If Janice Joiner gets the chance to meet music superstar Ed Sheeran, she plans to ask him over to her place for a roast dinner.
While it is unlikely the Oamaru woman will get that chance when she sees him perform at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium on March 31, she will at least get to see Sheeran do what he does best – captivate an audience.
The self-confessed Sheeran nut is known around Oamaru Intermediate School, where she works as a teacher aide, for her love of everything to do with the West Yorkshire native – from his dulcet tones and guitar-playing prowess to his mop of ginger hair.
“I actually love how versatile he is. He’s a songwriter, a producer, he plays the guitar, and I love his style of music,” Mrs Joiner said.
“I love the fact he can do folk songs and he can rap. He seems to be normal. It’s like stardom hasn’t got to him .. the fact he’s a redhead helps too.”
After she missed out on tickets for his first Dunedin show on March 29, Mrs Joiner, who also sports a head of red hair, had a feeling she would be luckier if a second show was announced.
When tickets were made available for the second show, she was still at work but teed up a girlfriend to go online for her.
“She texted me and I was like, ‘Woo-hoo’. I had a feeling I would get them. I was very excited.”
Mrs Joiner has already seen Sheeran perform, in Christchurch two years ago.
“It was one of the best concerts I’ve been to. He just sounds exactly the same on the CDs. There was him, his guitar and a loop. He didn’t have a band or anything.”
She is looking forward to the atmosphere inside the Dunedin stadium, and hearing Sheeran’s new music, which she will experience with daughter Annabel and two friends.
Asked to name her favourite Sheeran song, Mrs Joiner said there were too many to choose from.
“Just all of them, really. All ages love him. It’s not just teenagers or middle-aged ladies.”
Sheeran performs in Dunedin on March 29, March 31 and April 1 after three Auckland shows.
Waitaki Tourism Association chairman James Glucksman believes Oamaru’s accommodation sector will benefit from the tour.
“I would expect, given vast experience, that a large event of that nature in Dunedin always has a roll-on effect in Oamaru as people look for accommodation.”