Poll: U2 360° South Africa Tour Support Acts
Almost 2,300 votes cast, over 80 comments made, and we came nowhere near being able to predict who the U2 support acts for their South African tour dates will be. As most have noted by now, Big Concerts announced late December that Amadou and Mariam and Springbok Nude Girls will open for U2 in February. We’ll have more on these two acts soon.
In the meantime we’ve closed our Polls below and are off to go ponder the deep wisdom of it all…
It occurred to me a few minutes ago that in our excitement and blind gratitude for getting to see U2 in our neighbourhood next year, that no-one has really spoken much (if at all?) about the support acts that will appear on stage before that Irish lot get started.
I said ‘acts‘ because I’m hoping that we’ll get at least two ‘Special Guests’ as they are referred to on the U2.com site. I’d like to see a local artist – what a feather in the cap that would be for our homegrown talent to say they opened for U2. Maybe a 10 – 15 minute set? And then they get followed by a 20 -30 minute performance from an international artist.
Bringing a reasonably high profile international act out will definitely add value to the pricey tickets we have bought (or are going to buy as the case might be.) A solid line-up of support acts would help to ease the sting of the credit card bill at the end of the month.
And besides that, I gather that the ticket prices we’re paying are comparable to tour ticket prices elsewhere, so why shouldn’t we get a comparable level of quality in the total package? And don’t give me that line about “SA is so far away that logistics are difficult.” I don’t buy it any more.
World class African nation, closer to Europe than Australia, top notch infrastructure, talented local technical support crews, a multitude of hugely succesfull international events under our belts. We have it all, and can do it all.
So, with those thoughts in mind, I’ve put together two quick polls for you to consider the local and the international artist that you’d like to see on stage in February next year supporting U2. The local list is a thumb-sucked group whilst the international list is based on the artists that either have already appeared or are scheduled to appear on the 360° Tour.
I know it won’t have any influence on the final decision, but it will be interesting to see what Live Nation/Big Concerts manage to put together for us and compare that to what people are hoping for.
The polls will run until the official announcement is made. If your choice is not in the list drop a Comment Below and I’ll add these as they are suggested (and remove the lowest ranked from the list to keep list length reasonable). You can vote once a day on each of the polls.