Wednesday 21 March 2018

If you didn't get a ticket to U2 this weekend these events might be even better than the real thing

U2 play Joshua Tree 2017 tour date at Croke Park on Saturday

U2 are playing Croke Park this Saturday Photo: John Wright
U2 are playing Croke Park this Saturday Photo: John Wright
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Failed to nab a ticket to see U2 at Croke Park this weekend? Don't fancy sitting at home watching your Twitter feed light up with tantalising snippets of the gig? There are alternatives.

It comes courtesy of The Church Bar in Dublin's, just a stone's throw (or two) from the city centre venue.

The pub launches their U2 themed pop up bar 'UltraViolet' on Thursday and it runs until Saturday for their concert afterparty.

Expect to hear only U2 music on Thursday while one of Europe's leading U2 tribute bands, U2BABY, will play an Innocence and Experience style show with U2 classics spanning 40 years, on Friday from 10.30pm and Saturday from midnight.

PIC: The Church Bar
PIC: The Church Bar

The band has been nominated for the UK National Music Tribute Awards 2016 and their set will be accompanied by a light show.

They previously played the venue for U2's 40 and, of their performance, friend of U2 Guggi said, “I thought U2Baby were amazing. I think I prefer them to U2 – and it was much easier to get in!”

The U2 Fans Touring Group will be there along with other fan clubs and there will be U2 related prizes up for grabs.

Another tribute act, Dublin's Zooropa, are also playing ahead of Saturday's gig.  They're playing the Button Factory in Temple Bar on Friday night.  From 6pm there's a meet up for U2 fans and doors for the show from 7.30pm.

Zooropa will give a two hour performance with all the classics as well as newer U2 material. 

Also, during the day the Button Factory along with the Irish Rock 'N' Roll Museum will become a U2 hub welcoming fans from around the world with a 20% discount on their tour when you show them your ZOOROPA ticket.

Tickets for ZOOROPA €10 from Eventbrite.

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