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Saturday 3 December 2016

U2 finally announce six Irish dates to finish Innocence + Experience tour

U2 are to perform six concerts in Ireland in November
U2 are to perform six concerts in Ireland in November

U2 have finally confirmed six Irish dates for their Innocence + Experience tour and they are coming to Dublin.

The band will perform at Dublin's 3Arena on November 23, 24, 27 and 28 and Belfast's SSE Arena on November 18 and 19.

The Edge recently said there would be no shows in here because there were no indoor concert venues suitable for the show. However, the band's hard-working crew managed to adapt the stage to fit in the 3Arena.

"Finding venues to take this show is actually quite tricky and we're grateful to our overworked crew who finally cracked the reconfiguring to fit these venues," the Edge said last night.

"It was really hard to figure out a way of doing it, but we just had to make it happen," Bono said.

The concerts will mark the first time U2 have played their recent album Songs of Innocence to a home crowd.

Their 13th studio album is an ode to their hometown of Dublin and charts their experiences of growing up in the capital as teenagers.

At a press conference in Turin to mark the start of the European leg of their tour, the Edge said the Irish crowds are the "toughest" to perform for.

"It's a home crowd and they know us better than anyone else. They know all the references better than anyone else," he said.

"I would say it's the most appreciative and in some ways also the toughest crowd, because they know what to expect. They've high expectations."

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Bono said the Irish shows will be like an Irish wedding. "It's always tricky planning a wedding but I am so happy we're bringing this home."

Meanwhile, it was also announced that €2m from these concerts will go to Music Generation, Ireland's National Music Education Programme which currently provides high-quality subsidised music tuition to some 26,000 children and young people.

The programme was originally set up with €5m funding from U2's Croke Park shows in 2009, along with a further €2m raised by The Ireland Funds.

Tickets for the Irish shows go on sale at 9am next Monday and will be limited to two per customer.

Tickets are priced from £30 to £165 for Belfast and from €30 to €185 in Dublin, plus booking fees and charges.

Tickets can be bought at the 3Arena and SSE Arena box offices and online. A limited number of student-priced floor tickets will be available for sale online. For full details see www.U2.com/tour.

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