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Speculation rife that U2 set to announce smaller venue Belfast and Dublin dates for next year

U2 on stage in Croke Park in Dublin where they played to 80,000 fans in 2009. Photo Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker
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SPECULATION is mounting that U2 could play Belfast when they go on tour next year.

According to music insiders the Dublin rock stars - who kick of their eXPERIENCE + INNOCENCE Tour in the US in May - are set to announce further European dates in coming weeks.

It is expected that the dates will include the SSE Arena in Belfast and a number at the 3Arena in Dublin.

It will be the band's first return to Belfast since November 2015 when they played two nights at the SSE Arena during their INNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour.

Unlike the The Joshua Tree stadium tour 2017, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of their 1987 album of the same name, U2 will play smaller venues.

The band kick of their tour in at the BOK Centre in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 2 at the BOK Centre, which has a capacity of 19,000.

The tour schedule will see the band play a series of venues around the US, finishing up on at the Prudential Centre in Newark, New Jersey on June 29. The venue has a capacity of 18,000.

In the new year, however, it is expected that the band will announce further dates to include Belfast and Dublin in October 2018.

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