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Mega-star Ed Sheeran swapped a crowd of 40,000 for one of 40 when he performed a secret gig in a Belfast pub after his sold-out Boucher Road concert.

The Galway Girl hit-maker arrived unannounced in Maddens Bar - the home of traditional folk music in the city - with some of his backing musicians after finishing on stage.

He wowed the punters with a short selection of his hits, some of which were sung by support act Anne-Marie.

Ed and his gang were a massive hit with the Maddens regulars including young barmaid Rhiannon McLaughlin, who passed her driving test the following day after words of advice from the Shape of You star.

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Fan out to see Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Fan out to see Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

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Fan out to see Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Fan out to see Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Fan out to see Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Fan out to see Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

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Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

L-R Tia Hughes (10), auntie Zoe Totten, Catherine Hawkes, and Charlene Wilson out to see Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

L-R Tia Hughes (10), auntie Zoe Totten, Catherine Hawkes, and Charlene Wilson out to see Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

L-R Chloe Dickey, Rachael Martin, and Lois Kane out to see Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

L-R Chloe Dickey, Rachael Martin, and Lois Kane out to see Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

L-R Shauna Rooney, Noleen Chisholm, Ciara McCann, and Claire Kelly out to see Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

L-R Shauna Rooney, Noleen Chisholm, Ciara McCann, and Claire Kelly out to see Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Fan out to see Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Fan out to see Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

L-R Emma McNeice, Heidi Sandell, and Emma-Louise Dunbar out to see Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

L-R Emma McNeice, Heidi Sandell, and Emma-Louise Dunbar out to see Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

L-R Katie Longmuir, mum Karen McKeown, and friend Jeyda Cross out to see Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

L-R Katie Longmuir, mum Karen McKeown, and friend Jeyda Cross out to see Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

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L-R Lindsey McCole, Nicola McMonagle, and Christina Harkin out to see Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

L-R Lindsey McCole, Nicola McMonagle, and Christina Harkin out to see Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

L-R Clare OÕBrien, Brenda Long, Orla Kearney, Aine Kearney, Caoimhe McCrossan, Shauna Kearney, and Niamh OÕBrien out to see Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

L-R Clare OÕBrien, Brenda Long, Orla Kearney, Aine Kearney, Caoimhe McCrossan, Shauna Kearney, and Niamh OÕBrien out to see Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

L-R Aine Crossan, Shannagh Taylor, Orlaith Crossan, and Maeve Magee out to see Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

L-R Aine Crossan, Shannagh Taylor, Orlaith Crossan, and Maeve Magee out to see Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

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Ed Sheeran fans from L-R Georgia Lavelle , India Hanna  and Chloe McIvor  at Boucher Road in Belfast on Wednesday evening,   with  around  42,000 people expected at Boucher playing fields for the Ed  Sheeran Concert.
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Ed Sheeran fans from L-R Georgia Lavelle , India Hanna and Chloe McIvor at Boucher Road in Belfast on Wednesday evening, with around 42,000 people expected at Boucher playing fields for the Ed Sheeran Concert. Photo Pacemaker Press

Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Ed Sheeran performing at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast. Wednesday 9th May 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Ed Sheeran fans Alana and Chris Mooney   at Boucher Road in Belfast on Wednesday evening around  42,000 people are expected at Boucher playing fields for the show. Pic: Pacemaker Press

Ed Sheeran fans Alana and Chris Mooney at Boucher Road in Belfast on Wednesday evening around 42,000 people are expected at Boucher playing fields for the show. Pic: Pacemaker Press

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Ed Sheeran fans at Boucher Road in Belfast on Wednesday evening,   with  around  42,000 people expected at Boucher playing fields for the Ed  Sheeran Concert.
Photo  Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Press 09/05/2018 Ed Sheeran fans at Boucher Road in Belfast on Wednesday evening, with around 42,000 people expected at Boucher playing fields for the Ed Sheeran Concert. Photo Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Press 09/05/2018
Ed Sheeran fans at Boucher Road in Belfast on Wednesday evening,   with  around  42,000 people expected at Boucher playing fields for the Ed  Sheeran Concert.
Photo  Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Press 09/05/2018 Ed Sheeran fans at Boucher Road in Belfast on Wednesday evening, with around 42,000 people expected at Boucher playing fields for the Ed Sheeran Concert. Photo Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Press 09/05/2018
Ed Sheeran fans at Boucher Road in Belfast on Wednesday evening,   with  around  42,000 people expected at Boucher playing fields for the Ed  Sheeran Concert.
Photo  Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Press 09/05/2018 Ed Sheeran fans at Boucher Road in Belfast on Wednesday evening, with around 42,000 people expected at Boucher playing fields for the Ed Sheeran Concert. Photo Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Press 09/05/2018
Ed Sheeran fans at Boucher Road in Belfast on Wednesday evening,   with  around  42,000 people expected at Boucher playing fields for the Ed  Sheeran Concert.
Photo  Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Press 09/05/2018 Ed Sheeran fans at Boucher Road in Belfast on Wednesday evening, with around 42,000 people expected at Boucher playing fields for the Ed Sheeran Concert. Photo Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Press 09/05/2018
Ed Sheeran fans   at Boucher Road in Belfast on Wednesday evening,   with  around  42,000 people expected at Boucher playing fields for the Ed  Sheeran Concert.
Photo  Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Press 09/05/2018 Ed Sheeran fans at Boucher Road in Belfast on Wednesday evening, with around 42,000 people expected at Boucher playing fields for the Ed Sheeran Concert. Photo Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Press 09/05/2018
Ed Sheeran fans   at Boucher Road in Belfast on Wednesday evening,   with  around  42,000 people expected at Boucher playing fields for the Ed  Sheeran Concert.
Photo  Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Press 09/05/2018 Ed Sheeran fans at Boucher Road in Belfast on Wednesday evening, with around 42,000 people expected at Boucher playing fields for the Ed Sheeran Concert. Photo Pacemaker Press

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Ed Sheeran fans From L-R Alana Keenan, Megan Toner and Tara Gray   at Boucher Road in Belfast on Wednesday evening,   with  around  42,000 people expected at Boucher playing fields for the Ed  Sheeran Concert.
Photo  Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Press 09/05/2018 Ed Sheeran fans From L-R Alana Keenan, Megan Toner and Tara Gray at Boucher Road in Belfast on Wednesday evening, with around 42,000 people expected at Boucher playing fields for the Ed Sheeran Concert. Photo Pacemaker Press

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Ed Sheeran fans  Carolyn  and Kevin Lenaghan (who got engaged at a previous Ed Sheeran Concert in London)   at Boucher Road in Belfast on Wednesday evening,   with  around  42,000 people expected at Boucher playing fields for the Ed  Sheeran Concert.
Photo  Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Press 09/05/2018 Ed Sheeran fans Carolyn and Kevin Lenaghan (who got engaged at a previous Ed Sheeran Concert in London) at Boucher Road in Belfast on Wednesday evening, with around 42,000 people expected at Boucher playing fields for the Ed Sheeran Concert. Photo Pacemaker Press

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Ed Sheeran fans   at Boucher Road in Belfast on Wednesday evening,   with  around  42,000 people expected at Boucher playing fields for the Ed  Sheeran Concert.
Photo  Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Press 09/05/2018 Ed Sheeran fans at Boucher Road in Belfast on Wednesday evening, with around 42,000 people expected at Boucher playing fields for the Ed Sheeran Concert. Photo Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Press 09/05/2018
Ed Sheeran fans   at Boucher Road in Belfast on Wednesday evening,   with  around  42,000 people expected at Boucher playing fields for the Ed  Sheeran Concert.
Photo  Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Press 09/05/2018 Ed Sheeran fans at Boucher Road in Belfast on Wednesday evening, with around 42,000 people expected at Boucher playing fields for the Ed Sheeran Concert. Photo Pacemaker Press

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Ed Sheeran fans From L-R Amy Turner and Emma Martin    at Boucher Road in Belfast on Wednesday evening,   with  around  42,000 people expected at Boucher playing fields for the Ed  Sheeran Concert.
Photo  Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Press 09/05/2018 Ed Sheeran fans From L-R Amy Turner and Emma Martin at Boucher Road in Belfast on Wednesday evening, with around 42,000 people expected at Boucher playing fields for the Ed Sheeran Concert. Photo Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Press 09/05/2018
Ed Sheeran fans   at Boucher Road in Belfast on Wednesday evening,   with  around  42,000 people expected at Boucher playing fields for the Ed  Sheeran Concert.
Photo  Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Press 09/05/2018 Ed Sheeran fans at Boucher Road in Belfast on Wednesday evening, with around 42,000 people expected at Boucher playing fields for the Ed Sheeran Concert. Photo Pacemaker Press

"He was so friendly and so too were the other members of his band, it was like having your own personal concert," said the teenager.

Earlier on Wednesday Ed wowed 40,000 fans at the rain-soaked Boucher Road playing fields, tickets for which cost an eye-watering £80.

But later that evening the 27-year-old performed for free to a much smaller, but nonetheless appreciative crowd in Maddens Bar which is in Berry Street at the back of the CastleCourt shopping complex.

The founder of Gingerbread Man Records looked relaxed as he chatted with fans and signed autographs.

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Another punter told Sunday Life: "He had his guitar with him so he must have arrived with the intention of playing a few hits.

"He was happy to chat away with the locals and have a drink. He really seemed to enjoy himself in the pub.

"Maddens is famous in Belfast for traditional music and someone in Ed's team heard about this and told him it would be a good place to relax after the gig. Everyone had a great time and were singing along while he played the guitar."

Ed is due to play at Pearse Stadium in Galway tonight followed by two dates in Dublin's Phoenix Park before his tour heads to England.

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