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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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U2 announce Joshua Tree Tour of NZ, Australia, Asia

Today, U2 have announced that they will embark upon the Joshua Tree Tour 2019 to New Zealand, Australia, and Asia in November and December 2019. This tour includes U2's first ever concerts in two countries: Singapore and South Korea.

The tour dates are:

  • 2019-11-08 - Auckland, New Zealand - Mt Smart Stadium
  • 2019-11-12 - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia - Suncorp Stadium
  • 2019-11-15 - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia - Marvel Stadium
  • 2019-11-19 - Adelaide, South Australia, Australia - Adelaide Oval
  • 2019-11-22 - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia - Sydney Cricket Ground
  • 2019-11-27 - Perth, Western Australia, Australia - Optus Stadium
  • 2019-12-04 - Tokyo, Japan - Saitama Super Arena
  • 2019-12-05 - Tokyo, Japan - Saitama Super Arena
  • 2019-12-08 - Seoul, South Korea - Gocheok Sky Dome
  • Plus a concert in Singapore, the date and venue to be confirmed

Tickets go on sale first to U2.com subscribers. These presales began on Tuesday 4 June, and there will also be a Live Nation presale before the general public sale commences on Tuesday 11 June. Those dates are for the NZ and Australian shows—there are some variances for the Asian dates, the details of which are on U2.com.

As noted above, U2 have never been to Singapore or South Korea. It is their first visit to Australia and New Zealand since November/December 2010, and the first to Japan since November/December 2006. Adelaide was not included in the 2010 itinerary, so like Japan this is U2's first visit to South Australia since that 2006 tour.

This is the first tour since the Lovetown Tour in 1989 to feature concerts in all five Australian mainland state capital cities. Every tour since then has visited either Adelaide or Perth, but not both. Unfortunately, the band continue to only perform in Auckland in New Zealand; they have not played anywhere else in the country since 1 December 1993 in Christchurch. Auckland is, however, an appropriate place to bring the Joshua Tree Tour, as One Tree Hill/Maungakiekie, the volcanic hill that inspired the song, is visible from Mount Smart Stadium.

U2 are playing the same venues in Auckland, Brisbane, and Melbourne as they did in 2010 (the Melbourne venue now under a new name), and the same venue in Japan as they did in 2006. The concert in Perth is, naturally, U2's first time at the recently opened Optus Stadium. The concert in Adelaide is their first at Adelaide Oval, be that before or after its refurbishment; they never played the unrefurbished Oval, performing stadium shows at Football Park instead. The concert in Sydney is their first at the SCG, no doubt a choice dictated in part by the controversial stadium demolition and redevelopment plans that have occupied much attention this year in New South Wales.

There is room in the itinerary for second shows in Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney, and possibly Perth depending on when the Singapore date is scheduled. If tickets sell fast enough for the above dates in those cities, keep your eyes peeled for an announcement of second shows.

For the trainspotters, here is a fun little factlet. U2's last concert in Adelaide, 16 November 2006, was exactly 13 years to the day since the band had previously performed in the city, on 16 November 1993. The gap from 2006 to this year's show? 13 years and 3 days.

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Analyzing U2's 2019 subscription package

So with the news that the (as-yet unnamed) 2019 subscription gift will be a double CD covering the 2015 and 2018 tours, discussion invariably leads to speculation on the track listing. Let's take a look at what was played on tour and at U2's past subscription releases to see if we can guess what will be coming!

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2019 U2.com subscription package announced

We are a couple days late on this one, but U2.com have revealed their subscription package for 2019. It will be a double CD covering both the 2015 i+e and 2018 e+i tours, and users will also be able to download the tracks from the website. Like U22 and Edge's Picks before it, the two CDs will come packaged in a photographic book which will also cover both tours. This should please even the people who normally don't read, as the previous few subscription gifts - Another Time Another Place, The Joshua Tree singles, and 3-D Dance Mixes - had reports of damage following shipping. As the book itself will offer protection for the CDs (assuming they are placed inside the cover like the two 360 tour releases) that should not be an issue this time around.

The announcement specifies that the track listing will be revealed early in 2019, with a bolded emphasis on the statement "shipping beginning in Spring 2019." That will of course be much earlier than this year's package, which was only announced in April and shipped beginning in September (we are still waiting for arrival at the U2Gigs German and Canadian HQs). This does of course assume that U2.com stick to schedule (Another Time Another Place was initially announced with a spring release but was not shipped until late July, with many fans receiving it from August onwards, for example). Tracks will be available to download beginning in January with more becoming available at regular interviews. And the other usual benefits also apply.

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