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U2 tickets for Belfast and Dublin shows 'will not be sold at Ticketmaster outlets'

Total of six world tour gigs set to take place across island of Ireland

Published 09/09/2015

Bono has added his voice to calls for action to help refugees
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Handout photo of (left to right) Larry Mullen Jr, The Edge, Bono and Adam Clayton on stage during the U2 concert at Turin's Pala Alpitour Arena last night as the band kicks off their European leg of their Innocence and Experience tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday September 5, 2015. Bono drew attention to the plight of refugees during the concert. The frontman and activist said he did not have the answers to the refugee crisis but added that we "must work together" to find the solution. See PA story SHOWBIZ U2. Photo credit should read: Danny North/U2/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo of Bono on stage during the U2 concert at Turin's Pala Alpitour Arena last night as the band kicks off their European leg of their Innocence and Experience tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday September 5, 2015. The singer drew attention to the plight of refugees during the concert. The frontman and activist said he did not have the answers to the refugee crisis but added that we "must work together" to find the solution. See PA story SHOWBIZ U2. Photo credit should read: Danny North/U2/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo of U2 (left to right) Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr, Bono and The Edge ahead of their concert at Turin's Pala Alpitour Arena last night as the band kicks off their European leg of their Innocence and Experience tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday September 5, 2015. Bono drew attention to the plight of refugees during the concert. The frontman and activist said he did not have the answers to the refugee crisis but added that we "must work together" to find the solution. See PA story SHOWBIZ U2. Photo credit should read: Sam Jones/U2/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Handout photo of Bono on stage during the U2 concert at Turin's Pala Alpitour Arena last night as the band kicks off their European leg of their Innocence and Experience tour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday September 5, 2015. The singer drew attention to the plight of refugees during the concert. The frontman and activist said he did not have the answers to the refugee crisis but added that we "must work together" to find the solution. See PA story SHOWBIZ U2. Photo credit should read: Danny North/U2/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, Bono Vox, leader of Irish rock band U2, performs in Turin, Italy, on the occasion of the band's opening of their European tour. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)
In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, Bono Vox, leader of Irish rock band U2, performs in Turin, Italy, on the occasion of the band's opening of their European tour. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)
In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, Bono Vox, leader of Irish rock band U2, performs in Turin, Italy, on the occasion of the band's opening of their European tour. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)
In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, Bono Vox, leader of Irish rock band U2, performs in Turin, Italy, on the occasion of the band's opening of their European tour. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)
The Edge said U2 want to add dates in Ireland

Tickets for U2 shows in Belfast and Dublin will not be sold at Ticketmaster outlets.

Instead, Ticketmaster tickets for the six Irish dates of theiriNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE will only be sold online.

However, it will be possible to buy physical tickets at the SSE Arena in Belfast (formerly the Odyssey) and 3Arena in Dublin box offices.

The decision on a paperless delivery option is in an attempt to reduce reselling.

In an email today to agents seen by the Irish Times, Ticketmaster said: "This delivery method cannot be accommodated in ticket outlets. As a result, the capacity available to sell at outlets would be greatly reduced.

"In the interest of public safety, your safety and that of your nearby businesses, it has been decided that it would be unwise to have the public queue in the streets for this reduced number of tickets.”

Ticketmaster went on to state that it remains “committed to our outlet network and I trust you understand the reasons for this decision”, it is reported.

The world's biggest band will play the Belfast venue on November 18 and 19 before four nights at Dublin's 3Arena on November 23, 24, 27 and 28.

Tickets for the shows go on sale at 9am next Monday.

They are limited to two per person and are priced from £30 to £165 for Belfast and from 30 euro (£21) to 185 euro (£134) in Dublin, before added charges.

"It is the first time the band will perform songs from their recent album Songs of Innocence to a home crowd," a U2 spokeswoman said.

The album released last year charts the group's earliest experiences growing up in Dublin influenced by 70s rock, punk and early 80s electronica.

Over the weekend, the band said they were doing everything in their power to take the world tour to Ireland - with The Edge saying not playing to a home crowd would be a "huge disappointment".

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The Innocence + Experience tour is only suitable for particular types of venue, the rock stars claimed, and fans were concerned its unique set would not fit in any indoor arena south of the Irish border.

In Turin on Saturday, The Edge told the Press Association: "This show is designed for a type of venue and unfortunately there isn't one, certainly in the south. I think there might be one in the Belfast area, so we're looking at that as well.

"But you can't invent a venue. It's either there or it isn't. So, we're doing a lot of head-scratching right now to see if we can figure out something."

In a statement on Tuesday night, The Edge said: "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 band has just kicked off the European leg of their world tour and will be playing a string of dates at The O2 in London and dates in Glasgow before playing Paris in November.

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