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All we want is you for Glastonbury gig, U2 tell old pal

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

Published 17/06/2011 | 05:00

U2 and the BBC approached Declan Lowney to to direct the broadcaster's coverage of Glastonbury Festival
U2 and the BBC approached Declan Lowney to to direct the broadcaster's coverage of Glastonbury Festival

A FORMER RTE director will have one of the biggest jobs of his life when he oversees the BBC coverage of U2 at Glastonbury next week.

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Wexford man Declan Lowney has spent the past two weeks in the US on tour with U2 since the band and the BBC approached him to direct. The Glastonbury gig, which takes place in a week, is predicted to be the landmark concert of U2's record-breaking 360 tour.

For their performance on the massive Pyramid stage on Friday night, the band is expected to perform a 'Greatest Hits' set drawn from their 31-year career.

The gig will mark their debut performance at the famous UK music festival.

"I think the reason U2 asked me to get involved is they wanted somebody who knew all their material right back, and somebody who would be sympathetic to them," Mr Lowney (50) revealed yesterday.

His history with Bono and the boys stretches all the way back to the 1980s.

He first filmed them for 'Today Tonight', the RTE current affairs programme, in 1987 just as they broke in America and also captured them as they performed live on 'TV Gaga' at around the same time.

Since then, both parties have come a long way.

U2 have become global superstars while Mr Lowney, after directing the Eurovision Song Contest from Dublin aged 27, went on to make his name on British TV. He directed two series of 'Father Ted', and also helmed other hit comedies including 'Little Britain'.

"U2 were just working out what they wanted to do. The rehearsals were specific to Glastonbury," he said on the US live tour. They really needed a director who would spend time with them. It was great hearing all the songs again," he said.

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