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Saturday 24 August 2019

Fans travel from far and wide to see U2 rock Belfast

U2 fan Rita Castelean, from Brazil
U2 fan Rita Castelean, from Brazil

Emma Jane Hade

U2 returned to Ireland last night to reclaim their rock and roll throne.

Bono strolled on stage flanked by his bandmates The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr and Adam Clayton - the first time the band has played in Belfast in 18 years.

They had been due to play Paris at the weekend, but cancelled their two shows in honour of the victims of the recent terror attacks.

The band performed an electric set which featured a string of hits from their current album 'Songs of Innocence' and extensive back catalogue.

They opened the show with 'The Miracle of Joey Ramone' from their latest album, before launching into 'The Electric Co' from their debut album 'Boy'.

Other hits included 'The Sweetest Thing', which Bono penned for his wife Ali Hewson, 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' and 'Zooropa'.

Close to 11,000 fans, including several 'Game of Thrones' stars, flocked to the show last night.

Devoted fanatics travelled from all over the world to hear U2 perform at Belfast's Airtricity Arena.

Many took part in the 'White Out Belfast' campaign which aimed to demonstrate peace and solidarity in light of the French attacks.

Danish fan Connie Maria Westergaard travelled from Copenhagen.

"I have stopped counting how many U2 concerts I have been to," she told the Irish Independent.

Finglas couple Paul and Samantha Boland have seen the band play over 100 times.

Brazilian native Rita Castelean lives in London and she travelled to Belfast to see the tour after taking in shows in Antwerp and London.

U2 will next week make the journey to their hometown of Dublin where they will play four concerts at the 3 Arena.

Irish Independent

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