The two shows in Belfast on November 18 and 19, and four shows in Dublin on November 23, 24, 27, and 28, sold out as quickly as sales could be processed, leaving many fans disappointed not to be enjoying a ‘Beautiful Day’ at the gigs
Tickets were priced between €30 and €185 for the Dublin shows, and between £30 (€40) to £165 for the Belfast gigs.
It was worth the wait for the fans who braved the weather and queued in person at the 3Arena in Dublin and Belfast’s SSE Arena.
All those who queued overnight succeeded in buying tickets. Purchases were restricted to two tickets per person, both on and offline, to make sure as many fans as possible got tickets.
Arthur Fogel of U2 tour promoter Live Nation said the fans were really happy with how the tickets had been sold.
“In addition to the fan-club and online sales, the band wanted fans in Dublin and Belfast to have the extra option to buy at the venue. It has worked really well today. When the fans are happy, we’re happy,” he said.
Tickets were already re-selling for huge amounts on websites such as StubHub yesterday.
For a ticket in the D tiered seated section directly in front of the stage for the November 24 show, you would have to fork out a cool £2,714 (€3,697).
Some €2m from these concerts will go to Music Generation, Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, which provides high quality subsidised music tuition to 26,000 children and young people.
Music Generation was originally set up with €5m funding given by U2 when they played Croke Park 2009, along with a further €2m from The Ireland Funds.