicking off a full-scale arena tour next month through into early-May, this year’s plans may seem slightly ‘sombre’ against the backdrop of his three Wembley shows in 2015, however there’s more on the way.  

In the latest issue of Music Week, Ed’s manager Stuart Camp has suggested that this is all just the warm-up for a bigger 2018. 

“In 2018, we just do stadiums” tells Camp, adding “I knew three nights at The O2 would be an underplay and create a bit of fuss, but I didn’t realise quite how much. But to be fair, we wanted to play this year and we can’t do all the stadiums all the time, because they’re weather dependent, so we knew we’d do arenas first. But in summer ‘18 there’s a lot of outdoor shows, a proper stadium tour, even obscure stadiums!”

UPDATE 27th June 2017: Ed has now confirmed the imminent announcement of his UK and Europe stadium tour dates: