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Troubles recreated in Belfast for new U2 video


Filming in Belfast

Filming in Belfast




Filming in Belfast

BELFAST was returned to the dark days of the Troubles as a film crew turned the streets into a war zone for U2's latest music video.

Smoke billowed from the New Lodge area yesterday - which was transformed to look like the 1970s - as a dramatic scene involving what appeared to be a bomb blast was captured for the Dublin rockers' single.

There had been speculation that the filming related to The Troubles single on their latest album Songs of Innocence, but it is now thought the footage will form part of the narrative into U2's next track from their Songs of Innocence album - Every Breaking Wave.

In what was the third day of filming in Belfast, images from the set showed people fleeing from the blast. Extras lay strewn among rubble by a burnt out car as the limping wounded are helped from the scene.


It's not the first time the area has been used as a location for a music video.

In 2011, music superstar Rihanna brought the area to a standstill as local residents rushed to watch her shoot the video for her hit song We Found Love.

U2 is currently releasing tracks from their latest album which was given away to half a billion iTunes customers in September before its general release.

Frontman Bono is recovering after breaking several bones in a bad bike crash in New York.