Ed Sheeran said it himself on his 2014 album x – he is a mess.

And now local fans have been left wondering if his concert next month will go on as planned. The British singer had announced on his Instagram account that he will postpone several Asian tour dates following a bicycle accident.

Sheeran said that his shows in Taipei, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul and Hong Kong will be affected.

“A visit to my doctor’s confirmed fractures in my right wrist and left elbow that will leave me unable to perform live concerts for the immediate future,” he wrote in the caption.

He added that he will wait to see how his recovery progresses before deciding on the other shows lined up – including the ones scheduled for Singapore on Nov 11 and 12.

When tickets for Ed’s concerts were first released in May, hundreds of fans queued up overnight outside the box office of the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Others lined up outside Singapore Post outlets, where tickets were also available, or tried their luck online.

The Straits Times understands that the Singapore shows have not been cancelled or postponed yet.

Marketing executive Gary Ho recalled how he had spent hours on the Singapore Sports Hub’s ticketing site trying to purchase tickets for himself and three friends.

“The seating might not be the best, but at least we got tickets,” said the 27-year-old, who bought Category 3 seats. “I think I waited two or three hours for them.”

He and other fans are worried that they may not have another opportunity to watch Ed live if the singer-songwriter cancels his scheduled appearance here.

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“It will be rather upsetting (if the concert is cancelled) because huge acts like Ed Sheeran are hard to come by,” said Quraisya Mirza, a university student who bought Category 1 tickets.

The 24-year-old had suffered a similar disappointment in July, when American pop star Justin Bieber abruptly cancelled the last leg of his world tour, which included a stop in Singapore.

“As this is my first time attending his concert, I am very excited and looking forward to the night,” said Noor A’zimah Mohamed Yassin.

Added the accounts assistant: “I am keeping my fingers crossed that he won’t cancel his Singapore tour.”

And for those who did not buy tickets directly from the sellers, there is now an added worry.

A woman who wanted to be known only as Christine said she had paid $269 for a concert ticket from a reseller because she did not manage to snag tickets from the official sources before they were sold out.

When asked if she was concerned that she would not get a refund if the concert falls through, she said: “I’m sceptical – but I certainly hope that the concert will not be cancelled.”

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Text: Linette Lai / The Straits Times / October 2017

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