Bono makes the comments from the stage in Manchester...

U2 vocalist BONO urged the people of NORTHERN IRELAND to “give peace a chance” on the first UK show of the band’s world tour.

U2 performed the first UK date on their ‘Elevation’ world tour at the Manchester Evening News Arena last night (August 11).

According to the Reuters news service, speaking from the stage, Bono told the capacity crowd that “compromise is not such a bad word after all”.

He said: “Our prayer is that this week brave people make brave decisions and this little island across the little channel does not go back to war.”

The political situation in Northern Ireland is currently at a critical stage. Ongoing negotiations attempting to break the deadlock have proved fruitless and the Stormont power Sharing Assembly has been suspended as parties search for an answer.

During the show, Bono also made a moving tribute to his ill father. “This is for my dad, Bob Hewson,” he said before the band performed ‘Kite’, “He’s only got a few days left.”

It is believed 75-year-old Bob is suffering from cancer.