Will There Be Any More U2 360° SA Tour Shows Added?
This just in: U2 360° Tour in Cape Town (Friday, 18 February) is SOLD OUT!
The only available options left for those wanting to catch U2 in Cape Town are VIP Party Hospitality Packages priced at R2,850. Similar packages are also available for the Joburg show at R3,000. And while there are still a number of seated tickets available for Joburg (Sunday, 13 February) it won’t be long before these are also snapped up.
Stadium hospitality agents Warwick Hospitality and Big Concerts have only announced the availability of these packages late today and there are already a number of rumbles circulating from people who secured (RED)Zone tickets for the shows at a cost of R2,568 who are only now finding out that for a couple of extra hundred Rand they would have opted for these VIP Tour Party options had they known about them. But that’s an issue for a different post.
[ ~ update for those with RZ tickets: Big Concerts will afford you the opportunity to upgrade your RedZone tickets to full VIP tickets simply by paying in the difference in price! If you want to make the change you need to email a scan of your receipts to BC at firstname.lastname@example.org and they’ll take it from there. See the FBook note here: http://on.fb.me/c62KsF No need to thank me 🙂 ~ ]
Which brings me to the point of this post
A lot of folk have been speculating whether U2, their tour management company, Live Nation and local promoters Big Concerts will add extra dates to the two scheduled dates. As early as Saturday, when public ticket sales opened for the concerts’ I was one of the first (if not the first?) to ask the question over on the Big Concert Facebook page. Fans in the Durban area are clamouring for a concert of their own, and others have been asking if dates in Cape Town and Johannesburg will be added to the tour schedule. As I pointed out, the scheduled dates are preceded and followed by a Saturday and we all know that there is no better day to party than a Saturday.
As of this posting though, there has been no response to any of the many requests on their page. They even ignored my post – but I don’t blame them. They were very busy on Saturday 🙂
What it did spur me to do though was have a look at what the approach has been in other places. The band are presently on a short break before the next leg of the tour kicks off in New Zealand and Australia in late-November and December. The tour dates for this part of the 360° were announced 4 months ago – much like the situation here in South Africa. At that time only five concerts were announced. Here’s that announcement from the 9News site:
U2 will play at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium on December 1, at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on December 8, at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on December 13 and at Perth’s Subiaco Oval on December 18. Before heading to Australia, the band will play at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium on November 25. – 9News.com: U2 Announces Australian Tour Dates (Published 19:56 AEST Sun Aug 22 2010.)
Then a quick skip over to the official U2 Tour date list over on U2.com to see what they can tell us. And lo-and-behold there’s twice as many dates for NZ and Aus. One each at each of the five venues. All (bar Melbourne) on the day after the original date.
The second thing that immediately jumps out at you from the list (especially as I’ve marked them in bold in my extract below) is that all of the originally announce five dates are SOLD OUT.
- Nov 25 2010 Auckland NZ Mt. Smart Stadium – SOLD OUT
- Nov 26 2010 Auckland NZ Mt. Smart Stadium – Tickets
- Dec 1 2010 Melbourne AU Etihad Stadium – SOLD OUT
- Dec 3 2010 Melbourne AU Etihad Stadium – Tickets
- Dec 8 2010 Brisbane AU Suncorp Stadium – SOLD OUT
- Dec 9 2010 Brisbane AU Suncorp Stadium – Tickets
- Dec 13 2010 Sydney AU ANZ Stadium – SOLD OUT
- Dec 14 2010 Sydney AU ANZ Stadium – Tickets
- Dec 18 2010 Perth AU Subiaco Oval – SOLD OUT
- Dec 19 2010 Perth AU Subiaco Oval – SOLD OUT
- (as at 26/10/2010 13:15)
Which all leads me to the conclusion that it won’t be long before additional dates are announced for South Africa. I believe pretty soon after the SOLD OUT signs go up for FNB Stadium, we’ll get an announcement. Based on the situation Down Under those dates should probably be:
- Joburg on Monday, 14 February (does a U2 concert sound romantic enough for Valentine’s Day?) I still think the Saturday would make better commercial sense though.
- Cape Town on Saturday, 19 February
Just remember where you read it first. Remember.
(Sadly for the Durbanites, I still doubt that you’ll get a date at all. I hope I’m wrong on that score though.)