Ed Sheeran is filming Radio 1 Big Weekend performance at Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings.

Ed Sheeran is set to record his BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend performance at Snape Maltings - Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA Images/Sarah Lucy Brown

Ed Sheeran's performance for this year's BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend is being filmed at Snape Maltings - close to his home near Framlingham.

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Ed Sheeran headlines the launch of BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend 2021 with a live gig from Snape - Credit: Jamie Simmonds

The Suffolk superstar has been taking time off to raise a family since finishing his Divide world tour in August 2019 with a series of four homecoming gigs at Ipswich's Chantry Park.

Sheeran has since released an album of duets - but BBC's Radio 1 Big Weekend, which is being streamed online due to the coronavirus crisis, will be his first performance for some time.

It is understood that the concert has already been filmed and the BBC will be screening it 'as live'  as part of Friday's launch of Radio 1's Big Weekend..

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Ed Sheeran headlines Radio 1's Big Weekend of Live Music 2021 from the Snape Maltings - Credit: Jamie Simmonds

The BBC said the online event had been designed for fans to enjoy with friends "in parks, on beaches, in pub gardens" or in their own homes.

Snape's Roger Wright, chief executive of Britten-Pears Arts, said: “We were delighted that that Ed – one of the world’s greatest pop stars – chose our internationally renowned Suffolk venue for his performance for Radio 1’s Big Weekend of Live Music. We are really looking forward to tuning in this weekend.”

He added that as Ed's performance had been filmed, the pop legend would not be on-site on Friday and fans should not come down expecting to see him.

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Sheeran is headlining the Bank Holiday online event, which will also feature Coldplay, Jorja Smith and AJ Tracey.

Other headliners will include Anne-Marie, Celeste, London Grammar, Mabel, Royal Blood and Mercury Prize winners Wolf Alice

Exact timings will be announced later this week. Live links will be available through the BBC Radio 1 website.

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