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U2 announce European tour dates for 2018

Today, U2 have announced tour dates for Europe in 2018, representing the second leg of the Experience + Innocence Tour. It begins at the end of August, two months after the end of the North American leg, and runs through to late October, featuring twelve shows in eleven cities in eight countries.

The dates are:

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday 26 January, except for Copenhagen, which goes on sale on Monday 29 January. There will be U2.com subscriber presales for all venues starting at 10am (venue local time), Thursday 18 January for eXPERIENCE group members; iNNOCENCE group can access presales from 10am, Friday 19 January, with the presales closing for all groups at 5pm on Saturday, 20 January. Keep an eye on your emails for subscriber presale info.

You will note that Paris and Milan are the only cities to have two dates included in the announcement. It is a safe bet, however, that most of these cities will get multiple shows, if justified by the volume of ticket sales—there is room for at least one extra show in each city (allowing for U2's preference of two nights off after plsying two nights in a row).

U2 are no stranger to any of these countries, nor to most of these cities. The one that sticks out is Hamburg; the last time U2 performed in Germany's second-largest city was 28 January 1985.

This tour will feature U2's first arena concert anywhere in Portugal. All previous shows have been stadium headline gigs or, back on 3 August 1982, an outdoor festival. Their most recent show in Portugal was in Coimbra on 3 October 2010; their last show in Lisbon was 14 August 2005.

U2 also haven't been to Denmark since the 360 Tour, with the most recent show in Horsens on 16 August 2010. They haven't visited the Danish capital since 31 July 2005. It appears this will be U2's only Scandinavian city of the current tour, having visited Sweden in 2015 on the IE Tour. That means Finland misses out on any IE/EI Tour action entirely, while Norway hasn't seen the band since 2005.

As for Madrid, Milan and Manchester, these are their first concerts for some time. U2 last played Madrid on 11 August 2005. Milan was last played on 8 July 2009, and this is the first arena show in the city since 22 May 1992. And Manchester gets its first U2 gig since 15 June 2005.

All the other cities on the schedule featured in either U2's 2015 or 2017 itinerary, or both in the cases of Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, and London.

And no, your eyes do not deceive you: there are no Irish dates in the announcement. But U2.com have indicated that dates in Belfast and Dublin are in the works and will be announced later.

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Second dates for San Jose and Inglewood

Two more concerts have received additional dates for the first leg of the upcoming tour. Both take place the night after the first announced concert. The two new dates are:

Regarding presales, U2.com states the following:

"Verified U2.com Subscribers who did not use their unique ticketing presale code to buy tickets in November's presales will be able to enter the presales for these additional shows starting next Tuesday , December 5th (10am) and running until Thursday Dec 7th (5pm). Qualifying subscribers will be emailed ahead of these presales. Tickets for these shows go on general sale on Monday December 11th at 10am.

Registration/Setup for Subscribers (new or existing) who have not yet registered and would like to take part in these presales is now open and will close this Sunday, December 3 (10pm ET / 7pm PT).

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Update: U2 manager Guy Oseary responds to fans' concerns over E+I Tour pre-sales

Late Tuesday, U2 manager Guy Oseary sent a formal response to fans' concerns over the band's Experience + Innocence Tour ticket pre-sales process. A group of U2 fans worldwide -- many of whom work on U2 fan sites -- presented those concerns to U2 and its management last Friday in a letter that addressed, among other issues, how pre-sale codes were distributed, how pre-sale tickets were allotted and a perceived lack of transparency over the pre-sale ticketing process. Prior to receipt of the letter, Guy Oseary sent a preliminary response that can be read here.

In order to be transparent with our readers, the fans and fan sites involved in this process present below both our letter to U2/management and Guy Oseary's reply. Both of those are shared in their entirety below the jump.

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Six more cities receive second concerts + U2.com FAQ update

As Montreal did yesterday, five more cities on the first leg of the Experience + Innocence Tour have had second concerts announced. All of them take place the day after the first announced shows. The new concert dates are:

Presales begin 28 November, with the general sale following on 4 December.

As pointed out by U2Songs earlier today on Twitter, U2.com have updated their tour FAQ. The update states the following:

  1. You will be emailed the day before if you are a "Verified Subscriber";
  2. You do not need to setup the account a second time if you already did for the first announcements;
  3. You can complete the setup for these shows if you did not for the first announced;
  4. If you were verified and did not purchase two tickets for the first shows, you can buy up to two for the night 2s;
  5. If you bought one ticket for the first shows, you can purchase one more for these concerts


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Second Montreal concert announced

Evenko, the ticket sellers for concerts in Quebec, have announced a second date in Montreal on the upcoming tour. We expect other additional dates to be announced soon.

To purchase tickets for the second concert you must again sign up for the "Verified Fan" system at this time. If you registered for tickets for the 5 June concert, you do need to sign up again for a 'chance to be selected' for this date. This applies to U2.com subscribers, Citi card holders, and general Joe Public.

If you are a paid U2.com member and did not use either your "Experience" or "Innocence" code for the first round of announcements, you must register for this by 23 November at 10PM local time. The sale for you begins 28 November.

Holders of Citi cards must register for their presale by 27 November at 10PM local. That sale begins on 30 November.

If you want a chance of tickets for the general public sale, you must sign up by 1 December at 10PM local. Those tickets will become available for purchase on either 4 December or 5 December; at this time Evenko states that the day of sale depends "on market".


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