Monday 19 March 2018

WATCH: 'It means everything' - Fans' delight as they secure U2 tickets after three-day queue

Sasha Brady

It wasn't all bad news for U2 fans this morning.

Tickets for U2's Joshua Tree 30th anniversary gig went on sale from Ticketmaster at 9am this morning but sold out in under six minutes.

Thousands of fans were left disappointed when they waited patiently online on the Ticketmaster site at book tickets, but did not manage to secure any.

The online tickets were snapped up immediately, and there were long queues outside retail outlets selling tickets too.

However, some fans fared better and there were plenty of celebrations outside Ticketmaster in St Stephen's Green as fans who braved the early-morning queue managed to secure tickets for the gig.

Rathfarnham fan Vincent Kearns had been queuing outside Stephen's Green since Friday afternoon and was delighted to get his hands on tickets.

I’m 50 on the day of the gig. I’ll have my family and friends around me there. And to think, almost 80,000 people will be there for my birthday," he said.

Bono and the lads rewarded the die-hard fans who had queued overnight with a special pizza delivery.

"We really really hungry so to think that they were somewhere thinking of us, it means a lot," said Mr Kearns.

Minutes after the tickets went on sale, a message popped up on the Ticketmaster site telling purchasers its reselling company, SeatWave, had tickets for sale.

Seatwave was listing tickets at an average price of €299.43. The highest price for an individual standing ticket was €800, more than €720 greater than the original price.

Fans took to Twitter to vent their anger following a frustrating and disappointing wait.

The show kicks off on May 12 in Vancouver, Canada before taking in cities across the US and Europe. U2 will perform The Joshua Tree in its entirety on each night of the epic stadium tour.

“It’s going to be a great night in Dublin,” Bono said when he announced the concerts. “Croke Park is where the album was born 30 years ago”.

He said in a statement that he had recently listened to the full album for the first time in nearly three decades, and called it “quite an opera.”

The Edge, U2’s guitarist, said: “It seems like we have come full circle from when The Joshua Tree songs were originally written, with global upheaval, extreme right-wing politics and some fundamental human rights at risk. To celebrate the album — as the songs seem so relevant and prescient of these times too — we decided to do these shows; it feels right for now.”

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