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Northern Ireland band Beoga join Ed Sheeran on Glastonbury stage

Ed Sheeran headlined Glastonbury Festival for the first time on Sunday.

Northern Ireland-based trad band Beoga made their Glastonbury debut on Sunday night as they joined Ed Sheeran on stage during his headlining set.

The five-piece have previously collaborated with the award-winning singer on his latest album 'Divide' - producing two tracks with the star, Nancy Mulligan and Galway Girl.

The band took to the iconic Pyramid stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset to join Ed in a rendition of Nancy Mulligan in front of thousands of fans.

Following the massive performance, the group had simply this to say on Twitter:

Ed's first headlining set at the Festival was hailed a huge success, despite the star admitting he was battling nerves as he appeared on stage.

The chart-topping star opened his set with a rousing rendition of his hit Castle On The Hill, before pausing to speak to the huge crowd.

“Glastonbury, how are you doing?” he said.

“I have to admit, I’m very nervous, but I’m very excited, very excited.”

Sheeran, 26, asked those fans that knew his songs to sing along, and those that did not to “pretend that you know them”.

The singer said this year’s set was very different to his first Glastonbury experience in 2011, when he performed to “about 500 people”.

Glastonbury !

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Sheeran then launched into a string of his hits, including Eraser, Bloodstream and The A-Team.

Other highlights of the musical extravaganza have included Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Stormzy, Katy Perry and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

There will be no Glastonbury Festival in 2018 as it is a fallow year, but festival organiser Michael Eavis said it would be back in 2019.

“The farm needs a rest. So does the village and the wildlife,” he said.

In 2020, Glastonbury Festival will celebrate its 50th year.

“We’re already booking acts for that one,” Mr Eavis said. “Half a century. It’s an incredible feat, actually. We’ve been through so many struggles to get here.”

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