U2 tour 2018: UK dates and everything else you need to know
U2 return to the UK in 2018 with two dates at Manchester Arena and London’s The O2 Arena - with Ireland dates soon to be announced.
Here’s everything we know about the U2 UK tour, including a breakdown of their latest album ‘Songs of Experience’.
U2’s ‘eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour’ - UK dates and cities
Ireland’s favourite sons thrilled fans when they announced they would be extending their world tour to include UK dates - as well as in the rest of Europe - after previously only offering shows in North America.
Fans have been clamouring for tickets to see Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr at one of the seven UK tour dates in October and November 2018:
- Manchester Arena (UK) - October 19
- Manchester Arena (UK) - October 20
- London, The O2 Arena (UK) - October 23
- London, The O2 Arena (UK) - October 24
- Belfast, SSE Arena (UK) - October 27
- Belfast, SSE Arena (UK) - October 28 (NEW)
- Dublin, 3Arena (Ireland) - November 5
- Dublin, 3Arena (Ireland) - November 6
- Dublin, 3Arena (Ireland) - November 9 (NEW)
- Dublin, 3Arena (Ireland) - November 10 (NEW)
U2’s last UK tour dates were in July 2017 at Twickenham stadium as part of ‘The Joshua Tree Tour 2017’. They were supported by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.
No news yet as to who the support acts will be for the UK shows in 2018.
The band also played a one-off gig in Trafalgar Square in November 2017 ahead of their Global Icon Award win at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
UPDATE: U2 have revealed their 2018 tour dates will come accompanied by an AR (artificial reality) app.
The app offers concert-goers an enhanced experience when pointing a smartphone at the 100' LED wall on stage. Fans who aren't lucky enough to have U2 tickets can also point it at the new album cover for a exclusive treat.
U2’s latest album ‘Songs of Experience’
The ‘eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour’ is in support of U2’s latest album ‘Songs of Experience’ a sequel to their previous record ‘Songs of Innocence’.
The new album - U2’s 14th studio LP - was released in December 2017 and went to number one in the US charts. It was the first time a band has topped the US album charts in four consecutive decades. It reached number five in the UK.
The album cover (above) shows Bono’s son Eli holding hands with The Edge’s daughter Sian.
Thematically, ‘Songs of Experience’ tackles issues close to lead singer Bono’s heart, while companion album ‘Songs of Innocence’ dealt with the band’s early years. The concept for the new album came about after Irish poet Brendan Kennelly advised Bono to “write as if you’re dead.”
The album was promoted in an unconventional way when the band sent postal marketing to fans teasing the release.
The first single to drop from the album was ‘You’re The Best Thing About Me’, which references Bono’s “brush with mortality” after a bike accident in 2014.
U2 followed up with ‘Get Out Of Your Own Way’ as the album’s second single, which they performed live at the MTV EMAs before they were given the Global Icon Award. The track also features Kendrick Lamar.
U2 later released an official video for 'Get Out Of Your Own Way'.
The colourful video - which doesn't feature Kendrick Lamar's outro as it appears on the album - is a politically-fuelled animation with several references to US president Donald Trump.
The band also released videos for ‘The Blackout’...
...and a lyric video for ‘American Soul’, another collaboration with 'Humble' rapper Kendrick Lamar.
Stay tuned to LineUp for more on U2’s UK tour 2018, including the latest on dates and tickets.