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 To Will Tour Ireland

Lisa Heinzel/ U2TOURFANS 2015

Lisa Heinzel/ U2TOURFANS 2015

Bono has confirmed that U2 will be playing “Innocence and Experience” shows in Ireland at the end of November.

“We are coming home... it was really hard to figure out a way of doing it, but we just had to make it happen,” he told The Irish Times after coming off stage on Saturday night in Turin following the band’s second show in the city.

The city or cities they will play in, the exact dates and venue names will be made public soon as well as information about ticketing for the shows.

The difficulty for the band in playing Ireland was that the stage configuration of the current tour is simply too big to fit into any Irish venue.

“We found a way to reformat the show, to literally rebuild it for the Irish shows,” says Bono.

“It got to the stage where we just had to tell our people “You have to make this happen, you have to make this work, this is where we are from and we have to bring the tour home.”

“I am so happy we are bringing this home,” adds Bono. “These Irish shows will be like an Irish wedding. It is always tricky planning a wedding – who sits besides who could ruin it!”

Reports in U2 to play in Dublin in December

It is believed that U2 are planning five Dublin concerts this December to mark the end of their Innocence and Experience tour.

According to a report in The Sunday World more than 72,000 tickets are due to go on sale for the shows at the 3Arena in the coming weeks. This will be the first time U2 have played the venue since December 1989, when it was known as The Point. 

U2 Raw, Naked and Intimate

A throw back to the eighties with new album images offers a rare view into Larry’s shy world. U2 say the album cover reflects "the new songs and their inspiration in the early years of U2 as teenagers in Dublin."

According to a statement on, the artwork by British fashion photographer and film director Glen Luchford, "resonates with the band's iconic 1980 debut album Boy - and the album War, three years later." 

Both of those albums featured the face of Peter Rowen, the younger brother of Guggi, Bono's childhood friend growing up on Cedarwood Road in Dublin.

Their music has always been about community, family, faith and friends this new project reflects a very intimate side that should stand on its own. Bono said, “With this record we were looking for the raw, naked and personal, to strip everything back” and the images on the album reflect the innocence and the unique relationship of a parent and child.

The photo shoot with Larry and his son was really an experiment however; everyone loved it because of its visual metaphor and thought this was a prefect image to use on the album.

"If you know the album, you will see the themes in the visual language, how 'holding on to your own innocence is a lot harder than holding on to someone else's" said Bono.

The release date has been set for October13th  and will be available in three formats, with exclusive bonus material including two new studio tracks, two alternative versions, and a 6-song acoustic session.