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.