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Fan-recorded bootleg captures the band's famous PopMart tour live in Belfast in 1997
NB: The below article was originally published in 2015.
Tickets went on sale this morning for U2's first live concerts in Northern Ireland in 18 years. Fans queued through the night for the chance to see the band play two recently-announced shows at Belfast's SSE Arena, part of a string of Irish dates rounding out their iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE European tour.
Though the former Odyssey Arena's recent revamp means up to 40,000 could be in attendance across the two nights, the same number of people made Bono and co's last visit the single biggest gig the country had ever hosted – a record only broken by Snow Patrol's Ward Park homecoming in 2010.
Taking place on Tuesday, August 26 1997, the gig came as part of U2's mammoth PopMart world tour – featuring a 100 foot golden arch, giant LED screen and a massive lemon – and with the Good Friday Agreement imminent, making it a landmark moment for Belfast and Northern Ireland.
One particularly brave crowd member managed to film the entire performance using the kind of handheld camcorder synonymous with the era, before waiting until 2013 to finally upload the footage online. Despite the video quality being typical of the time, the two-hour recording unquestionably documents a momentous occasion for the city. Watch it in full below.
Tickets for U2's concerts at the SSE Arena on November 18 and 19 are reportedly now close to selling out. For up to date information on allocation and booking visit the venue website.