U2 coming to South Africa

2010-10-22 00:00

U2 is coming to South Africa in February­. This will be the band’s second visit to the country since the PopMart Tour in 1998. U2 will make history­ as the first band to stage concerts­ in the World Cup stadia in two cities — Johannesburg­ (February 13) and Cape Town (February 19) — with two dates scheduled for the New Year as part of the U2 360° Tour.

“U2 has always been at its best when surrounded by its audience, and 360° allows this to happen — in stadia,” says U2’s manager Paul McGuinness. “South Africa has the best stadia in the world now and we’re really looking forward to bringing the full U2 360° production into these fantastic facilities.”

Having just completed the European leg of the U2 360° Tour, the band is due to arrive in New Zealand and Australia before Christmas, and by the time it reaches South Africa, U2 360° will have been seen by more than 4,5 million fans.

With a cylindrical video system of interlocking LED panels, and a steel structure rising 45 metres from the floor, over a massive stage with rotating­ bridges, the band has created an intimate 360º experience for concertgoers. Longtime U2 show director­ Willie Williams has worked again with architect Mark Fisher (ZooTV, PopMart, Elevation and Vertigo), to create his sixth stage, with an innovative 360 design, which affords an unobstructed view for the audience.

“To have an in-the-round transportable stadium production is something that the touring industry has been trying to figure out for some time,” said U2 tour producer-promoter Arthur Fogel, CEO of Live Nation Global Touring. “The extra capacity­ U2 360° gives us means that there are a large number — several thousand in fact — of low-priced tickets­ at every show. With its unique staging configuration, U2 360° has excellent sight-lines.”

Tickets in both cities will start at R161, with general admission floor tickets available at R401. Reserved seat tickets are also available, starting at R428 in Cape Town and R696 in Johannesburg.

Presale tickets have already gone on sale for U2.com subscribers, while public tickets for the U2 performances­ in South Africa will go on sale tomorrow through Computicket at www.computicket.com or at 083 91 5800.

The South African dates are produced by Live Nation Global Touring in association with Big Concerts (a Live Nation partner).

The tour media partners are 94.7 Highveld Stereo, 94.5 KFM and M-Net­.

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