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?