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Old 04-11-2002, 10:59 AM   #1
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Londonderry gig?

OK, OK, i KNOW that we all probably *hate* rumors right now, after the whole "summer tour fiasco", but i thought that i'd pass the following article along. it seems that there's still a *possibility* that U2 will play a festival in N. Ireland this summer, at least according to what a government official said on the radio yesterday (see article below). HOWEVER, given everything that's happened with regards to the summer, it's probably not true, so please don't get mad at me if it's a bunch of BS!

anyway, read the article below and decide for yourselves.

April 11, 2002
From Global Newswire:

SUPERGROUP SET FOR ULSTER CONCERT
IAN STARRETT

April 11, 2002

SUPERGROUP U2 are being lined up to play live at an
open-air concert in Londonderry this
summer, Michael McGimpsey said yesterday.

The Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister let the news
slip when he took part in a live interview on
Mark Patterson's BBC Radio Foyle show. Mr McGimpsey
had come on the line to answer Sinn
Fein claims that his department was purposely refusing
to provide funding for the annual Foyle
Cup youth soccer competition this summer, while
providing a substantial cash boost for the
annual Northern Ireland International Milk Cup
tournament in Coleraine.

However, while outlining events to be held in
Londonderry for which substantial funding was
being provided - including a forthcoming jazz and big
band festival and the Foyle Film Festival -
Mr McGimpsey admitted that serious plans were afoot to
bring Bono and the boys to the banks
of the River Foyle in several months time.

He said: "I can't confirm anything other than that we
have been asked to look at an application
for a U2 concert. It is yet to be confirmed for Derry
2002."

He suggested that the Undertones, the city's re-formed
punk rock idols, would be a good support
act but that would be up to the organisers.

Canadian rock star Bryan Adams topped the bill last
August when the first major open-air rock
concert in Londonderry was staged at Prehen Playing
Fields, in the Waterside.

More than 9,000 fans turned out to see the Groover
from Vancouver in action.

This is again the likely venue if the U2 concert gets
the official go-ahead.

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Old 04-11-2002, 11:17 AM   #2
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Fuck that!

If they do go to Derry, cant go, to dangerous.....
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I totally DO NOT believe that U2 would gather up all their roadies, equipment, rehearse and everything for one festival gig.

Sorry but it makes no sense whatsoever.

not that I'm being negative or anything!
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What is so bad about Derry?

I live in Calif. I know it's Northern Ireland and all but I haven't heard about things being violent over there for a while.

Please enlighten me!
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yeh they riot every night.. they r still fighting- that derry concert was a rumour it said in the belfast telegraph
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Derry? Dangerous? Yeah right!
There is far more rioting and bad behaviour going on in Belfast than there ever is in Derry. The locals are friendly and far more open than their counterparts east of the Bann, there's a great nightlife and a plenty of cultural attractions to entertain tourists.It would be a great place to have a gig and would be excellent for the local economy.
As for whether or not it will take place, there have been a lot of stories now about a summer gig, and as they say, there's no smoke without fire. The Edge is a big fan of the city, and at least it would be somewhere different to the Belfast/Dublin axis. If it were as part of the festival, the band wouldn't need to bring all their gear with them - most of the facilities would be available there.
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Originally posted by oktobergirl:
What is so bad about Derry?

I live in Calif. I know it's Northern Ireland and all but I haven't heard about things being violent over there for a while.

Please enlighten me!
Yes please tell us what is so scary about it. I always heard Belfast was the scary bomb place, are thing okay there now?



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Old 04-12-2002, 08:37 AM   #8
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I just, would never go to Derry, end of story................violence still happens here, curtesy of youths ages 8 - 18.....thank u.

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you all have the wrong idea of belfast its not bomb city..its fine.
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I quite like Derry, it is really coming together as a place i think, although there are some areas you would probably avoid
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thanks maddie us belfast girls r jsut fine and normal arent we?
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