Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 28 January 2015

Fans travel from across the world to see Springsteen

Odyssey gig: Springsteen plays Belfast with his E Street band
Odyssey gig: Springsteen plays Belfast with his E Street band

Springsteen fever will hit Belfast this weekend as the Boss returns to the Odyssey Arena for a record-breaking show.

Thousands of fans will pack into the venue tomorrow night to welcome Bruce and his E Street Band back to Belfast.

The concert is expected to be one of the most exciting highlights of this year's musical calendar.

When tickets for the Odyssey show were released in the summer, they sold out within eight minutes, breaking the previous 15-minute record set by Oasis.

Many fans were left disappointed when they were unable to get their hands on the coveted tickets.

But Aiken Promotions cheered them up by announcing three shows at the RDS in Dublin next year.

Springsteen and his band will play Dublin on May 22, May 23 and May 25 as part of his 2007/2008 tour.

Tickets for the May 22 concert sold out within minutes and the May 23 and 25 shows were immediately added on. These two also sold out.

Peter Aiken of Aiken Promotions said all attempts were made to beat the ticket touts with the announcement of the RDS gigs.

Tickets were limited to two per purchaser and outlets across the province were well stocked up in advance.

It is understood thousands of faithful Springsteen followers will travel from Europe and even the US to watch their hero in Belfast.

When fans were unable to get tickets for cities such as London and New York, they turned to Belfast instead.

Rob Vick from the Odyssey Arena said the majority of people attending the gig would be travelling from outside Northern Ireland.

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