An Ed Sheeran lookalike needed to be moved to protection after being mobbed for selfies all over the singer’s gig in Manchester. Security guards stepped in after Wes Byrne was once feared to be growing a fireplace possibility – and moved him from his £82.50 seat to a VIP zone, the place tickets promote for greater than £1,000.
Wes who has prior to now met famous person Sheeran, purchased tickets to peer him carry out on the Etihad Stadium previous this month. But the 30-year-old, from Shaw, Oldham, needed to be rescued by means of his sister after hordes of lovers asking him for selfies as he made his method to the toilet.
Among the ones soliciting for footage had been former Love Islanders Callum Jones and Molly Smith, the Mirror stories. There was once this type of crowd that Wes, his sister Sammy, 33, and her eight-year-old son AJ needed to be moved to protection by means of safety.
Wes, whose favorite Sheeran track is You Need Me, I Don’t Need You, mentioned: “I were given a number of seems to be after I first walked in, but it surely wasn’t till the primary particular person requested for a selfie that the floodgates opened. Nearly everybody knew I used to be a lookalike, even if a couple of children idea I used to be the actual Ed.
“About quarter-hour ahead of Ed got here on degree, the queue for selfies with me was once the entire method down a line of steps and out an go out, so safety advised us to move with them to a couple govt seats. We weren’t complaining – it was once a significantly better view.
“It was AJ’s first-ever music gig and he thought all the attention was hilarious.”
Wes had by no means heard of Sheeran till 10 years in the past, when folks began telling him he appeared like the Bad Habits hitmaker. He now alternatives up additional paintings as a lookalike on best of his full-time activity as a council binman.
Wes mentioned: “Not a day goes by when I don’t get stopped or asked for a selfie. My girlfriend Leah absolutely hates it.”
Wes were given to satisfy his well-known lookalike at the set of an ad for Heinz tomato ketchup again in 2019. Sheeran loves the condiment such a lot, he has a tattoo of the bottle or even introduced out his personal emblem of the sauce, known as Edchup.
Wes recalled: “The advert was based on him, but he was touring so didn’t have time to stay for all the photos. I was called in for shots that were meant to be the side and back of his head.”
While he might seem like Sheeran, Wes doesn’t assume he can compete with the singer within the track stakes. I’m an terrible singer,” he mentioned. “I did try learning the guitar but I gave up because I was useless.”