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U2 to perform in Mumbai—their first gig in India

If you thought the Joshua Tree Tour 2019 schedule was settled after the announcement of the Manila gig in late July, think again.

U2 are going to India for the very first time. They will perform at DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai on 15 December 2019. Our database entry for this gig is here.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at noon, Thursday 1 October (all times local). U2.com members can access a presale from noon, Tuesday 24 September. The local promoter is also running a presale that opens at noon, Thursday 26 September, for which you must register by 11:59pm on Monday 23 September. All details about presale access and registration are in the U2.com announcement.

It looks like this really is the last show left to be announced. U2.com emphasises, in bold, that it is "the final date on The Joshua Tree Tour 2019".

Indian fans have had a very long wait for U2 to visit their country. In late 1983, the band took the War Tour to Japan and Hawaii, and intended to follow these dates with shows in Australia, New Zealand, and India. Instead they decided to take a short rest from touring. The Australian and New Zealand shows took place in August and September 1984 on the Unforgettable Fire Tour, but no Indian show had materialised—until now.

This makes India the fourth country that U2 are visiting for the first time on the Joshua Tree Tour 2019. It means this tour visits the most new countries since Popmart in 1997–98, when the band went to eight new countries. We described this tidbit in detail in the article about Manila, if you want to know more.

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U2 announce first ever concert in the Philippines

Well, well, well. It looked like U2 had finalised the schedule for the Joshua Tree Tour 2019 when the second show in Singapore was added and an extra drop of tickets for the one and only night in Melbourne stood in for the anticipated second night. But it turns out there is another show to announce, and it's an exciting one.

U2 are going to visit the Philippines for the first time. They will perform at the Philippine Arena, Manila on 11 December 2019. Our database entry for this gig is here.

If you want tickets you are going to have to wait about a month. A presale for U2.com subscribers will commence on Sunday, 1 September at 10am local time. The general sale will commence on Thursday, 5 September, also at 10am local. Further details are in the U2.com announcement.

The Philippines is the third country U2 will perform in for the first time this year, after Singapore and South Korea. This is the first time U2 have visited three new countries on a single tour since the 360 Tour in 2009–11, when they visited Croatia, Russia, and Turkey for the first time. The last time they visited more than three new countries was the Popmart Tour of 1997–98, when they visited eight countries for the first time: Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Czech Republic, Greece, Israel, and Poland. On Popmart they also also played their first ever headline show in Finland, having only performed at a festival there before. On other post-Popmart tours, they visited one new country on the Joshua Tree Tour 2017 (Colombia) and no new countries on Elevation, Vertigo, Innocence + Experience, or Experience + Innocence. On those tours, of course, they visited a number of cities they had never been to before, or cities and countries that they had not visited for a long time.

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U2 announce second concert in Singapore

Tickets have sold well for U2's debut concert in Singapore—so well, in fact, that the band have announced a second show.

U2's second concert in Singapore will take place on 1 December 2019 at the National Stadium. Our database listing for this concert is here.

Presales for U2.com subscribers will commence tomorrow, Friday 21 June, at 1pm local time. The public sale begins at 10am local time on Monday 24 June.

It is possible that the demand in Singapore has exceeded expectations substantially. At the moment, the blurb on U2.com's homepage linking to the announcement refers to "massive ticket demand"; the article itself describes an "overwhelming response". U2.com has used similar language before but in this instance it seems especially strong. Our friends at U2songs reported a few days ago that one of their sources, who has been extremely reliable, did not anticipate a second night in Singapore.

The official announcement states that this is Singapore's "second and final" show, but it makes no mention of the tour leg as a whole. It is possible more shows are yet to be announced. U2songs writes that second shows in Melbourne and Seoul are both possibilities. Seated tickets in Seoul sold fast, but GA tickets have moved much more slowly. It is questionable whether a second show will be added there.

Melbourne, we hope, will get a second show. There is a gap for it in the itinerary: U2 these days normally work on a pattern of 2 nights on, 2 nights off, and at the moment they have 1 on and 3 off between Melbourne and Adelaide (there is no room to add shows after Brisbane, Adelaide, or Perth without breaking this pattern). Melbourne tickets sold quickly, and even when the show was not listed as "sold out", it had fewer tickets available than the ostensibly sold-out Auckland, at which point a second night in Auckland was added.

Melbourne has always had multiple shows on U2 tours of Australia with the exception of the notably poor-selling Popmart Tour in 1998, when no Australian city got a second night. That show was also at the old Waverley Park, a larger venue than today's Docklands Stadium, so no wonder a second show did not happen in 1998. U2songs states that there has been an unspecified "logistical issue" with Melbourne's first show that should be resolved during this week. That concert is now fully sold out, so if a second night is coming, an announcement is hopefully not far away.

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U2 confirm details for Singapore concert

Today U2 have confirmed the details for their concert in Singapore.

The band will perform at Singapore's National Stadium on 30 November 2019, in between their concerts in Perth and Tokyo. Our database listing for this concert is here.

A presale for U2.com fanclub members commences at 10am this coming Monday, 17 June. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on Thursday 20 June. All times are local.

This show will be U2's first visit to Singapore, or to any southeast Asian country. There had been plans for a Singapore concert on the Popmart Tour, scheduled provisionally on 16 March 1998, but that show was never confirmed or announced publicly. Instead, U2 performed their first ever show on the African continent on that date. Over 21 years later, Singaporean fans will finally get to see U2 on their home turf.

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Additional shows for Auckland and Sydney

As anticipated, U2 have added extra shows in Auckland and Sydney for the Joshua Tree Tour 2019. Both of them are stipulated as the "second and final" shows in the respective  cities.

The second Auckland show will be on 9 November 2019 at Mount Smart Stadium. Ticket presales commence for U2.com subscribers at 10am this Thursday, 13 June. The general public sale commences at 1pm on Monday, 17 June. All times local. Our database listing for this show is here.

The second Sydney show will be on 23 November 2019 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Ticket presales commence for U2.com subscribers at 11am this Thursday, 13 June. The general public sale commences at midday on Monday, 17 June. All times local. Our database listing for this show is here.

It can be taken as read that the "second and final" Auckland show is also the "second and final" New Zealand show; there is no prospect of a third Kiwi gig in another city (come on lads, go full Lovetown Revival and return to Wellington and Christchurch!). But what about extra Australian shows? At the time of writing, GA standing tickets and a fair number of seats remain available for Adelaide, Brisbane, and Perth so second shows will not be happening there, nor was there room in the schedule for Adelaide or Brisbane anyway.

The big question is whether Melbourne will get a second show. Many fans had assumed it would; there is an apparent gap for one on 16 November. At the time of writing, looking at the live seating map on Ticketmaster for the current Melbourne show, there is only one section (234) with rows of unsold seats; this is at the top $377 price bracket. All other sections with seats for sale only have a tiny smattering of singles—besides section 234, there are no pairs of seats available anywhere in the venue and GA sold out long ago. The demand appears to be there for a second show, but will Melbourne get one? We will keep you posted.

We also have received a number of questions about Singapore. The band have still not confirmed the date or venue for that concert. Again, we will keep you posted.

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