U2 fans descend on Dublin town

Fans watching U2 DVD on Fleet Street, Dublin
(fans watching U2 DVD outside record shop in Temple Bar)

As a regular visitor to Dublin, I don’t recognise ‘my’ city today. U2 fans have flocked to the Irish capital and now dominate the scene in Temple Bar — the heart of the city centre. A member of U2’s entourage confesses to me: ‘I’m being mobbed everywhere I go.’

Fans are making their ticket swaps on street corners, ‘a Dublin for a Copenhagen, a Paris for your Amsterdam’. Everywhere we turn we find familiar faces or hear of them.Talking to a Swedish fan in the Temple Bar pub I ask if he knows U2 Sweden’s Marie. ‘She’s here in the pub somewhere.’ Members of the mailing list ‘Exit’ are holding court in the Palace Bar. And the amount of Dutch voices in the street is simply alarming.

Even more alarming is the fact that around 20 to 30 fans (all foreign, no Irish!) are already queuing at Croke Park for tomorrow’s first show.

Meanwhile, the weather in Dublin is a little worrying. It’s a sultry day, overcast with slight showers. Will Croke Park 1 be the first wet gig?

10 thoughts on “U2 fans descend on Dublin town

  1. lordy, it must be packed. i was on the scene only a week ago; temple bar was virtually empty during day time, but the breeze was already in the air. add thousands of crazy U2 fans to the usual quite busy buzz of dublin town. it gives me headaches 😉 hahaha

  2. lordy, it must be packed. i was on the scene only a week ago; temple bar was virtually empty during day time, but the breeze was already in the air. add thousands of crazy U2 fans to the usual quite busy buzz of dublin town. it gives me headaches 😉 hahaha

  3. What a madness the amount of fans that are already queing. Good luck with queuing then for the ppl who need some sleep! Must be crazy there. Well the shows will be great cause there won’t be any drop of rain! (:P) On the other hand some rain won’t be bad at all for the atmosphere… just a bit… 🙂

  4. What a madness the amount of fans that are already queing. Good luck with queuing then for the ppl who need some sleep! Must be crazy there. Well the shows will be great cause there won’t be any drop of rain! (:P) On the other hand some rain won’t be bad at all for the atmosphere… just a bit… 🙂

  5. Why oh why am I not in Dublin right now, but instead at my work, in the middle of a summer-heatwave in Holland at this very moment? What was I thinking, when the pre-sales were going on and I just went for Brussels and Amsterdam……?

  6. Why oh why am I not in Dublin right now, but instead at my work, in the middle of a summer-heatwave in Holland at this very moment? What was I thinking, when the pre-sales were going on and I just went for Brussels and Amsterdam……?

  7. Welcome to Dublin Where it all began… To the old timers remember Street Mission (Paddy Power bookmakers are giving me odds of 1 million to 1 that they play it tonight) The June Christmas gigs in McGonagles and the infamous Dandelion Market. My first viewing of U2 was in the Dando when we went to see The Sussed our local band play support to some crowd of Northsiders with a bolshie lead singer. Interestingly in incestuous Dublin Rory Stokes lead singer with The Sussed is a cousin of Niall Stokes of Hot Press. Rory later ran the 1st official U2fan club which was a joint u2/Sussed fan club….how we’ve all grown up.
    Roll on Croker – and the rain has stopped!

  8. Welcome to Dublin Where it all began… To the old timers remember Street Mission (Paddy Power bookmakers are giving me odds of 1 million to 1 that they play it tonight) The June Christmas gigs in McGonagles and the infamous Dandelion Market. My first viewing of U2 was in the Dando when we went to see The Sussed our local band play support to some crowd of Northsiders with a bolshie lead singer. Interestingly in incestuous Dublin Rory Stokes lead singer with The Sussed is a cousin of Niall Stokes of Hot Press. Rory later ran the 1st official U2fan club which was a joint u2/Sussed fan club….how we’ve all grown up.
    Roll on Croker – and the rain has stopped!

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