U2 fans and ticket scalpers alike have been quick to get their hands on passes for the band’s Australian tour, set to kick off in November.
The first of two performances at the Sydney Cricket Ground has completely sold out, but with tickets selling for more than $3,000 on much-criticised resale site Viagogo, official vendors are reminding concert-goers that legitimate seats are still available for remaining shows around the country.
Live Nation, Ticketek and Ticketmaster’s U2 prices range from just $60 for general admission to almost $500 for a VIP experience and the chance to win a backstage tour.
Artists and promoters have pushed for regulation of ticket reselling for years, with duped customers left unable to enter concert venues after spending hundreds or thousands on invalid tickets.
For fans who do make it through the gates, the Joshua Tree Tour will celebrate the Irish rock band’s album of the same name and mark the four-piece’s first return to Australia since 2010.
The 1987 release was U2’s most successful album, featuring hits including With or Without You and moving more than 25 million copies worldwide.
The band embarked on the tour in 2017 for the album’s 30 year anniversary, playing the complete tracklist for loyal supporters.
Announcing the Oceania leg of the world circuit, famously philanthropic lead-singer Bono said, “It’s only taken me 30 years to learn how to sing these songs and…I’ve finally caught up with the band,”
“Our audience has given The Joshua Tree a whole new life.”
The band has ensured all their devotees can feel involved even in expansive stadiums, with a set featuring two stages and the largest LED stage screen ever used during a concert tour.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, made up of four former Oasis members, will also travel down under as the group’s support act.
U2 will also perform in Melbourne on November 15, Adelaide on November 19, Sydney on November 22 and 23 and in Perth on November 27.
U2 will finish the 2019 leg of their 30th anniversary The Joshua Tree tour with a concert in Mumbai this December - the first time the band has ever played in India.