Belfast and Dublin Shows Sold Out

Tickets for U2's "homecoming" gigs in Belfast and Dublin sold out around 30 minutes after they went on special on Monday morning.

The Irish rock band will complete their current European visit with two shows in Belfast on 18 and 19 November, trailed by four dates at Dublin's 3Arena.

Tickets went at a bargain at 09:00 BST on Monday, however a few fans lined overnight outside the show venues.

As expected, there was a scramble this morning to buy tickets for U2's Irish concerts, with 40,000 tickets for the Dublin dates selling out in 35 minutes and 17,000 tickets for the Belfast dates snapped up within hours of going on sale. The band will play four gigs in Dublin and two in Belfast in November, and tickets were only available from the venue box offices, Dublin's 3Arena and Belfast's SSE Arena, and Ticketmaster online. Tickets were limited to two per person and were priced from €30 to €185 for Dublin and from £30 to £165 for Belfast.

People started queuing outside Dublin's 3Arena on Sunday afternoon. Fans were later allowed to wait inside overnight. It is estimated that there were a couple of hundred fans queuing at the venue this morning.

U2 Annouces Belfast and Dublin Shows

Nick Walker / U2TOURFANS 2015

Nick Walker / U2TOURFANS 2015

New York: U2’s iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE  European Tour 2015 will finish with six home shows in Ireland -  two shows in Belfast on 18th & 19th November and four shows in Dublin on 23rd + 24th, 27th + 28th November.

Tickets for the Irish shows go on sale at 9am on Monday 14th September,  will be limited to 2 per purchaser and are priced from £30 to £165 for Belfast and from €30 to €185 in Dublin, plus charges. Tickets can be bought at the venue box offices and online.

Was that U2 spotted around Belfast bar ?

Caitlin McCormack, who works in Frames Bar, looks at the poster for Killing Bono If you dander past Little Donegall Street in Belfast over the next few days and wonder if you have stepped back in time, don’t fret, it’s not the 1980s — despite the obvious reference.

Yesterday passers-by were intrigued by the appearance of a massive poster advertising the release of arguably U2’s greatest album, The Joshua Tree.

The iconic image of a very young, sombre-looking group of lads from Dublin has been mounted across the front of the Frames complex, with two side banners heralding the release of the band’s fifth studio album.

Of course, The Joshua Tree was released in 1987. So why the advertisement? Well, the poster (and Little Donegall Street) is part of a scene from music comedy Killing Bono, being filmed in Belfast.

The movie, which stars Ben Barnes from Chronicles Of Narnia fame and Channel 4 ‘Misfit’ Robert Sheehan, is based on a book written by Neil McCormick, who went to school with U2 frontman Bono.

I Was Bono’s Doppelganger tells the story of McCormick and his brother Ivan’s attempt to forge a career in the music industry during the 1970s. But the pair fail to find success, while Bono and Co went on to achieve superstar status.

The last day of filming is tomorrow. There will be a night shoot from 8pm - 5am outside Frames on Library Street. and if you want to be part of it as an extra just go along in 80’s fashion. Text 07792490926 with your full name to confirm you’re going. Remember its outside so wear sensible clothing.