1000 Dunedin schoolkids band together for Ed Sheeran tribute

A huge chorus of ukuleles has filled Dunedin central to welcome Ed Sheeran to the city ahead of his concert.

One-thousand children from 42 schools took part in the performance, jamming to the singer's hit 'Photograph'.

Sheeran is in town for three concerts at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

The town has painted itself 'Ed' to celebrate the event, with a huge mural installed on Bath St and 'Ed' painted blue on local signage in reference to his latest album Divide.

He was quite chuffed with the welcome, pointing it out on his Instagram story.

"They've changed the name of their airport - so awesome," he could be heard saying in the clip.