It might not be a ‘Castle on the Hill’ but a boozer in Brum is just as good and that’s where superstar Ed Sheeran was spotted supping a pint with locals after recording his latest music video.
The ‘Galway Girl’ and ‘Lego’ singer seemed relaxed and cheerful in the Eagle ‘N’ Tun pub on New Canal Street on Friday afternoon (August 2) .
He was seen with what looks like a pint of lager and a packet of crisps on the bar with several people chatting nearby.
The pub said the music star had been filming his latest video inside along with Birmingham grime MC Jaykae and Aitch, who can also be seen in the photograph posted on its Facebook page.
Many commented on the pub’s Facebook page once it had posted the pictures.
One said: “Same as Ali Campbell 30 yr ago…..Sheeran is in MY seat.
Another posted: “Is he doing a red red wine remix?”
Another wrote: ” I wonder if he’s gonna do a song with UB40 ali and astro that be brilliant .”
A fourth said: “nah I’m so mad he got everyone free drinks and I didn’t even know he was there.”
The pub is well known for its links with Birmingham group UB40 and was famously the setting for the band’s Red Red Wine video.
The hit single topped the charts in August 1983 while the pub itself also took a starring role on the band’s 1987 album The Best Of UB40, featuring a compilation of songs recorded at the nearby DEP International Studio in Digbeth .
The Eagle N Tun closed its doors in 2008 but re-opened in 2016.
The Eagle & Tun Pub, Digbeth
(Image: Darren Quinton)
UB40 fans visit the Victorian pub from around the world and many of the original co-founding members including Jimmy Brown, Robin Campbell and Brian Travers paid a return visit to the pub three years ago.
Birmingham Live spoke to Brian previously.
He said the The Eagle & Tun had been the closest pub to the Dep International studios which the band had created out of a former abattoir.
“Sadly, they ended up being demolished about six years ago – it’s a car park now. I wrote the script for Labour of Love and the whole story took about a month.
“The Red Red Wine video was made in a day. “We would start at 7am and shoot till midnight.
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“When you got people in being filmed, you had to pay for the bar.
“There were local factories and people still lived round here, there were back to back houses down Fazeley Street.
“I think the word went out about ‘Free drinks in this pub’ and it was absolutely packed.
“Everybody was so smashed it made filming difficult.”
UB40 stars Earl Falconer, Jimmy Brown, Norman Hassan, Brian Travers and brothers Duncan and Robin Campbell at the Eagle and Tun pub in Digbeth, February 2015
(Image: Darren Qunton)