U2 Announces Hometown Shows

U2 is wrapping up its iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour where the band got its start in 1976. Along with four shows in U2’s hometown of Dublin, the band announced two performances in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Photo: Rich Fury / Invision / AP
Forum, Inglewood, Calif.

This is the first chance the band will get to perform songs from its latest album, 2014’s Songs of Innocence, for a home crowd. The LP was inspired by the members’ experiences growing up in Dublin, where they were “influenced by ‘70s rock and punk and early ‘80s electronica.”

After a four-night residency at Paris’ Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, Nov. 10-11 and Nov. 14-15, Bono & Co. head home. You can catch U2 at The SSE Arena Belfast Nov. 18-19 and 3Arena in Dublin Nov. 23-24 and Nov. 27-28.

“Finding venues to take this show is actually quite tricky,” The Edge said. “We’re grateful to our overworked crew who finally cracked the reconfiguring to fit these venues.”

Tickets go on sale Sept. 14 at 9 a.m. local time, starting at £30 in Belfast and €30 in Dublin, plus fees. Tickets are limited to two per purchaser.

The band is donating €2 million from these concerts to Music Generation, Ireland’s National Music Education Programme. The organization provides access to high quality performance music education through subsidized tuition.

U2’s website points out, “Music Generation was originally set up with €5m funding from U2’s 2009 shows at Croke Park, along with a further €2m raised by The Ireland Funds.” Music Generation is currently serving 26,000 children and young people.

Visit u2.com for more information.