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Sunday 11 December 2016

Beautiful Day for U2 fans who braved the weather to get hands on precious tickets

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It was a Beautiful Day for diehard U2 fans who snapped up tickets to the band’s highly anticipated Dublin gigs.

Tickets for the Irish leg of The Innocence + Experience Tour in November went on sale at 9am this morning and sold out online within 20 minutes.

Many fans opted instead to collect the tickets in person at the 3Arena in Dublin.

Over 25 devoted fans slept outside the venue.

Laughed

Fabiola Scapini, originally from Brazil, had been queueing since 7pm on Sunday evening.

“I slept a little bit,” she laughed, clutching the two tickets she bought for two different nights. “It was worth it, though.”

Others began joining them early this morning.

“I drove up from Skerries and was here for six o’clock this morning,” said Pat Grimes, who queued for three hours to get tickets.

“My eldest son is a big fan. I brought him to his first gig when he was 16,” he said.

Dean Riordan (42), from Baldoyle, has attended every U2 tour since 1985.

“I’m here since 7am,” he told the Herald.

“I chanced my arm and it worked. I’ve been to too many concerts to remember. The last time I saw them here was ’89 in the old Point Depot.

“God knows when you’ll see them here again. I’ve been all over the world with them, been to Madison Square Gardens in New York a few times, been to Italy, Rome, the UK.”

One lucky fan arrived at the right time and only had to queue for 15 minutes.

“I’m on work’s time – Rock and Roll,” he said.

Tickets were sold out at the venue by 9.30am.

The Innocence + Experience album charts the group’s childhood in Dublin. The tour has received rave reviews.

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