U2 mania hits Australia

120,000 tickets sold in six hours

U2 have sold over 120,000 tickets in six hours, as fans in Australia and New Zealand scrambled to get an opportunity to see the band tour down under for the first time in eight years today (December 5).

The band’s March 31 show at Sydney‘s 70,000 seat Telstra Stadium sold-out within an hour of the ‘Vertigo 06’ tour date going on sale, while a further 55,000 were sold in Melbourne to sell out the Telstra Dome by early afternoon. The band’s Ericsson Stadium show in Auckland, New Zealand, on March 17 has also sold out.

While more dates are yet to be announced, it is believed extra shows will include Melbourne on March 25 and April 1 in Sydney. A notice on the promoter’s website says a ‘special announcement’ will be made tomorrow.

Current dates announced:

Auckland Ericsson Stadium (March 17)

Brisbane Queensland Sports & Athletics Centre (21)

Melbourne Telstra Done (24)

Adelaide AAMI Stadium (28)

Sydney Telstra Stadium (31)