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U2 will finish European tour with four gigs in Dublin and two in Belfast in November

Tickets go on sale on Monday

Brian Hutton

Published 08/09/2015 | 21:13

Photo credit - Paolo Pellegrin
U2 Photo credit - Paolo Pellegrin
U2 star The Edge said not playing to a home crowd in Ireland would be a huge disappointment to the band (Danny North/U2/PA)
U2 play at Turin's Pala Alpitour Arena as the band kicks off the European leg of their Innocence and Experience tour

U2 will finish their European tour with six homecoming gigs in Ireland, the band has announced.

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Despite doubts over the suitability of venues for their Innocence + Experience shows, the rock stars have revealed two dates in Belfast and four in their native Dublin.

Photo credit - Paolo Pellegrin
U2 Photo credit - Paolo Pellegrin
VANCOUVER, BC - MAY 14: (L-R) Musicians Larry Mullen Jr., Bono and Adam Clayton of U2 perform onstage during the U2 iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour opener in Vancouver at Rogers Arena on May 14, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage) *** Local Caption *** Larry Mullen Jr.;Bono;Adam Clayton
The Edge said U2 want to add dates in Ireland

The band will play Belfast's SSE Arena on November 18 and 19 before four nights at Dublin's 3Arena on November 23, 24, 27 and 28.

Tickets for the shows go on sale at 9am next Monday.

They are limited to two per person and are priced from £30 to £165 for Belfast and from €30 to €185 in Dublin, before added charges.

"It is the first time the band will perform songs from their recent album Songs of Innocence to a home crowd," a U2 spokeswoman said.

Photo credit - Olaf Heine
U2 Photo credit - Olaf Heine

The album released last year charts the group's earliest experiences growing up in Dublin influenced by 70s rock, punk and early 80s electronica.

Over the weekend, the band said they were doing everything in their power to take the world tour to Ireland - with The Edge saying not playing to a home crowd would be a "huge disappointment".

The Innocence + Experience tour is only suitable for particular types of venue, the rock stars claimed, and fans were concerned its unique set would not fit in any indoor arena south of the Irish border.

In Turin on Saturday, The Edge told the Press Association: "This show is designed for a type of venue and unfortunately there isn't one, certainly in the south. I think there might be one in the Belfast area, so we're looking at that as well.

"But you can't invent a venue. It's either there or it isn't. So, we're doing a lot of head-scratching right now to see if we can figure out something."

The band has just kicked off the European leg of their world tour and will be playing a string of dates at The O2 in London and dates in Glasgow before playing Paris in November.

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