Friday 15 December 2017

U2 announce second dates for London, Rome, Amsterdam and Paris... but not for Dublin

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

U2 will play second dates in London, Rome, Paris and Amsterdam but the Irish band will not be performing for a second night in Dublin.

Tickets for the band's gig in Dublin on July 22 were snapped up in just six minutes on Monday, with many speculating that a second date would be added.

However, fans who missed out on tickets were left disappointed when a spokesperson announced that there would be "only one date" in Dublin for the European leg of their Joshua Tree Tour.

Now the band has announced it will play four more gigs at Twickenham, London on July 9, the Olympic Stadium in Rome on July 16, the Stade de France in Paris on July 26 and the Amsterdam Arena on July 30.

Tickets for these shows will go on general sale next Monday January 23.

Meanwhile, a number of U2 tickets became available on official and black market websites last week after diehard fans with access to pre-sale tickets chose to sell them on for a profit.

Tickets for the July 22 gig are priced from €39.05 (including booking fee) right up to €186 but they are now appearing on SeatWave for almost 13 times above face value.

Sources in the industry said a flurry of activity has seen fans splash out to guarantee their places at the gig.

A spokesman for Ticketmaster said the Seatwave prices are not set by the company but by the person who is selling the tickets on.

"The thing about Seatwave is that it is a safe and secure market so tickets would be genuine. The ticket prices are set by the seller, which in this instance is not Ticketmaster, but that price may not necessarily be secured by the seller.

"Ticketmaster is just facilitating the sale."

Fine Gael TD Noel Rock, who has prepared a bill that would ban ticket touting, criticised the ticket retailer.

"We need this law to be enacted as soon as possible," he said. "Right now, the present situation suits touts, it suits Ticketmaster-owned Seatwave and as they make a commission from both buyer and seller, it suits Ticketmaster as it drives up early demand."

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