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U2 tickets for Belfast and Dublin concerts to be sold online in bid to stop reselling

By Staff Reporter

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

Instead, Ticketmaster tickets for the six Irish dates of their Innocence + 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 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 remained "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 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 (£21) to €185 (£134) in Dublin, before added charges.

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

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

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