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

By Staff Reporter

Published 10/09/2015

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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 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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