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2017 stadium dates shape up

New U2 dates add to a growing number of stadium dates this year

By Rhian Jones on 09 Jan 2017

U2 have just announced an international stadium tour to celebrate 30 years of their seminal album, Joshua Tree, and in doing so join a host of big tours in 2017.

Promoted by Live Nation, the U2 dates begin in May at BC Place in Vancouver, Canada, and will visit multiple stadiums in the US, before playing Twickenham in London, then Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Amsterdam, France and Belgium across 23 dates.

Last year Ticketmaster called 2016 a record year for music in Britain’s stadia, with the number of stadium shows up threefold on 2015.

The ticketing giant also reported a 50% increase in stadium tours in the UK compared to last year. Those included dates by Coldplay, Rihanna, Beyonce, Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, The Stone Roses and Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band.

Last year Ticketmaster called 2016 a record year for music in Britain’s stadia, with the number of stadium shows up threefold on 2015.

This year looks set to be another blockbuster both in the UK and elsewhere thanks to U2, plus stadium dates from Adele, Robbie Williams, Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Depeche Mode, Guns N’Roses and Justin Bieber. Coldplay and The Stone Roses also have more shows lined up and Ed Sheeran is sure to announce a huge tour alongside his third album.

Adele’s last shows of 2017 will be four dates in June and July at London’s Wembley Stadium, where The Stone Roses will also play one show earlier in June as will Jeff Lynne’s ELO on the 24th.

Depeche Mode’s Global Spirit Tour visits the London Stadium on June 3rd amidst a stadium and arena run across 32 cities in Europe.

Guns N’Roses, meanwhile, will play the London Stadium on June 16th and 17th on the Not In This Lifetime run, that also visits Australia, the US, and 15 dates across venues in Pero, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica and Japan.

Robbie Williams’ 2017 European tour dates encompasses a number of stadium dates throughout June and August, including two at Manchester’s Etihad and one at the London Stadium.

Coldplay play Croke Park in Ireland on July 8, and Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on July 11 and 12. Bieber’s Purpose World Tour, meanwhile, will visit a number of stadiums worldwide from February, including Australia, Cardiff, Ireland and the US.


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