By SYDNEY MORWENG
World’s famous rock and pop outfit U2 are expected in South Africa next year for their two live 360 degrees concert tours.
This was the confirmation from the event organizers Big Concerts, who identified both Johannesburg and Cape Town as the hosts for this mouthwatering event.
For Joburg, FNB Stadium will attempt to break the record for crowd attendance, and Greenpoint stadium Cape Town will follow suit.
The Johannesburg concert takes place on February 13 next year with the second concert taking place at Cape Town on February 19.
“It does not get bigger than this,” says Stadium Management Chief Executive, Jacques Grobbelaar. “Congratulations to Big Concerts on pulling off a great entertainment coup – we can’t wait to host this amazing event.”
Grobbelaar says the tour is likely to break local records for stadium attendance, with an expected 110 000 tickets to go on sale.
FNB Stadium has become a household name internationally as the flagship stadium for the FIFA 2010 World Cup, and with a billing like U2 is likely to be showcased to millions of television viewers worldwide as well.
Every seat in the stadium will be put to use, with the unique circular stage envisioned for the concert, to ensure that as many fans as possible get to see U2 live in concert. The stadium has previously hosted a record 94 700 spectators.
It is expected that local acts will be considered for the opening, although the organizers have not confirmed this.
As customary with international music groups, fans will have to dig deep into their pockets to get hold of the tickets.
Ticket sales are open and Stadium Management SA will make various hospitality packages available in the Prime View Suites and Budget Public View Suites, as well as parking tickets in three categories.
All ticket sales are on sale at any Computicket outlet across South Africa.