Coldplay to be the first to play new O2 at the Point
British superstars Coldplay will be performing a monster gig at the revamped Point Theatre this Christmas.
The Herald can reveal that Chris Martin and his chart-topping bandmates will be belting out the hits on the stage of the €850m development.
In the first concert confirmed for the new venue, which has been renamed the O2, the record-breaking group has just added a Dublin date to their worldwide tour and will now play here on December 21.
And tickets costing up to €59.80 including booking fee for their fully-seated gig in the 14,000-seater venue are expected to snapped up like hotcakes when they go on sale this Friday at 9.0am.
"This is going to be one of the biggest concerts of the year and there's no better place to have it than in the new O2 building," said a music source. "It was a huge coup getting them to come over and 'christen' the venue with this one-off performance.
"They're one of the most popular bands in the world right now and promoters shouldn't find it too hard to shift the tickets," the source added. "When Coldplay announced they were performing at the Odyssey Arena, they sold out within minutes. It will be the same thing for their Dublin concert."
Currently riding high in the UK and global music charts with their fourth album Viva la Vida, they have enjoyed five weeks at number one here. Their reign finally came to an end this week after they were knocked off the top spot by DJ Basshunter.
Now on the road as part of their worldwide tour, they're performing in the US and Canada over the coming weeks then playing a sell-out gig in Tokyo and prestigious venues across Europe, before they take to the stage at the O2 arena.
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