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U2 fans in sit-out left confused over tickets for Belfast gigs

By Erinn Kerr

Published 14/09/2015

Co Down fans Cathy Delaney and Tracy Hussain brave the cold
Co Down fans Cathy Delaney and Tracy Hussain brave the cold
Frontman: Bono

A handful of U2 fans who queued outside the SSE Arena last night to be first in line for tickets to the band's Belfast gigs quit the queue in confusion over tickets.

Around 25 fans braved the weather for the tickets, which are available from 9am this morning online from Ticketmaster and from the former Odyssey arena.

But before they went on sale, a ticket had already appeared on eBay last night for an eye-watering £566.40.

First in line at the SSE for his £60 standing tickets was Stephen McCormick from Saul, Downpatrick.

The 33-year-old has seen U2 eight times and was determined not to miss out in Belfast.

"I've seen a lot of bands, but this is the one I keep coming back to," he said.

He said that some people left the queue last night as they were confused about how to buy the tickets. "You can't just hand cash over. You need ID and a debit or credit card that has to be taken to the concert," said Mr McCormick.

"I think some people had come with their husband or wife's card, and hadn't any matching ID," he said.

Tickets for the Belfast and Dublin shows were limited to two per purchaser and were priced at between £30 and £165 for Belfast and between €30 and €185 for Dublin, plus charges.

The hugely-successful Irish rockers will take to the stage at the rebranded SSE Arena on November 18 and 19, marking the end of their Innocence and Experience Tour.

But some have called promoters out on the disparity between prices north and south of the border with the Northern Irish dates racking up significantly higher price tags. One fan contacted the Belfast Telegraph newspaper to complain.

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