Ed Sheeran was joined on stage by the Ukrainian band Antitila during a concert in Poland.
His rock group, led by lead singer Taras Topolia, made a surprise appearance at the PGE Narodowy venue in Warsaw on Saturday night for the live premiere of their collaboration with the British star.
Earlier this year, they collaborated on recording a new version of Sheeran’s 2step to raise funds for Music Saves UA, a nonprofit fundraising project that provides humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine.
Over the next 12 months, worldwide royalties from official YouTube video streams and Warner Music proceeds from these streams will be donated to the project.
Sheeran shared a series of photos from the show, including one of them holding a Ukrainian flag aloft.
He wrote: “156,000 in Warsaw! One of our favorites from the whole tour.
“Thank you @antytila_official for coming to the border to sing with me, and thank you Poland! What a time. “
Antytila shared a behind-the-scenes photo at the venue and said: “@teddysphotos and Antytila finally united and sided with Ukraine!
“Thank you Ed and all the team! You guys are wonderful people with big hearts! “
Frontman Topolia also shared a selfie with Sheeran on Twitter and simply wrote: “Finally we meet.”
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Members of Antytila are serving on the front lines of the war, with Topolia doing the work of the ambulance.
In May, he explained the meaning behind the remix to the BBC, saying: “It’s a simple story but very dramatic.
“It is not only my own story, but also the story of millions of Ukrainians, whose peaceful lives have been interrupted by the war.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/ed-sheeran-joined-by-ukrainian-band-for-live-debut-of-collaborative-track-41942882.html Ed Sheeran joins Ukrainian band for live release of collaboration track