Monday 19 March 2018

How long would you queue for U2 tickets? One superfan is already camping out

First in the queue for U2 Tickets that go on Public sale on Monday morning,Vincent Kearns pictured on Friday evening outside Stephens Green Shopping Center.

Ian Begley

A U2 superfan is braving the elements as he waits patiently outside Stephen’s Green shopping centre until tickets for their July concert go on sale on Monday.

Vincent Kearns from Rathfarnham plans to spend his 50th birthday in Croke Park rocking out to his all-time favourite band.

However, the school caretaker says his dedication to U2 meets no bounds as he is prepared to sit outside the Grafton Street shopping centre for three gruelling days.

“U2 have been my favourite band for over 30 years and I’ve been queuing like this on Grafton Street for over 20.

“I’ve seen them 72 times in total and this year it turns out that they will be performing in Ireland on my 50th birthday. I have no need to hire a venue or a band for my party because I have the biggest and best music group in the world.

“I’ll also be flying over to LA to see them this year which I’m really looking forward to because I’ve never been to the States before.”

Vincent says he is happily married with two children and three grandchildren, adding that they’re all supporting him in his noble feat.

“They are a bit worried now about me coming out this evening, but I’m well wrapped up. Even though tickets don’t go on sale until 9am on Monday I’ll be alright. Once you get past the first night the cold feeling goes out of your system and you can’t feel it.

“I more or less will have to wait here until someone else shows up so we can both take turns getting something to eat and going to the loo.

“There’s no fear of someone stealing my spot. It’s like a U2 type code where everyone respects each other while they’re in a queue.

I’ve met them all before and have gotten everyone’s photographs taken with me apart from Bono’s. When he was over here the last time I got him to sign my U2 book, but I was so excited I forgot to ask him for a picture.

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