An Ed Sheeran fan has travelled “36 hours in a tin can” from New Zealand to see the singer end his tour with four homecoming gigs.
Up to 160,000 people are expected to watch the singer-songwriter as he starts the end of his record-breaking Divide tour in Ipswich on Friday.
By the end of the run Sheeran will have spent 893 days on the road – beating U2’s record of 760 days.
Fans from around the world have started queuing at Chantry Park.
Gary Mills moved to New Zealand in 1979 and has flown his family back to Ipswich for Friday’s concert.
“When Divide came out, especially Castle on the Hill, I was out walking the dog and I must have listened to it on a loop for about 20 minutes,” he said.
“It’ll be fantastic just to be there, the atmosphere, to listen and enjoy the first homecoming concert with everybody else. It’s kind of a dream come true.”
Elizabeth Lara Villacis, 22, and Daniel Fuxa, 29, met through a Sheeran fan group in Majorca five years ago.
This will be their third time seeing the singer as a couple, but their first in the UK after moving to Cromer, Norfolk.
“We’ve moved here now and continue the love story and Ed too,” said Miss Villacis.
Sheeran was born in Yorkshire but moved to Framlingham in Suffolk at a young age.
Many of his songs reference the county, including his “love song” to Suffolk, Castle on the Hill.
Francesco Pisu, 21, and Mattel Spiga, 20, have travelled to Ipswich from Sardinia to celebrate their three-year anniversary.
“We wanted to come here because we love him,” said Mr Spiga.
The whole of his old school, Thomas Mills High School, will be watching Sunday’s show after the singer gave staff and pupils free tickets.
The singer’s former music teacher Richard Hanley described it as “a typically generous act”.
Pupils from the school will be performing on stage after their band Salvador was chosen to be on the line-up.
The singer-songwriter’s tour has surpassed U2’s 7.3 million record attendance and has averaged 34,541 people per show over the 255 shows.
It is the highest grossing and most attended tour ever.
A free exhibition which opened on Monday, curated by his father John, features a letter informing Sheeran he got straight Fs in a music course after dropping out.
One person who will almost have a front row seat is Tina Cook, who can see the stage from her garden.
“My daughters bought me a ticket so I am going on Friday. I didn’t need to go, I will be able to hear it from here, every night,” she said.