U2 for the O2 Arena show?

Band's Manager hints Irish group may consider residency

After rumours U2 might play the O2 Arena, the band’s manager has added to the speculation that they might now play the London venue.

According to CMU Daily Paul McGuinness has said the band, who are expected to return with a new album later this year, may consider playing multiple dates at the venue.

“The O2 has] got great potential for U2,” he said, “and because it’s undercover you can do a run of shows in the autumn.”

Their residency could follow Prince’s mammoth 21-date run of shows last year.

Oasis and Coldplay are also said to be looking at play the O2 this year.

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