U2’s ‘iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE’ 2015 World Tour: Dublin Shows See Huge Resale Ticket Prices
After six months on the road, U2 is approaching the final weeks of their massive world tour iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE, and the band is slated to go out with a bang. The European leg of the tour, which kicked off on September 4, has been packing arenas overseas just as consistently as it had in the U.S. and will officially wrap up on November 28 after four sold out shows in the band's home city of Dublin, Ireland. Tickets to see U2 in Dublin have skyrocketed to huge numbers on the resale market, as the cheapest ticket available for all four shows is currently a whopping $897.
U2 has a well-known history of headlining incredibly successful, record-breaking tours. Their prior run, U2 360, which ran from 2009-2011, made history after grossed a total of $736.4 million and moved 7.2 million tickets, Billboard reported. Although iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE hasn't matched those numbers, it has been a notably lucrative run for the Irish band. The North American leg alone grossed $76 million, with about $20 million coming for eight sold out nights in New York City alone.
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With only a few dates left on the calendar, the cheapest tickets are for the band's November 18 stop in Belfast, where a get-in ticket is $286. Conversely, the band will play their most expensive show on November 23 in Dublin at 3Arena, where a get-in ticket is $1,022, according to data provided by Ticketbis.
Additionally, a significant number of secondary ticket sales came from outside of Ireland and the UK highlighting the international pull generated when U2 play in their hometown. Ticketbis says that 51% of total sales to U2's Dublin dates have been purchased from outside Ireland and the UK, especially from countries such as France, Italy, Finland and Norway. The figure is among the highest in terms of international sales of any other cities on their roster.
While the tour has hit smaller venues than U2 played on their prior run, the tour has been noticeably more personal for fans. U2 has invited dozens of all-star guests on stage, adding to the excitement for fans. At the band's New York City shows, guests included Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Lady Gaga and Paul Simon.