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U2 to end European tour at home with four Dublin shows

Ciara Treacy

Published 09/09/2015 | 02:30

The last time U2 played in Dublin was at three sold-out shows in Croke Park in 2009
The last time U2 played in Dublin was at three sold-out shows in Croke Park in 2009

U2 fans can breathe a sigh of relief as the band announced they will bring their European tour to home soil - however they can expect to pay up to €185 for a ticket.

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After much speculation, the Dublin band have confirmed they will bring their European tour to a close in Belfast and Dublin, with six additional shows announced.

The 'Innocence and Experience' tour will be brought to the cities between November 18-28, after some rearrangements which have made the shows possible.

"Finding venues to take this show is actually quite tricky and we're grateful to our overworked crew who finally cracked the reconfiguring to fit these venues," said The Edge last night.

It is the first time the band will perform songs from their latest album, 'Songs of Innocence' - which charts their experiences growing up in Dublin - to a home crowd.

The last time U2 played in Dublin was at three sold-out shows in Croke Park in 2009.

Now the group will play in Belfast's SSE Arena, on November 18 and 19. The final leg of the tour will be in Ireland's capital, with Dublin's 3Arena to host gigs on November 23, 24, 27 and 28.

"In the 18 years that I have worked with U2, the home shows are always very special. These shows promise to be brilliant," said Arthur Fogel, CEO of Global Touring Live Nation Entertainment.

The tour kicked off in Vancouver in May. In its US leg, the band was joined on stage by stars including Bruce Springsteen and Lady Gaga.

Tickets for the Irish shows go on sale at 9am on Monday, September 14. They will be limited to two per person and in Dublin will range in price from €30 to €185. Fans in Belfast will pay between £30 and £165. Other charges will apply.

Tickets can be bought at the venues' box offices and online.

Irish Independent

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